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. “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.
"one of the best discs of this (or any other) year. "
- Fish Records, May 2011 (on "Looking for a Fight")
The Sweetback Sisters will be performing for one night only at ARTS/West! Doors open at 7:15pm, the show starts at 8:00pm.
Tickets in advance are $5 for A/W members and $15 for non-members.
Tickets at the door are $18.
Call the ARTS/West office at (740) 592-4315