Twelve Moons Coffee House welcomes The Lied To’s. 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 original folk, rock and country-tinged music.
“The Lied To’s have lived their music in ways few other bands can claim…Not surprisingly then, their songs reverberate with the aftertaste of the challenges they weathered along the way.” – Goldmine Magazine.
Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler had just weathered shattering divorces and were adjusting to life as single parents when they first connected as solo artists in 2013. While picking up the pieces and putting what was left into their music, they formed The Lied To’s, the name coming from the revered and personally resonant Everly Brothers song, “When Will I Be Loved.” The duo’s 2015 self-titled debut emerged from the emotional turmoil of divorce and its immediate aftermath. Their new CD, The Lesser of Two Evils, released in May 2018, both reflects on those events and explores the even more treacherous terrain of what comes next. The Daily Country calls the album “contemporary and timeless,” and writes, “The eleven-track project uniquely blends folk, rock, bluegrass, and country in ways that capture The Lied To’s distinctive style.” The songs in Lesser explore the choices we make and their consequences, from the microcosm of romantic partnerships and family relations to the broader context of our place in the world.
In describing the duo’s writing, Goldmine Magazine states, “The Lesser of Two Evils isn’t sugar coated in any way, but echoes instead with the hard realities most folks encounter in similar circumstances. It’s both tough and tender…These are hard lessons for the learning, but given their tenacious delivery, honesty and conviction, it’s completely compelling regardless.” The Roots Music Report writes, “If some tracks on their disc are indicators, the New England duo The Lied To’s may risk an interruption to their performing ambitions with full-time songwriting careers.”
The Lied To’s have performed sold-out shows at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville and the renowned Club Passim in Cambridge, and perform both regionally and nationally. Dubbed “…one of the finest contemporary guy/gal duos on the scene today,” byMetronome Magazine, which picked their debut CD as a top 20 of the year, the CD rose to #3 on the roots music charts in 2015 and landed in the top 100 on the No Depression readers’ poll. The Lesser of Two Evils, has been on the Folk-DJ charts for May and June 2018, and folk DJ Peter Fraissinet of the Salt Creek Show on WVBR-FM calls The Lied To’s a “great edgy country duo, who happen to be a couple, or maybe the fact they are a couple has led them to greatness in approaching duet singing and songwriting.”
Susan was a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and the International Songwriting Competition, among others, and was a Tricentric Showcase artist at the 2008 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference. Doug has received placements on national television shows, including NCIS and All My Children, and was an emerging artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Listen to The Lied To’s: liedtomusic.com
Saturday, September 1, 7 – 10 pm
The Annex of the
NorthEast Millerton Library
28 Century Boulevard
Millerton, NY 12546