The Sweetback Sisters: 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.
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 (Bulldog) that, while remaining very true to the roots of early country, bristles with the energy of the very best young American performers. - Sing Out!
Girls Guns & Glory has forged its sound from the raw materials of rockabilly, country and other American traditions, tempered by a unique musical and lyrical approach.
For the past eight years, Boston’s rising stars have been making a name for themselves through relentless touring, the release of five critically acclaimed records, and a slew of awards.
Bandmembers Ward Hayden (vocals/guitar), Paul Dilley (electric and upright bass/piano), Josh Kiggans (drums/percussion), and Chris Hersch (lead guitar/banjo) find musical inspiration from early ’50s rock ‘n’ roll icons such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Buddy Holly, as well as country greats like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.
One of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need To Know” – “Modern-day Buddy Holly plus Dwight Yoakam divided by the Mavericks…Think-y, soulful lyrics paired with a beat you can dance to. —Rolling Stone
Imagine Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak paying tribute to classic American rock n' roll from Elvis, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison.
With all this strum and thwang, it's hard to believe Hayden - who recalls smooth talker like Chirs Isaak and Dwight Yoakum, with a dash of Buddy Holly's jumpy, hiccupy style - hails from Scituate and not the South....Girls Guns and Glory demonstrates a mastery of moods and roots styles that transcends regional boundaries. - The Boston Globe