Coming back from Grand Rapids Sunday night, I had the actual radio on, as my bluetooth is cutting out again so no pandora. I flipped it to an NPR station, where they had a bluegrass special on with a group called, “Sister Sadie”. I was impressed with what I heard and so went out onto the internet and found some information about them. It looks like they have done 2 albums so far, “Sister Sadie I” and “Sister Sadie II”.
Their website is here.
Per Lee Zimmerman at Bluegrass Today: There’s something to be said for pure, unfettered emotion, delivered with dedication and intent but sans the affectation and pretense that often seems to plague those intently aiming for attention. Happily then, Sister Sadie makes a sound spawned from the combined talent of the band’s individual members, each an accomplished musician in her own right. Although they’ve been labelled a supergroup of sorts, the five women — Dale Ann Bradley (guitar/vocals), Deanie Richardson (fiddle), Gena Britt (banjo/vocals), Tina Adair (mandolin/vocals), and Beth Lawrence (acoustic bass) — clearly left their egos at home and forged a sound so soothing and sincere, it’s evident that the chemistry must have clicked immediately at the outset.
This song, “Losing You Blues”, kicks some major butt. Also from Bluegrass Today, Losing You Blues was written by mandolinist Tina Adair with Doug Bartlett, and showcases Tina’s powerhouse vocals. It kicks off with Deanie Richardson’s piercing fiddle, and drives along into the chorus supported by harmonies from Dale Ann Bradley on guitar and Gina Britt on banjo, anchored by rock solid bass from Beth Lawrence.