SISTER SADIE, “Sister Sadie,” Pinecastle. 12 tracks
Female supergroups have been rare in bluegrass music.
But Sister Sadie is definitely a supergroup and it’s definitely female.
Dale Ann Bradley, Tina Adair, Deanie Richardson, Gena Britt and Beth Lawrence are all well known to bluegrass fans.
And Bradley is a five-time International Bluegrass Music Association female vocalist of the year.
Back in 2013, the women got together for a one-time performance at Nashville’s Station Inn.
It was so successful that they were invited to showcase at the IBMA convention in 2014 and they’ve been doing limited touring since then.
The name, by the way, comes from Tony Rice‘s “Little Sadie,” not the jazz song, “Sister Sadie.”
Now, Pinecastle has released Sister Sadie’s debut album.
The first single, “Unholy Water,” co-written by Richardson, is an uptempo song about moonshine, which “quenchs the thirst of the damned.”
There are two country classics — Carl & Pearl Butler‘s “Don’t Let Me Cross Over” from 1962 and Tanya Tucker‘s “Blood Red and Going Down” from 1973 — and a pop tune, The Carpenters “All I Can Do” from 1969.
Richardson wrote “Ava’s Fury,” the album’s only instrumental.
Adair wrote and sings, “Not This Time,” a song that says she won’t take him back again, and “Now Forever’s Gone,” another good-bye song.
Bradley makes the gospel “Look What I’m Trading For A Mansion” her own in a strong performance.
Adair gives another strong performance on Harley Allen‘s “Mama’s Room,” which is a “place of safety for a child.”
A strong album by five very talented women.
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