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August 16, 2013

Sweetback Sisters to swing at B-Side

The Sweetback Sisters will bring their rollicking country swing to the B-Side Ballroom and Supper Club in Oneonta on Monday. Tickets are $12 for the 7:30 p.m. show, which is open to ages 21 and older. The B Side is at 1 Clinton Plaza. 

Emily Miller and Zara Bode are not blood relations, but their “precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music, from the Everlys to the Judds,” a media release said. The Sweetback Sisters sing country songs in close harmony, harking back to the golden era of the silver-screen cowgirl and the ersatz cowboy stars of children’s television. 

Backed by a full band, the Sweetback Sisters embrace a broad definition of “country music” that encompasses Western swing, rockabilly and honky-tonk. Their most recent album, “Bulldog,” includes a Depression-era ballad and six traditional songs set off by gritty electric guitar and hot fiddle. 

Included are two songs from West Virginia (“Boozefighters” and “Moonshiner”) that were collected by Gerry Milnes, father of fiddler Jesse Milnes; a blues ballad from Kentucky (“Darling Don’t You Know That’s Wrong”); two fiery fiddle tunes (“Bulldog” and “Walking in My Sleep”); a telling of the true story of 1930s bandit Otto Wood; and an epic setting of the traditional gospel song, “Glory Hallelujah”.

The 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.

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