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The Sweetback Sisters

Rank #1 US Brooklyn, NY Country / Folk Rock / Western Swing


Sounds Like: Wanda Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Eilen Jewell, BR5-49, Emmylou Harris

Label: Signature Sounds, Signature Sounds Recordings

Bio: 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 both the silver screen cowgirl and the ersatz cowboy stars of local UHF TV kiddie shows. That whimsical exterior is wrapped around a core of dee... See Full Bio

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    Jun 13

    Palisade, CO, US | 5:30pm
    Fri Jun 13 5:30pm
  • 2013

    Dec 15

    Hudson, NY, US | 8:00pm

    Hudson, NY, US
    Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:00pm
  • 2013

    Oct 8

    Wilmington, DE, US | 8:00pm

    Wilmington, DE, US
    Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:00pm


    "Americana darlings with a roadhouse edge" says NPR of Sweetback Sisters’ Emily Miller and Zara Bode. They 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.” Like their raucous stage show, Looking For A Fight balances yesterday’s hits with contributions from the band’s multiple songwriters. 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.”

  • 2013

    Jul 23

    Cleveland, OH, US | 7:00pm

    Cleveland, OH, US
    Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:00pm
  • 2013

    Jul 20

    Marietta, OH, US | 9:00pm
    Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:00pm
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  • jerry keith (Artist) jerry keith
    western swing in NY cool
  • Jacquescoley's Club (Artist) Jacquescoley's Club
    Greetings from FrenchIe.
  • The Shane Alan Swaim Experience - A Journey Through Americana in Story and Song (Artist) The Shane Alan Swai...
    I am listening to "Looking for a Fight." True Country at its very best. I like the title, lyrics, and awesome guitar break. Musically, Shane
  • JD Greer (Artist) JD Greer
    Great work nice tunes. got good vibes coming from here. keep up the good work and keep moving forward.
  • Hank Grant (Artist) Hank Grant
    Hi Dropped in To Give You Spin Enjoyed My Listen Became a Fan
  • notsolow (Artist) notsolow
    Very clean, very nice!
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