Sons of the Never Wrong with Al Rose
Sons of the Never Wrong are a folk trio from chicago made up of Bruce Roper, Deborah Lader, and Sue Demel. The band has been creating original "turbo-charged folk music" for 19 years to a cult-like national following. With their different take on three part harmony on top of witty, whimsical songs, Sons’ style springs from a tradition you’d swear you've heard, but this just ain't your grandpop's folk music.
The Son's 6 CD releases have brought them stunning national and international reviews as well as extensive radio-play. It is their live performances though that win the audience's hearts. The group can barely stand still on stage and insty-choreography results in a non-stop show of stories, dancing, and odd-ball humor. Yet it is when the three step up to the mic and belt out one of their many gorgeously- arranged songs, that you know you are in for something extra special.
Sons has performed on dozens of tours over the fifteen years, playing with the likes of Dar Williams, Patti Griffin, Livingston Taylor (who about SONS has said, “I see it all, and Sons is as good as it gets. They’re burnin’, inventive, bright and original”), Odetta, Nancy Griffith, Greg Brown, and Christine Lavin, along with their own tours. Sons have played to sold out venues from coast to coast, and are regular headliners at venues like the Old Town School of Folk Music (IL), the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CA), the Ark (MI) and the Kennedy Center (DC).
All three Sons play, sing and write for the band. Bruce Roper, weaned on the Beatles, John Prine and Dylan, is the primary songwriter, playing acoustic guitar and singing with a sweet, yet heart-broken quality. He's one of the few who can sing about love gone wrong with a dance in his step, and can sing about death with a wink and a nod. Sue Demel sparkles with one of the most expressive female voices heard in folk music today. Her inspired harmonies always delights as she beats on her djembe drums or quietly strums the dulcimer or guitar. And all this while jumping around all over the stage in a dervish manner! Multi-instrumentalist Deborah Lader brings to the band her own clever style of writing, expressive voice and humor. She delights audiences with her flair for banjo, mandolin, guitar, and rich alto harmonies.
This group is decidedly eclectic, combining influences of folk, jazz, pop and rock. Their live show appeals to audiences of all ages. Their energy can power up an entire town, and in this day and age of global warming, we all could use some wattage like the Sons of the Never Wrong.