The Sweetback Sisters perform at the Glenwood Springs Vaudeville Theatre. Food and beverage are available at an additional cost. Call 970-945-9699 for reservations.
"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.”
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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“[The Sweetback Sisters] mine songs from long ago eras of country music but escapes ending up as a dusty, nostalgic throwback by applying real energy and modern creativity to the vintage material. The perfect blend of temporal perspectives make the[ir] record a complete delight. Highly recommended.”