In 2002 Susan moved to Nashville and dove in—you can hear the Nashville musical and lyrical influence in Release, which she recorded in 2005. Everything is a little rootsier than what she was doing with her LA band Susan’s Room. She was writing other people’s stories as well as her own, and she was thinking a lot about transitions of all kinds: the theme is throughout the CD. You'll catch it in the songs "I Don't Do That Anymore", "I'm a Beginner Again", "Crack In The Ceiling", and "Good Times Left", among others.
Susan met some amazing musicians and singers my first couple of years in Nashville, and many of them played or sang on Release: Bryan Owings on drums, Dave Francis on bass, Steve Conn on organ and accordian, Jim Hoke on dobro and harmonica, as well as Hillary Scott (pre-Lady Antebellum), Dana Cooper, Kathy Hussey, and Susan's Room alumnus Ritt Henn. She and Tom co-produced the album.