The 10-piece outfit, formed in 2011, is redefining Gulf Coast soul with a unique sound and infectious rhythms that have led to performances at music festivals across the country, including the Crested Butte Music Festival, Seven Sisters Fest, Rhythm and Blooms Fest and the Voodoo Experience, as well as at Houston's Free Press Summer Fest.
In January, the group released their debut EP, Make Some Room, which they're currently promoting with a tour featuring dates around the nation, including Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Louisville. The tour kicked off with a show this weekend in North Carolina at the ConvergNC Southern Music Festival before their hotly anticipated performance on The Late Show on Monday (10:35 p.m., Channel 11).
"It's a childhood dream that I never thought would happen, and I'm just trying to enjoy this moment."
"I'm incredibly honored to be performing on Letterman," The Suffers' lead singer Kam Franklin tells CultureMap. "It's a childhood dream that I never thought would happen, and I'm just trying to enjoy this moment."
So how did these local heroes score a covetable spot on the show?
"Buyers from the Letterman show came and saw the band during CMJ Music Marathon in New York in October at the urging of mutual friends," manager Mark C. Austin says. "They were blown away from what we can gather and started calling a few weeks later. This has been months in the making."
Be sure to check out The Suffers before their appearance on The Late Show and watch the official video for their single, "Make Some Room" (see video above).