The Lied To’s

The Lied To’s

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

The Lied To’s

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Taking their name from the revered Everly Brothers song, “When Will I Be Loved,” The Lied To’s (Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler) collaborate to put the challenges of relationships squarely under their musical microscope with a formidable blend of folk, rock and country-tinged music.

The Lied To’s are Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler, two Massachusetts-based singer-songwriters who joined musical forces in 2014, released their self-titled debut cd at the legendary Club Passim in February 2015, and have been playing together ever since. 

On February 17, 2018 The Lied To’s will release their sophomore record, The Lesser of Two Evils, at Club Passim. The new album more deeply explores the themes examined on their first record, including those of love, loss, uncertainty, endurance and hope after personal hardships and during trying times.

What began as a musical partnership – two solo singer-songwriters coming together to create a unique and unified sound – has evolved into a personal partnership. Both Susan and Doug are single parents of two young children a piece. Juggling family life, music, their relationship, and day jobs (Susan is a music therapist and Doug is a music producer) can be a struggle, though it is often inspiration for material. While the songs from their debut album emerged from the emotional turmoil of divorce and its aftermath, their upcoming record covers the terrain of what comes next – the grief that lingers, but also the acceptance, hope for healing and love that remains.

 

Rob Laurens

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Rob Laurens is a songwriter’s songwriter. With a keen eye for subtle, understated detail, Rob creates songs whose lyrics resonate like the words of a writer; his songs tell stories, often expressing the kind of ideas and complexity of emotions more typically tackled in the work of a novelist. However, his writing is not over-burdened or pretentious. Rather, Rob creates songs that are subtle and insightful, with meanings that deepen with repeated listening.

Steeped in the knowledge of many kinds of American traditional music – especially Appalachian ballads – Rob seeks to emulate the best folk songs, which possess these traits. Rob has lived and traveled throughout the United States, and has had the opportunity to spend time learning folk music from Appalachian fiddle and banjo players, blues guitarists, and from recordings in the Library of Congress. Along with his appreciation of the poetry and myth of American folk song, these experiences have helped him develop what has been described by Dave Palmater of WUMB 91.9 FM Boston as, “the rare ability to write songs that seem like they’ve always been there.”

To accompany his performances of these songs, Rob uses a number of instruments, including piano, harmonica, and a cache of vintage guitars. He sings in a tenor voice with a natural, quick vibrato that is at times reminiscent of old-time Appalachian singing.

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