The Sweetback Sisters On Mountain Stage

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The Sweetback Sisters performed on Mountain Stage.

The Sweetback Sisters performed on Mountain Stage.

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Set List

  • "You're Gone (Again)"
  • "It Don't Show on Me"
  • "My Uncle Used to Love Me (But She Died) "
  • "I Want to Be a Real Cowboy Girl"

With superb musicianship and an appreciation for times gone by, The Sweetback Sisters' members infuse their throwback sound with youthful intensity and broad influences. Fiddler Jesse Milnes of Elkins, W.Va., co-wrote the opener "You're Gone (Again)" with another West Virginia native, fiddler Doug Van Gundy. They touch on Buck Owens' heartbreaker "It Don't Show on Me," followed by Roger Miller's novelty song "My Uncle Used to Love Me (But She Died)." Bob Wills' "Feeling Bad" gets a rousing treatment with dueling fiddle and guitar.

The Sweetback Sisters' vocal harmonies come courtesy of Zora Bode and Emily Miller, who met while traveling with a choir and soon found themselves living near one another in Brooklyn, N.Y. With contributions from Milnes, electric guitarist Ross Bellenoit, drummer Stefan Amiden and bassist Bridget Kearney, The Sweetback Sisters' latest album is Chicken Ain't Chicken. The group tours frequently, and will embark on its first West Coast trip in June 2010.

This segment originally aired on April 21, 2010.

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