Christmas caroling has never been this much fun! The Sweetback Sisters, as heard on NPR and A Prairie Home Companion, add their honeysweet voices, backed by their rollicking roadhouse band, to a wide-ranging program of holiday music for their annual Country Christmas Sing-Along Spectacular.
With a set list that includes timeless Christmas carols and contemporary classics, like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” the Sisters raucously rev up some seasonal favorites and reverently harmonize on others. Lyric sheets for the audience let everyone join in the fun. It’s a show the Boston Globe calls “festive… the perfect balance of sass, sincerity and swing.”
Lead vocalists Emily Miller and Zara Bode aren’t, in fact, blood relatives, but their tightly-knit harmonies recall some of music’s most memorable family duos, like the Everlys and the Judds. Their joyous Christmas show started four years ago as a bit of a lark for a few friends and loyal fans, but a CD of holiday music soon followed, and their seasonal sing-alongs are now an annual touring tradition for the band.
Outside of their Christmas gigs, the Sisters play a brand of country swing and honky-tonk that is as infectious as it is heartbreaking. The band has toured extensively throughout the U.S., including a 2012 showcase appearance at the South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW), and has five critically-acclaimed releases on the Signature Sounds label of Northampton, MA.
Proceeds from the show benefit the Christmas Tree Santas, a local non-profit that spreads hope and joy by giving away Christmas trees to needy families.
Reception at 6:00pm