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The Whipstitch Sallies / Press

“The Whipstitch Sallies are the newest band to start garnering attention in the bluegrass and roots world. They...have turned lots of heads at roots and Americana festivals throughout the country. They have a unique ability to be both fresh and retro at the same time. They seem to have come out of nowhere...and shot straight to the top of the musical food chain. They get my highest possible recommendation. Go see them as soon as you can!”

““A funny thing happened while Kat Erickson ’13 was pursuing her master’s degree in sociology at UIndy: she found herself playing upright bass in an old-timey string band that’s making waves on the regional folk circuit and is soon to release its third album.It’s not hard to grasp the appeal of the Whipstitch Sallies, four young women whose instrumental chops fully measure up to the sweetness of their vocal harmonies. Onstage, Erickson (far right) and her bandmates—Allie Burbrink on guitar, Sam Roberts on mandolin, and Katie Burk on fiddle—can gather around a single microphone and kick up an exuberant racket that’s rooted in traditional mountain music but informed by styles from country and jazz to indie rock.”

“New groups keep the festival fresh. “We are very excited that the Whipstitch Sallies will be joining us this year. They have really been making a name for themselves around Indiana over the last couple of years. They play a beautiful high-energy bluegrass and old-time repertoire.”

“I've presented concerts at the John C. Campbell Folk School from 1991 to the present. Last night had The Whipstitch Sallies perform at the John C. Campbell Folk School (NC). They may be the hottest single item I've ever brought to a stage in all these years. Their musicianship is amazing; stage presence electric and endearing; harmonies tighter than jeans left in the dryer for nine hours too long. They kicked butt and took names. I was proud to have been Allie's banjo instructor until she overtook me in seventeen minutes. I was moments away from knocking Katie over the head with a basketball so she would miss her ride out of town and have to stay and play music here in Brasstown. Kat rocks on bass like 1950's Sun record session men, and Sam just plays the livin be---jeezus out of the mandolin. There's an expression ‘These guys got it.’ I don't know what it is, exactly, but they got it in spades.”

“Out in the farmland of western Johnson County, the old-time twang of bluegrass meets punk-rockl guitar, frantic rhythms and diverse harmonies. The four female members of The Whipstitch Sallies were gathered for their weekly rehearsal. From their mandolins, guitars, fiddles, and basses, the tones of Gillian Welch and 'May the Circle Be Unbroken' overlapped. Progressive elements of rock and jazz seeped in as well, coloring each song. The Whipstitch Sallies straddle the fence between traditional and 21st-century sounds. The southside band has cultivated a unique blend of old and new that above all is characterized by spontaneous emotion and passion for what they play. 'It's about the energy you bring to a song, and a lot about the rhythm, to keep it up and driving. Make sure it has a steady back beat, and that the rhythm brings it home,' said Sam Roberts, the band's mandolin player. 'But you do it all without a drum set.' (partial story)”

“Allie Burbrink, Katie Burk, Kat Erickson, and Sam Roberts all have their own personality and style on stage, but when their powers combine in The Whipstitch Sallies they are one well-oiled machine. These girls can pair up against any guy groups in their field and hang alongside the best of them. You will definitely want to follow the career of this great band and I encourage you to snag a copy of their work as soon as you can. From their signature originals to old standard classics, The Whipstitch Sallies put their own unique spin on everything they do. In the few short years The Whipstitch Sallies have been in existence they are building a strong fan base by creating loyal fans everywhere they go. It is like enjoying a warm piece of apple pie listening to them play, and listening to them share their knowledge of the music they love in between songs while they are on stage is a delight. “Got Me a Letter” is a song...that I feel sums up their wit and spirit well.”

“Each member of the Nashville, Indiana-based Americana band The Whipstitch Sallies brings her own musical influences to the group, including punk. "A few of our songs we've taken to calling 'old-time punk.' We've had a few people refer to us as 'riot bluegrass' before,' says vocalist and mandolin player Sam Roberts, adding that the influence comes out in the band's driving rhythms.”

“The Whipstitch Sallies are all-female bluegrass rockers with panache. Three bucks for a night of local roots rock is a First Friday win.”

“We've got The Whipstitch Sallies here, and I'm gonna tell y'all something...they're my favorite. Now, I say that - I love every band here, and bless 'em all for helping us out - but everyone's got a favorite, and these girls are mine.”

Hondo (radio DJ and festival MC) - WFHB Acoustic Roots Festival

“Fans of the good-time music, the musical gods have smiled on The Back Road Radio Show once again. Join us this week as we host "The Whipstitch Sallies" LIVE in the studio bunker! These four delightful young ladies combine incredible vocal harmonies and skillful, hi-power picking into a potent folk and bluegrass mix. And, best of all, they're from right here in Indiana - homegrown talent at its best! So tune in to get on down with the best in alt-country, roots, and Americana music, on The Back Road Radio Show!”

“Make a little trip to Brown County Friday night and catch The Whipstitch Sallies playing Americana and original music. After all, how can you go wrong with a group that sings the song "Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy?" Hear their music at www.reverbnation/thewhipstitchsallies and catch the show at Muddy Boots Cafe, 136 Van Buren Street. N.”

“Got to show the locals some love, and it was a pleasure to feature a great group from south of town this week. The Whipstitch Sallies is a trio with a fine trad sound. Check their schedule, they have some area appearances coming up: http://www.reverbnation.com/thewhipstitchsallies”

"The Whipstitch Sallies have been creating a buzz on the local bluegrass/folk music scene for roughly a year, recently debuting a self-titled album. In July, the group was named the "No. 1 Competing Band" at the Shady Grove Celebration in Michigan."