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The Sweetback Sisters

Hill Country Live Presents

The Sweetback Sisters

Fri, February 7, 2014

9:30 pm

Hill Country

New York, NY

No Cover

The Sweetback Sisters
The Sweetback Sisters
“Zara Bode and Emily Miller layer gorgeous girl-on-girl harmonies over swell honky-tonk melodies – the kind that make Loretta Lynn fans weep. Trust us: These guys are brilliant.” - NBC NEW YORK

"The Sweetback Sisters and their crack band have created a CD that, while remaining very true to the roots of early country, bristles with the energy of the very best young American performers." -Sing Out!

"This sextet definitely has some warped records in their jukebox, quick to dive into hard-western barn burners as much as classic yodeling." - The Village Voice

Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models. Like the artists they admire, the Sweetbacks are concerned with the traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong, albeit with a contemporary sensibility. “We’re a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk,” explains Bode. “Sometimes what we deliver is straight out of the 50s; other times it’s BR549 meets The B52s.”

The Sisters have been touring relentlessly since they released Chicken Ain’t Chicken in 2009. Their new CD, Looking For A Fight showcases the band’s razor sharp musicianship, complex arrangements and growing confidence as songwriters. "We tried to recreate the energy we get when we connect with an audience over the course of a song,” Bode says. “The basic tracks were all done live, and we recorded most of the vocals with Emily and I crowded around one microphone. It gave the tracks a certain intimacy.”

{{LISTEN TO TRACKS FROM LOOKING FOR A FIGHT HERE}}:
http://www.signaturesounds.com/album/looking-fight

Like their raucous stage show, Looking For A Fight balances yesterday’s hits with contributions from the band’s four songwriters, Zara Bode, Emily Miller, Ross Bellenoit and fiddler Jesse Milnes. And while the music may be energetic and sassy, sentiments of heartache, loss and longing are dominant. “Those are the themes that make country songs resound with listeners,” Miller says. “We didn’t only want to make a classic sounding record, but a classic feeling record as well.”

From their first night on, the crowds have gone wild for their close harmonies, charismatic stage presence and the crackling musicianship of their cohorts. But while the Sweetback Sisters formed due to their deep love of classic country music, their individual foundations are quite varied. “Stefan, Peter and Ross all have formal training in jazz and classical music,” Miller explains, “And now play everything under the sun. On the other hand, Jesse was steeped in old-time music, learning tunes from his dad Gerry, a fiddler and folklorist. In the Sisters’ combined histories there’s not a lot of ground we don’t cover.” Bode concludes, “The tension between our various backgrounds gives the music something original and exciting, but in a way it’s also an homage to what country music used to be: a melting pot of rock, jazz, and traditional music.”
Venue Information:
Hill Country
30 W. 26th St.
New York, NY, 10010
http://www.hillcountryny.com/