The rollicking country swing of the Sweetback Sisters is as infectious as it is heartbreaking. Their charismatic charm harkens back to the golden era of the silver screen cowgirl. That whimsical exterior is wrapped around a core of deeply felt love for traditional country music styles and a palpable joy in playing and singing together. Like their pseudo-sister role models, the Davis Sisters, the Sweetback Sisters sing country songs in close, surrogate-sister harmony and of course their signature matching dresses. Their repertoire combines several of the Sisters' passions -- country music from before they were born and new interpretations of those traditions -- to create a fresh take on what it means to be country.
Opening the evening are Portland's Water Tower Bucket Boys. After 5 years on the road, 4 albums under their belt and multiple international tours, the Water Tower Bucket Boys have been brewing up a storm in the folk music world. The boys have collaborated live with members of bands like Frank Turner, Kitty Daisy and Lewis, the Red Stick Ramblers, and the Foghorn Stringband and shared the stage with acts like Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford and Sons, Wilco, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, and Woody Pines.
"If you think the concepts of hipster Brooklynites and classic country music are mutually exclusive, allow us to introduce you to this swinging sextet. Fronted by the closely harmonizing duo of Zara Bode and Emily Miller, the zingy group is simultaneously reverent of tradition and contemporaneously cheeky." - The Boston Globe
"[A] twisted blend of vintage twang." - Christopher Weingarten, The Village Voice
"Zara Bode and Emily Miller layer gorgeous girl-on-girl harmonies over swell honky-tonk melodies - the kind that make Loretta Lynn fans weep - and you just know you're in for some hot and/or mournful fiddle. Trust us: These guys are brilliant." -NBC New York
"The Sweetback Sisters - anchored by tight female harmonies and the occasional western swing melody - sound like the second coming of 1950s country groups like the Davis Sisters." -The Boston Globe
"Heavenly, honeysweet harmonies... basically retro-Western swing on amphetamines." -Roger Lilly, The Charleston Gazette
Check out this article in the Huffington Post: www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-bialas/the-sweetback-sisters_b_868679.html
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