The Cardinal Sons, a NoLa-based trio comprised of brothers John, Joe and Dave Shirley spent their younger years performing together at various family functions. Eventually, Joe and Dave spent time playing in a local funk outfit called e.company. All the while, John was crafting his own songs with hopes that Joe and Dave would join him in a combined effort.

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The Cardinal Sons was born in 2012 and introduced themselves with their aptly-titled debut EP, “Make an EP.” Together, the Shirley brothers crafted a brand of folk-infused rock that was heavy on indie vibes. Their sonic concoction earned them the grand prize at the 12th annual Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, which got them studio time with
musician/producer/songwriter Charlie Sexton, who has worked with Bob and Jakob Dylan, as well as Dave Matthews.

“The Echo Choir” EP is the result of their work with Sexton. The new album definitely represents the next step in musical evolution for The Cardinal Sons. Songs such as “Day of Summer” are laden with a vocal and instrumental depth that contrasts their debut. However, the band maintains a trademark hybrid of alternative rock and folk, which belongs to them alone.


The Cardinal Sons
Date: Sunday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m.
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com
Tickets: $7 at the door