Description of the Sweetback Sisters' Music:
Sweetback Sisters Lineup:
Zara Bode - vocals, guitar
Ross Bellenoit - guitar, banjo, triangle
Jesse Milnes - guitar, fiddle, vocals
Emily Miller - vocals, fiddle
Stefan Amidon - drums, vocals
Purchase/Download Sweetback Sisters MP3s:
"Looking for a Fight"
"It Won't Hurt When I Fall Down from This Barstool"
Recommended Sweetback Sisters CDs:
Looking for a Fight (Signature Sounds, 2011) compare prices
Sweetback Sisters Biography:
Miller had grown up singing harmonies with her mother, focusing on old country songs. Miller's mother had been in a San Francisco band called the Any Old Time String Band, and raised Miller with a strong respect for traditional music. She grew up in Lawrence, KS, but grew up traveling from Hong Kong to Toronto, to Chicago. Her family had a band together (mother on fiddle, father on banjo, brother on drums, and Miller fiddleticks; everyone sang).
Bode grew up in San Francisco, also the child of performers. Both parents were in a Moroccan band. She and her family eventually moved to Northampton, Mass., where she continued her musical education and got involved with local theater.
After meeting on tour with a choir, the two women wound up living near each other in Brooklyn, and singing together just for the fun of it. Eventually the collaboration led to gigs, the formation of a band, and a 2007 demo Bang! which garnered attention and gained the band some traction. Their first full-length, Chicken Ain't Chicken was released in 2009 on Massachusetts-based label Signature Sounds, followed by 2011's Looking for a Fight.