It’s hard for me to recall the very first time I heard The Sadies, possibly 5 or so years ago, and I admit that I was unsure at that moment what to think. Not quite connecting with the surf guitar that seemed to be a staple in their sound, it took me a while to fully understand where they were coming from. Well, a few years down the road and I am now able to look back and see how great this band really is, which is explained easiest when looking into their past, and at the same time giving a nod to the bands incredibly large mystique.
First of all, the Sadies are musicians musicians, playing with what seems like everyone in Canada and beyond, but most notable is their vast and involved history with one of our personal favorites, Neko Case. Whether it being her touring band as in the case of the live disk The Tigers Have Spoken, or just adding their sound to a number of her recordings over the past few years, which includes the upcoming anticipated Anit- release Middle Cyclone, which, as luck would have it is now being streamed for listening to in it’s entirety prior to the release date – Here on NPR.org.
Anyway, back to the band at hand… Not only are the Sadies a musical powerhouse, they also come from good stock… Travis and Dallas Good are the sons of Bruce Good, who with his twin brother Brian and younger brother Larry formed one of the most influential Country and Bluegrass bands in Canadian history, The Good Brothers. In their most recognized time from 1975 to 1984, this band won 8 consecutive Juno Awards for Country Duo or Group of the year.
We now turn the clocks back to 2009, where the Sadies are coming out to Pickathon for the first time, and also preparing an upcoming April release on Yep Roc Records which will be a co-effort with X legend John Doe – John Doe and The Sadies, Country Club, and dang is all that exciting. Look for a couple sets throughout the weekend from the band, which would include a massive late-night show in the Galaxy Barn. Also, for those that want to further their understanding of their musical upbringing we will have Travis and Dallas Good for a very unique 1 hour “All Strings” workshop, which I am certain will make a few new fans.
Now that’s for real.
Enjoy the weekend folks, looking like a couple chilly days with a little bit of that sweet northwest drizzle.
The Sadies – Flash