Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A shout out to some talented songwriters!

On Chicken Ain't Chicken, we were lucky enough to record several songs from modern-day songwriters who write songs for today, tomorrow and yesterday. They really are a talented bunch. Here's to them:

Mary Lucey-Cardine (who co-wrote "They Say Virginia is for Lovers")

Kristin Andreassen (who co-wrote "They Say Virginia is for Lovers" and wrote "Red Shoes Blues")

Josh Ritter
(who wrote "Deputy Blues No.2")

Own own Jesse Milnes and our friend Doug Van Gundy (who co-wrote "You're Gone Again")

[NOTE: Doug gets two videos because not only does he play music, but he was also a contestant on "Who wants to be a millionaire" back in the day]

Thanks to all you talented folks!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

To Blog or not to Blog

We live in a computer world. Even country music is riding the digital wave. So the websites have to be snazzy, the pictures crisp, and the songs available via MP3, and the blog must be blogged on. Thems some tough cookies, when you just want to sit around and play guitar. But we're working on it, and in the mean time you can check out the new look of the Sweetback Sister's website. It's a quirky server at times, but it allows us the freedom to change it as we please and we vagabond musicians like those kinds of liberties.

I would also like to take this moment to make a public announcement that we will be "tweeting" ALL of the Sweetback September tour! For those of you not well versed in "twit" this means we're on This dorkiness will be available thanks to Ross' iphone. So follow the SweetbackDish Yum!

Talk to y'all soon. And please tell your friends about our upcoming tour!

Love from the big city,


Like a phoenix from the ashes...

...the blog will rise again!

Sorry that we have been remiss in our blogging duties. I can't believe that Jesse hasn't posted a SINGLE poem this month. This will soon be remedied, I hope.

In the meantime, I want to pronounce the commencement of our September tour. Here are the dates:

Sept 4: Brooklyn, NY. Southpaw. 8pm. $10. Opening for Big Sandy (old school rock-n-roll of the highest caliber)

Sept 5: Montpelier, VT. The Lamb Abbey. 8pm. $10

Sept 9: Whately, MA. Watermelon Wednesdays. 7:30pm. $15. With Joy Kills Sorrow--bluegrass instrumentation, modern vibe, stellar singing, killer playing.

Sept 10: Cambridge, MA. Club Passim. 8pm. $12. With Joy Kills Sorrow.

Sept 11: Turner’s Falls, MA. The Rendezvous. 9pm.

Sept 13: Philadelphia, PA. The Tin Angel. 7:30pm. $12 (If you’re planning on coming, please buy your tickets in advance)

Sept 16: Ashland, VA. Ashland Coffee and Tea. $12 advance/$17 door (so get your tickets early!). 8pm.

Sept 19: Knoxville, TN. Barley’s Taproom. 10pm.

Sept 22: Winston-Salem, NC. The Garage. 9pm. With the Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank.

Sept 23: Raleigh, NC. The Berkeley Café. 7pm. $8.

Sept 24: Asheville, NC. Jack of the Wood. 9pm. $5

I hope that we see you somewhere down the road.