A bigger boat: Charleston band Susto lands deal with Nashville-based Rounder Records

Rounder Records, the venerable home of such roots-leaning stalwarts as Alison Krauss, Steve Martin, Bela Fleck and Woody Guthrie, quietly announced in October the addition of Susto to its roster. It is, without resorting to hyperbole, one of the biggest breaks for a South Carolina band in the new millennium, perhaps since the 2010 takeoff of Toro Y Moi, or the 2004 mainstream blip of Crossfade. “We put out ‘& I’m Fine Today,’ and then we had label interest from several different great options,” Osborne recalls. “But then Rounder, who was kind of not even on our radar at first, just started expressing interest. They were excited about what we were doing, kind of the most excited out of everybody.” While some might balk at Rounder, which typically leans toward legacy acts and traditional sounds, grabbing progressive band Susto, it seems to makes sense when you consider how much Osborne’s songs draw on Southern traditions, updating them for new audiences. “I think what we do is American roots music for 2018,” Osborne reasons. “I wouldn’t say we’re on the cutting edge or anything like that. But I feel like we’re just a band that’s from America that plays hopefully […]

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