Sumac

Sumac

 Troy, New York, USA
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SUMAC is what music is all about emotions as sound. Often compared to band like The Hold Steady and Green on Red. Sumac takes song writing back to it's roots. What makes SUMAC stand out is their ablity to sound fresh but familiar, a kind of new classic sound

Biography

Jeff Burger - Vocals & Guitar
Daryl LaCasse - Guitars
Justin Birk - Bass & back ups
Rob Jonas - Key Boards
Ron Burris - Drums

Booking and Inquiriers
518-271-1941
thegsj@gmail.com
www.myspace.com/sumaccollective
www.twitter/sumactheband

"I think some of the heart of rock ‘n’ roll lives within Sumac." - Andrew Gregory, Times Union

Wext Top 50 Local518 of 2009

Sumac began in the summer of 2007 as a vehicle for song writer Jeff Burger. After working the local radio show "Sunday morning coming down" for WRPI 91.5FM Jeff rolled up his sleeves and began working on songs that he would play for some shows under the moniker Mr. Chesterfield and Jackinany along with Key broadest Rob Jonas, playing with such bands as Hayseed, The Coal Palace Kings, Lucky 57, Ware River Club, The Pernice Brothers, Fred Eaglesmth, Luther Wright and the wrongs, The Delafields, Tiger Mountain and Warren Zanes. This went on for a few years. I guess it ran its course. That was until Jeff crossed paths with Justin Birk a brassy sax player for the band Slick Fitty who dabbled in playing bass guitar. The trio of Jeff, Rob and Justin began writing songs and seeking a drummer so they could now play their new material. The trio also felt that they needed a new name. Feeling that monikers were not what they were looking for, they imagined that they were in a band and should think about band names instead. One night Jeff and Justin were drinking, writing and discussing how they could make this new project grow. Feeling that the songs were new, yielding tasty riffs that were scrappy in nature and in that moment it dawned on Jeff. He remembered back when he was living in Seattle there were these trees that seemed to sprout up all around that grew fast but also were sublime much like their new songs they were called Sumac trees. So that was it from that day forward Jeff, Rob and Justin were in a band called Sumac, they just had to find band mates. Playing with several incarnations over the years with help from all sorts of talent Jeff, Rob and Justin found them selves still looking for more to add to their folksy sound. So in the summer of 2008 Sumac added guitarist Daryl Lacasse who the group met while he was doing his internship for teaching in the same school were both Jeff and Justin also worked as teachers. Sumac was now playing standing room only shows with bands like "Frog Holler" from Philly and the "Grainbelt" from New York, but something was still just not right. In April of 2009 Daryl contacted his friend Ron Burris who he knew had played drums in the past for heavy rock bands but felt that his playing might be what the group was looking for. After a few jam sessions they agreed to finalize the band by adding Ron on the drums. In June 2009 Sumac began recording their first EP to be released in early 2010. I was there where the hell you were!

Links
http://www.myspace.com/sumaccollective

Discography

"Sumac" (2010 EP) Featuring The single
"West Coast Blues"

That was one of WEXT 97.7
50 Top Local songs 2009

Set List

our typical set list can be as short or long as needed. with 30 songs on tap and more to come. Most songs are original but we do have a few covers for flavor.
Set One

LONG WINTER

¾ TIME

HEROES AND VILLIANS

BAMBI

CLOUDS LIKE RIBBONS

LEFT FOR THE RIVER

THE RAIN IS ALWAYS NEW

ROLLIN IN MY SWEET BABIES ARMS

WELL ADJUSTED MAN

DELTA 88

CERTAINLY THE PRIEST

WHERE THE HELL WERE YOU

Set Two

WEST COAST BLUES

SWEET VIRGINIA

I'm NOT NOW

SHANTY SHIP

MEXICAN TRADITION

DAYS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER

TRIP TO THE COUNTRY

NOT GOIN DOWN THAT ROAD

TRUTH BE TOLD

MARY JANES LAST DANCE

EAGLES SONG

FOLSOM PRISON