Tina Adair of Sister Sadie Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show
Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you
for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music
you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
Answer: Well, Sister
Sadie is an all-female bluegrass band with each individual member
having their own career in the bluegrass/country genres.
We have Dale Ann Bradley on guitar/vocals, Tina Adair on
mandolin/guitar/vocals, Gena Britt on banjo/vocals, Deanie Richardson on
fiddle and Beth Lawrence on bass/vocals. Our music could be described
as – “bluegrass with a roots and country flavor added in
here and there with a focus is on trio harmonies, instrumentation and
arrangement and selection of songs that all work together to reach one
goal which is “a great performance that we enjoy playing each time we
are on stage.”
What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?
think there are a couple of things that are different. 1) Simply – the
maturity level of the band as a unit. I think we’ve grown as a band does
the longer they are together which made the vibe, comfortability and
pace better for recording and 2) I feel the material selection is more
of who we are now as a band.
Lamitschka: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?
you ask this. Most recently we played the Thomas Point Beach festival
in Brunswick, Maine and after the festival a kind lady sent us a
message saying the she loved our music and one of her new favorite
instrumentals was “Raleigh’s Ride.” This is a tune written by Gena
Britt, our banjo player, and is on the new release. This lady said she
loved it so much that she has created/written a LINE
DANCE for the song and sent us the steps and all. I thought that was
the neatest thing.
One other quick story is from one of our youngest fans who is around
four years old. His mom posted on facebook a video of him singing all
the words to our song, 900 Miles, on the latest release. That’s always
such a highlight and “make my heart smile” moment
for me …when a child can sing along to songs from your album.
Lamitschka: Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?
all come from some sort of musical background and all started
playing/singing as a child. I think by nature of where each of us were
born and raised or currently reside
(Eastern Kentucky, Northern Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina)
tells you a lot about our roots.
musical influences range from Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Lynn
Morris, Tony Rice, Ralph & Carter Stanley, Flatt & Scruggs,
Doyle Lawson all
the way to Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, and the list goes
on and on.
Lamitschka: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Answer: Less politics, More music
Lamitschka: What drives you?
Answer: Creating music – striving to be a better singer, a better musician and a better writer than I was yesterday.
Lamitschka: What’s unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?
Well……..we are five middle aged women all in ONE bluegrass band!! Will that work for the answer?? ha,ha
Lamitschka: What has been your greatest challenge in music business?
Keeping up. It’s ever changing…..the trends, the technology, the
sounds, the medium by which people listen to music nowadays, social
media (with all that the good and bad sides)!
Lamitschka: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?
A very high energy and uplifting show with some gritty, traditional,
toe tapping bluegrass songs, with an occasional older country standard
and gospel hymn thrown in…….three part harmonies and just five women
enjoying life and enjoying making music with
each other! We are all the best of friends so we always have a great
time on and off the stage. We hope that comes through when you see us
at a live show.
Lamitschka: Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share with us (come on don’t be shy)?
have PLENTY…..but …How’s that saying go? “I could tell you, but
then I’d have to…..” YES…the stories I have are REALLY that good
and really shouldn’t be shared publicly. I’m sorry.