The Sadies Biography

A mixture of country, surf and rock, the Sadies’ music sounds straight out of the heartland of America, so it is something of a surprise that they come from Toronto, Canada. The Sadies are fronted by the brothers, Dallas and Travis Good (both guitar and vocals), who obviously picked up a thing or two from their father and uncle, who have been part of the Canadian rock outfit the Good Brothers since the late 60s. The band’s other members, Sean Dean (double bass) and Mike Belitsky (drums), are both veterans of other local Toronto bands, and prior to joining the Sadies, were bandmates of Dallas Good in an obscure group called the Makers Mark.

Formed during the late 90s, the Sadies quickly issued three albums for the indie label Bloodshot, namely the Steve Albini -produced Precious Moments and Pure Diamond Gold (the latter included several tracks recorded with Don Pyle of Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet), plus Tremendous Efforts. They also found the time to back other artists, including alt country singer-songwriter Neko Case (several singles, including a 1999 tribute to Loretta Lynn) and blues vocalist/guitarist Andre Williams (1999’s Red Dirt). In 2002, the quartet signed a new recording contract with the Yep Roc label, releasing the excellent Stories Often Told (2002) and the solid Favourite Colours (2004). In addition to his duties with the Sadies, Belitsky also drums for the Pernice Brothers.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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