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SUSTO has been given many labels—Americana, alt-country, southern folk, indie rock, even gospel—and though none of these descriptions are inaccurate, they only provide part of the picture. Bandleader and songsmith Justin Osborne’s lyrics bring the full picture into view. He weaves catchy hooks into honest storytelling, utilizing gothic imagery, wry humor, and social commentary to convey his confessional tales. His gravelly, pitch-perfect voice is the ideal vehicle to bring these heartfelt expressions to the listener and the sincerity he exudes while performing is palpable. Pair that
with perfectly nuanced folk-rock instrumentation, and SUSTO remains in a genre all its own.
In spring 2014, SUSTO released their self-titled debut album produced by Charleston, SC local, Wolfgang Zimmerman. The album quickly garnered acclaim from fans and critics alike. CLTure named it one of ten best albums of the year, and the music blog Bucket Full of Nails called it, “a flawlessly executed album, front to back.” Ben Bridwell, leader of Band of Horses, lauded it, saying, “I fell in love with the album immediately,” adding, “[It] was so full of great hooks and great storytelling.”
Following the album’s release, Osborne went on an extensive North American solo tour to promote it. Upon returning to Charleston, he solidified a permanent live band consisting of himself (vocals, guitar, keys), Corey Campbell (guitar, keys, backing vocals), Johnny Delaware (guitar, keys, backing vocals), Jenna Desmond (bass), and Marshall Hudson (drums, percussion). They have since completed two more North American tours and opened for major acts such Boston, Band of Horses, Iron & Wine, and Shovels & Rope.
SUSTO is continuing to tour nationally, with a North American headline touring beginning on January 13, 2017 to coincide with the release of their new album & I’m Fine Today. SUSTO with be joining The Lumineers for 17 dates beginning in late February.