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The Sugar Thieves: Tiny Desert Concert

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:08pm
Updated: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:07am

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It’s time now for a Tiny Desert Concert. It’s a series where we bring local Arizona bands and musicians into the KJZZ studios to play a couple of songs and talk about their music.

Today, we hear from The Sugar Thieves. This award-winning Phoenix band draws from the blues, Americana, jazz and folk to create their own blend of contemporary American music. Headed by husband-and-wife duo, Mikel Lander and Meredith Moore, the band has been steadily refining their sound since 2006, and they are expecting to release a new album in 2019.

But, things have changed since they started. This year, Lander and Moore welcomed their second daughter into the family and the demands of parenthood have changed how they approach their music. Both say being parents has brought so much joy to their lives and music, but it also makes the unpredictable job of being a musician a lot harder.

The Show spoke with Lander and Moore at KJZZ's East Valley bureau, and started by telling their story — how did they meet? And how did the band come to be?

Sugar Thieves
The Sugar Thieves
Sugar Thieves

This performance was filmed at KJZZ's youth media center, SPOT 127.

If you’re in a band or know of one you’d like to hear on air, send us a note at [email protected].

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