SONS are as good as it gets when it comes to skewing the notion of 3-part harmony within original, whimsical songs that spring from both a folk tradition and some other melodic planet you might never have visited. A trio made up of Sue Demel, Deborah Lader and Bruce Roper, these three kind of mixed-up adults of perfect parentage are just crazy enough to think life in the fast lane comes with a banjo (wait, doesn’t it?). For 20 years, Sons has been wowing their fans with their music, humor, and outrageously fun live shows.
Deborah Lader has a folk sensibility that hits me where I live”, says Art Thieme! Deborah’s diverse influences converge and are expressed through her unique and multifaceted music. A nationally recognized visual artist, Deb is also a skilled multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, banjo, etc.) with a special gift for songwritiing and a sought-after affinity for vocal harmony.
Sue Demel has one of the more unique voices in folk music today”, claims Sing Out Magazine. Whether it’s scatting, chanting, weaving or arranging, Sue explodes the pre-conceived notions of harmony singing. She is a seasoned backup vocalist and her body of work as a songwriter achieves a rare peace between the boundaries of love and redemption.
Bruce Roper has written the near perfect song”, according to the A.P. Newswire. His lyrics roll off the tongue and his subtle turn of a phrase have the capacity to delight, even when delivered over the 3 chords he learned in eight grade. His reputation in the Folk Industry is that of a crafted, prolific writer. His songs feel like they were written by a wise old poet, yet sung with the innocence of a child. He has a gift for painting the melancholy with words, often with a wink and a nod. In this way, he makes things that are hard to say, easy to hear.