With a honky-tonk heartbreaker sound and solid foundation of musicianship, the Sweetback Sisters nail the feeling of last calls and dance floors with their first full-length album, Chicken Ain’t Chicken.
Zara Bode and Emily Miller, the twangy vocal core, met while on tour with a world music choir. Returning home to the States they found themselves living within a few blocks of each other and the Sweetback Sisters were born.
Friends Stefan Amidon (drums), Ross Bellenoit (Telecaster), Jesse Milnes (vocals, guitar, fiddle) and Bridget Kearney (bass), who come from various backgrounds of jazz, folk and Americana were enlisted to form a backing and the group started booking gigs in New York.
A mix of songs, both old and new, range from upbeat and comical (Roger Miller’s My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died from which the album gets its name, the Old Crow Medicine Show-flavored Have You Seen My Chicken?) to lovesick despair (Milnes’ You’re Gone (Again), They Say Virginia Is For Lovers, The Sweetest Gift with harmonies reminiscent of Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt’s version on Prisoner in Disguise).
Josh Ritter’s rockabilly-style Deputy Blues #2 and Kristin Andreassen’s bluesy Red Shoe Blues are from this decade but could just as well be the B-sides to long-forgotten singles in an old jukebox.
Other songs like A.P. Carter’s Cannonball and Buck Owens’ It Don’t Show On Me and Bob Wills’ Feelin’ Bad are straight from country’s golden era.
Get out your cowboy boots and find a dance partner because the Sweetback Sisters play some seriously fantastic, vintage-style Western swing.
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