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Society of Broken Souls

Society of Broken Souls, the Folk Noir duo of husband and wife songwriters Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter, returns to Cafe Paradiso on Saturday, December 15th at 8 pm. After a year of touring that took them from a Texas ghost town near the Mexican border to the Northwoods of Minnesota, James and Shapter are bringing it home to Fairfield. 

2018 was an epic year for Fairfield’s traveling songwriting couple, beginning with a massively successful Kickstarter campaign for the release of their fifth collaboration, Midnight and The Pale, and spanning multiple states, nearly 100 shows and close to 20K miles, and a saga for the ages involving their beloved touring rig.

Called “a songwriting powerhouse” (Iowa Public Radio), Society of Broken Souls performs their own brand of Americana music. Their most recent album, Midnight and The Pale, has been called “quietly epic” (Little Village Magazine), “hypnotic” (The Celebrity Cafe), “a dynamic and vast sonic palette” (The Daily Country), “inimitably sharp” (Atwood Magazine), and “an intriguing manifesto, one whose reflective lyrics and vibrant melodies will absolutely captivate the senses” (Highwire Daze).

Their live show runs the gamut from stripped down, bare-bones acoustic arrangements to denser and edgier electric sounds. Taking turns on lead and harmony vocals, the two songwriters move through an ever-expanding array of instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, piano, drums, and fiddle. James and Shapter fearlessly explore the spaces hidden from view, shining a light on the broken bits with grit and grace, all while celebrating the entirety of the human experience.

Society of Broken Souls’ December show at Cafe Paradiso is a rare local opportunity to hear the duo live before they retreat to their home recording studio for the winter. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.