One of the big hits of this past summer’s festival season has been Sister Sadie, a special project band consisting of five celebrated bluegrass artists who are also good friends who enjoy picking and singing together. They first got together in 2013 and, working around their other professional obligations, have managed to perform a limited schedule of engagements.
You might think of them as bluegrass music’s first female supergroup, but whatever you call them, Sister Sadie is loaded with talent, boasting not one but two powerful vocalists in Dale Ann Bradley and Tina Adair. That would be enough to headline any bluegrass show, but these gals also tour with Deanie Richardson on fiddle, one of Nashville’s most in-demand players, Gena Britt on banjo, now working with Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, and veteran bluegrass bassist, Beth Lawrence.
They were selected as an invited showcase artist for the 2014 World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC where they stole every show they were on, and reports from the ’15 season are that they have developed a comfortable and entertaining stage presence that wins with most any sort of audience.
And today it is announced that Sister Sadie has signed with Pinecastle Records and will look to have a new album of original and classic bluegrass sometime in 2016.
A statement from the band shares their excitement with this news.
“After we performed an impromptu concert at the Station Inn in Nashville, all five of us women knew that there would be more that we would do together. We are all in a very natural state when we perform as a group. No struggle…just in tune with thought, spirit and musical expression. Along with these factors, being on what we feel is one of the most creative and artist friendly labels in the business, Pinecastle Records, we have a sense of excitement that Sister Sadie will be in the perfect musical environment to be who we are and offer our style in the purest way….which is what this band wants. We are pumped and excited to be teaming up with Pinecastle for this project and can’t wait to get it out to our fans!”
This will be one of the most highly-anticipated new recordings in recent years. Seems like a can’t miss.