Suffer No More

Houston band gets national attention with a late-night appearance on David Letterman show

Houston band gets national attention with appearance on Letterman show

Houston's favorite soulful rock-and-roll group, The Suffers, has landed the ultimate gig — performing on The Late Show with David Letterman — and they haven't even released a full-length album yet.

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 FestRhythm 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."

If you want to revel in the excitement, there are even a few viewing parties around town at spots like MKT BarKhon's and The Hay Merchant.

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).

The Suffers
The Suffers will perform on The Late Show with David Letterman Monday night. Courtesy of The Suffers