The Lied To’s & Sparrow Blue at Passim
The Lied To’s
The Lied To’s are Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler, two Massachusetts-based singer-songwriters who joined musical forces in 2014. The duo, in part, took their name from the revered Everly Brothers song, “When Will I Be Loved.”
Their self-titled debut cd, released in 2015, rose to the top of the roots rock charts and landed in the top 100 of the prestigious No Depression readers’ poll. Their second cd, The Lesser of Two Evils, released in May 2018, received universal praise for its gritty instrumentation, impeccable harmonies and honest songwriting. Tom Haugen of The Daily Vault calls it, “…nothing short of brilliant.” And Red Line Roots writes, “If you dig the mix of gritty honesty and interwoven gorgeous harmonies of Shovels and Rope, then you are going to love The Lied To’s.”
The Lied To’s have played sold-out concerts at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN, and have spent much of the last year playing shows in support of their new album.
Acoustic roots songwriting duo Sparrow Blue from Massachusetts released their first full length album Rabbit in the Moon in 2018, featuring fiddle, guitars, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and vocal harmony throughout. Rabbit in the Moon blends folk, country, bluegrass and old-time influences together with crafted songwriting to paint a musical picture of times gone by, hope, hard times, and new beginnings.
Rabbit in the Moon, which was self-produced and independently released, culminates two years of songwriting and represents the duo’s strongest work to date. Rabbit in the Moon reached #1 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) and #8 on the Folk DJ Album Charts in 2018.
Sparrow Blue (Katy Boc and Todd Nickerson) met in 2014 and began writing songs together after discovering a mutual love for American roots music. Since then, they released an EP in 2015 – Mabel, which was called “lilting, dark, and spellbindingly catchy”, released Rabbit in the Moon in 2018, got hitched in the backyard, parented as many kids as you have fingers on your right hand, and featured at folk venues, concert halls, listening rooms, and house concerts throughout New England and beyond.
When not performing, making a living, or spending time with their family, they volunteer at the South Shore Folk Music Club, with the mission of keeping folk music alive and well on the south shore of Massachusetts.