"The last few weeks have been challenging for everyone in South Carolina. We never expected to see flooding and disaster on this scale, but we now know this kind of thing can happen in our state. The silver lining is how the state came together as a community to overcome disaster. This has been a difficult year for our state in more ways than one, but we have shown ourselves and the world that South Carolina is a family; we support one another during difficult times.” -Justin Osborne, SUSTO
SUSTO is a progressive Southern Americana band born out of Charleston, S.C. The five-man group, which has worked alongside such notable names as Band of Horses and Iron+Wine, blends alt Americana and indie Southern rock to produce a unique, engaging sound that has garnered international attention and a wide fan base. Some of SUSTO’s biggest hits include “Friends, Lovers, Ex-Lovers: Whatever,” “Dream Girl,” and “County Line” from their debut, self-titled album.
The band’s name, a Spanish word that translates to a stress-related, Central American culture-bound syndrome with strong psychological overtones, describes the effect of “literal loss of soul from the body.”
In early 2013, bandleader Justin Osborne, a native of Florence, S.C., began performing under the name SUSTO as a solo act in Charleston and Havana, Cuba. By the end of 2013, SUSTO was transformed into a full band, consisting of Osborne on lead vocals, keyboard and rhythm guitar; Corey Campbell on guitar, keys and backup vocals; Janna Desmond on bass; Marshall Hudson (also of Charleston musical duo The Royal Tinfoil) on drums; and Johnny Delaware on lead guitar.
SUSTO has been featured in Nashville Scene, Post & Courier, Jamsphere, RVAmag, Charleston City Paper, CLTure, Free Times, The State Newspaper and more.
SUSTO will provide direct support for headliner Ms. Lauryn Hill at the free concert during Famously Hot New Year, South Carolina’s largest New Year’s Eve Celebration.