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Society of Broken Souls

Member sinceJune 20, 2016
LocationFairfield, IA
MembersDennis James and Lauryn Shapter
InfluencesCowboy Junkies, The Handsome Family, Tom Waits
Artist Biography:
Society of Broken Souls is the Folk Noir songwriting duo of multi-instrumentalists Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter. Performing their own brand of American Roots Music, they write unflinching songs for fearless hearts — songs that confront our shared, raw humanity while celebrating the beautiful mosaic of the human experience. Fiddle, drums, keyboard, and acoustic and electric guitars, in intricately woven and varied arrangements, provide an expansive backdrop for lyrics that showcase weathered characters, tough topics, and quiet beauty. With this wide palette, and by taking turns singing lead and harmony, the pair paint a vast emotional landscape, ranging from the rebellious and jubilant to the introspective and heartfelt. 

While Dennis and Lauryn are deeply rooted in the time-honored tradition of storytelling, their songs move seamlessly from the darkly fictitious to the profoundly personal — meaning they come by their name honestly. With not just a few scars and likely more years behind them than ahead, they each have stared down their own personal demons in order to serve the art form that has never let go of its hold on them, in spite of their best efforts to walk away. 

It has been through this surrendering to music’s place as the one constant throughout their lives, collectively and individually, that the two are discovering true artistic freedom and rekindled joy in the pursuit of their craft. In spite of the conventional wisdom that says to let go of childish dreams and leave the rock and roll lifestyle to the young, they are reinventing themselves and their musical life with a renewed commitment. 

More by Society of Broken Souls:

Creakin' Boards
Here I Am
Shape I'm In
Tired of Toein' That Line

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