A Sweetback Sisters Christmas

Nov 27, 2012
The Sweetback Sisters, a hit this summer on Rockland’s Winter Street, will kick off their Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular tour at the Strand.

Rockland — Each December, Brooklyn's favorite country band tours the East Coast and spreads the holiday cheer with The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular. This fun and wildly popular show requires audience participation (lyric sheets are provided) and a love for all kinds of holiday music. The Sweetback Sisters will bring the tradition to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

All the songs are presented with the Sweetback Sisters' signature mix of harmony singing, rollicking Telecaster and twin fiddling along with a healthy dose of holiday cheer. “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.

“We’re a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk,” said Bode. “Sometimes what we deliver is straight out of the ‘50s; other times it’s BR549 meets The B52s.”

In their fourth year of touring and performing the holiday show, The Sweetback Sisters will bring with them their new “The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular” album, recorded over the summer at Philadelphia’s Turtle Studios. “It’s a strange feeling singing Christmas music in the middle of the summer,” said Bode, “but we put up enough tinsel and Styrofoam snowmen to bring in the Christmas cheer.”

The album was produced by the band’s original guitarist Ross Bellenoit, a house engineer and producer at Turtle.

Tickets are $12, and seating for the all-ages show is general admission. For tickets and information about all Strand Theatre live concerts, films, and HD broadcast events, visit rocklandstrand.com; send email to info@rocklandstrand.com; or call 594-0070, ext. 3.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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