“Americana darlings with a roadhouse edge.” – NPR

“Zara Bode and Emily Miller layer gorgeous girl-on-girl harmonies over swell honky-tonk melodies – the kind that make Loretta Lynn fans weep. Trust us: These guys are brilliant.” – NBC NEW YORK

“The Sweetback Sisters and their crack band have created a CD that, while remaining very true to the roots of early country, bristles with the energy of the very best young American performers.” –Sing Out!


Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of rock and country music from the 1950s and 60s. Together with their fine band of brothers, the Sweetback Sisters carry the torch of country music’s finest golden era performers.

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 deeply felt love for traditional country music styles and a palpable joy in playing and singing together. Like their pseudo-sister role models, the Davis Sisters, the Sweetback Sisters sing country songs in close, surrogate-sister harmony and of course their signature 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.

The Sweetback Sisters have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and touring relentlessly since they released Chicken Ain’t Chicken in 2009 on Signature Sounds. Look for their new album, King of Killing Time, due May of 2017.

Website: www.thesweetbacksisters.com
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