I’m always happy when a hometown band gets an opportunity share their talents with the rest of the nation. That’s why I was so proud to see The Suffers tear it up on their network television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman. The ten-piece band from Houston, TX are redefining the sound of Gulf Coast Soul, intertwining elements of Classic American Soul with Rock & Roll. Both sonically and visually arresting, the large ensemble packs each position of the rhythm section and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin’s massive voice. The band’s sincerity and emotion are laid bare in their music, which has garnered an audience so broad and varied that they may prove to be the panacea for a jaded and stratified live music scene.
In this video, The Suffers, perform their song, “Gwan.” What I like most about this video is that lead singer, Kam Franklin, represents her Texas heritage by performing in cowboy boots.