Music from South Carolina, shaped by experience in Cuba
The music of SUSTO has been given many labels—Americana, alt-country, southern folk, indie rock, even gospel—and though these descriptions aren't 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. Growing up in Puddin’ Swamp, a small town in rural South Carolina, Osborne embraced the locals’ clear conversational style of storytelling. Attending the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. Justin was given the opportunity to study abroad in Havana, Cuba. There he was captivated by the authenticity and honesty of local musicians' lyrics and their ability to bring humor to the darker aspects of life. He began performing around Havana, and even co-wrote two songs with local musician Camilo Miranda. The willingness of the locals to listen without reservations instilled in Osborne the realization that this—writing music, performing, traveling—is what he needed to be doing with his life. By the end of 2013, Osborne arrived back in Charleston, driven to succeed and surrounded by a local arts community that not only embraced his music, but also wanted to be a part of it. In spring 2014, SUSTO released their self-titled debut album.They have since completed two more North American tours and opened for major acts such as Boston, Band of Horses, Iron & Wine, and Shovels & Rope. They come to Michigan with their sophomore release, "I'm Fine Today," ready to go. The Knoxville quintet Cereus Bright opens.