Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode 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.
According to the New York Music Daily, "they romp through vintage
honkytonk, western swing and Tex-Mex with equal expertise. They get their signature sound from the vocals of Emily Miller and Zara Bode, who blend voices like the long lost twin granddaughters of Rose Maddox. ‘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.
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