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Karen & The Sorrows: The Sumner Knight Series

  • Sumner Knight Chapel 0 Chapel Drive Keene, NH 03431 (map)

The Sumner Knight Series is music in its natural form. Located in the beautiful Sumner Knight Chapel at the Woodland NED Cemetery in Keene, NH, the series in a wonderful acoustic environment; without amplifiers, PAs or any type of electronic enhancement. This allows the audience to hear the music in the way it was developed.

Suggested donation is $10.00, with all profits going towards the renovation of the Chapel. Student discounts available at the door, and you can get a discount by bringing a canned good to donate to the local food pantry ($1 per can for up to three cans; though you can pay it forward for someone else).

For you GPS and/or mappy types, the Chapel's address is:

0 Chapel DriveKeene, NH 03431


This sessions performers are:

Karen & The Sorrows:

The Names of Things, the debut album from Brooklyn queer country band Karen & the Sorrows, is full of “haunting pedal steel work and unvarnished heartbreak.” (Bust Magazine) “Some of the best alt-country being made. Twang-drenched drown-your-sorrows music about bad relationships, abandoned lovers and endless heartbreak. In other words, pure country.” (Billings Gazette) New York Music Daily writes, “Country keeps evolving and Karen & the Sorrows are taking it to a place it’s never been before, a good and creepy one.” Fuck Yeah, Queer Music says, “They write loss and heartbreak, and goddamn are they good at it. The songs are quiet, but devastating, with a good mix of dirty electric guitar and absolutely haunting pedal steel.” 

Shaped around the high, lilting vocals of singer-songwriter Karen Pittelman and Elana Redfield’s lonesome pedal steel guitar, these are tales of broken hearts, broken bones, and the languages that get lost when love is gone. There’s a strain of ghostly prettiness running through these songs that calls to mind Julee Cruise. But that softness is paired with a dark twang and a strong beat that roots the band in the tradition of the 1970s country rock—from Pure Prairie League to Neil Young—that Redfield and Pittelman grew up with. Working together with engineer Charles Burst (Crystal Stilts, The New Pornographers, Gang Gang Dance) at Brooklyn’s Seaside Lounge, the Sorrows have created an alt-country sound that is all their own.