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Houston Band The Suffers Defines the Sound of ‘Gulf Coast Soul’

Members of the Houston band The Suffers describe themselves as making “Gulf Coast soul.” They’re a ten-piece band with horns and woodwinds, keyboards and guitars – all of which blend elements of rock, soul and even reggae to create a sound that often hearkens back to an era before most of them were born. The […]

Members of the Houston band The Suffers describe themselves as making "Gulf Coast soul." They're a ten-piece band with horns and woodwinds, keyboards and guitars – all of which blend elements of rock, soul and even reggae to create a sound that often hearkens back to an era before most of them were born.

The Suffers recently visited Houston Public Media's Geary Performance Studio to perform their songs "Giver" and "Make Some Room." And we asked lead singer Kam Franklin to define what exactly is "Gulf Coast soul."

MORE: Hear The Suffers’ full performances at Houston Public Media’s Geary Performance Studio:

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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