“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” That quote from Greek philosopher Aristotle appropriately applies to the critically-acclaimed all-female bluegrass band, Sister Sadie, the IBMA-nominated Emerging Artist of the Year in 2016. Individually, each lady in the group stands impressively on her own merits.
“The combination brings an extra energy that maybe we don’t bring individually,” explains Beth Lawrence, bass player and one of four vocalists in the group. “Every time you start playing, it’s not like you’re trying to plow through it or force your way through it. It’s effortless in a way, and you’re feeding off one another.”
Joining Lawrence in this multi-talented lineup of musicians is Tina Adair on mandolin, Deanie Richardson on fiddle, banjoist Gena Britt, and Dale Ann Bradley on vocals and guitar. Adair and Bradley lead their own bands. Richardson is an in-demand side player who has performed with Bob Seger, The Chieftains, Vince Gill, and Patty Loveless. Lawrence is a respected freelance player while Britt’s steady right hand lays down the groove currently for Alan Bibey & Grasstowne. Dale and Deanie were members of the all-female band, New Coon Creek Girls, and Gena was a member of Bradley’s band at one point in her career. Read entire article »