About 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... These guys are brilliant." - NBC New York
"... their take on traditional country is as infectious as it is serious, and it's all presented with distinctive personality and charm.
Those who enjoyed the vintage stylings of Gillian Welch, Eilen Jewell et al, will find the Sweetback Sisters a natural, if more upbeat
and irreverent, match to these artists. An excellent album, and great fun! - Amazon.com
"This sextet definitely has some warped records in their jukebox, quick to dive into hard-western barnburners as much as classic
yodeling." - The Village Voice
INTRODUCING THE SWEETBACK SISTERS... "HONKY-TONK FOR THE MODERN DAY COWBOY & GIRL!"
This young group of stellar Brooklyn-based musicians performs an incredible array of traditional old-time & honky tonk rock music reminiscent of the 1940's & 50's. Complete with hot licks and sweet girl-on-girl harmonies, they're sure to warm the heart of all you modern day cowboys and girls. The Sweetback Sisters line-up features the lavish voices of Zara Bode and Emily Miller with an all-star cast of instrumentalists including: West Virginian triple threat Jesse Milnes; Stefan "da guns" Amidon on drums; Philly's stringed slayer Ross Bellenoit on rippin' Telecaster, and Bridget Kearny on bass. With sold out concerts across the North East, a special guest appearance on A Prairie Home Companion and now the excellent debut album Chicken Ain't Chicken, these kids are off to an exciting start!
Like their pseudo-sister role models, the Davis Sisters, the Sweetback Sisters sing country songs in close, surrogate-sister harmony and 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. Chicken Ain’t Chicken is a sincere ode to the classic styles that inspire the Sweetback Sisters, with an ample dose of their own personality and off-kilter sense of humor. The band’s sterling musicianship insures that even the most ridiculous moments are tightly executed and musically inventive. The 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.
“The six of us all have very diverse musical influences,” Bode reflects, “but there’s always been something old-school about the Sweetback Sisters. Although we’ve definitely taken some modern liberties with the fashion and sounds, we all have a bona-fide respect for that era and style of American music. We do tend to rock from time to time, but you never lose that intimacy Emmy and I started it with—the genuine love of singing with one another.” That affection – for the music and for each other – is at the heart of Chicken Ain’t Chicken, and in every note of music the Sweetback Sisters make together.
The Sweetback Sisters are:
Zara Bode, Rodeo Queen and Chuck Wagon Cookie: vocals, guitar, uke
Emily Miller, Shadow Rider: vocals, guitar, fiddle
Jesse Milnes, Rosin Jaw: acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, fiddle, vocals
Ross Bellenoit, Drag Rider: Telecaster, baritone guitar, vocals
Stefan Amidon, Big Buckaroo: vocals, drums
Bridget Kearney, The Night Herder: upright bass