There are two moments in this life when I can’t wipe the grin off my face – when the sun’s shining and the road’s dry, and I’m ripping down a stretch of coastal highway on my Harley. Happiness is … as they say. There’s great wisdom in the idea that you most regret the things that you didn’t do. I am truly thankful to have been inspired by friends on the west coast of Canada, to get on a bike and ride. There’s nothing quite like it.
The other grin-inducing moment for me, is seeing The Sadies in concert.
If I’d had sons, I’d have been proud to call them Travis and Dallas, in hopes it would have inspired them to ascend the heights THESE guys have gone to musically, and take you to with their live show. You can see The Sadies this week – three shows noted below.
4 masterful musicians with pedigree, passion, depth, originality and humility.
The Sadies are beautifully tethered to some of the most integral tenets of music. Roots music – rockabilly, psychedelia, torch and twang, – or as the famed New York lower east side club put it best – CBGB, for country, bluegrass and blues, plus they rock surf instrumentals, with grace and ferocity. That’s it, truly. Grace and ferocity.
The care these two take in picking just the right notes, with just the right tone, volume, and attack, is second to none.
Two brothers wielding vintage guitars command the font of the stage. 6 and half feet tall (give or take), Travis to the left and Dallas to the right, these ‘Good Brothers’, have been known as The Sadies since the 1990’s.
The rhythm section, of Sean Dean on stand-up bass, and Mike Belitsky on drums, is a brilliant back line with precision timing. You have to see the enthusiastic smirk on Belitsky’s face when he pounds out perfectly placed beats, song after song.
Dallas and Travis are the sons of Margaret and Bruce Good, and nephews of Brian and Larry Good, who are members of the Canadian institution The Good Brothers.
In concert, The Sadies take you on a journey through the past, with great presence and a respect for the audience . Whether playing to 20,000 at the Saddledome or to 200 at a little club, the sweat equity is the same. They give everything and leave you wanting for nothing, beyond another chance to the see them live, and regain that stupid grin that says, I can’t believe my f****** eyes and ears.
The Sadies albums include the 2002 debut “Stories Often Told”, 2004’s “Favourite Colours” and 2007’s Juno Award nominated, “New Seasons” . Plus 2010’s “Darker Circles”, and 2013’s “Internal Sounds”.
This song runs chills up and down my spine.
Here is The Sadies Juno Award winning video ‘Rumbleseat’.
Writer/Sadies supporter Greg Dinwoodie hit the nail on the head saying “There’s hardly ever been a band as versatile and adventurous as The Sadies”.
I asked Travis Good of the Sadies what HIS top 3 bands are. His answer was The Band, The Band, and The Band.
When Garth Hudson, organist from the band known as The Band, put together an all-Canadian-collaboration album, 2010’s Garth Hudson Presents: A Canadian Celebration of The Band, he looked toward The Sadies, who, in addition to contributing their version of “The Shape I’m In”, backed Mary Margaret O’Hara on her rendition of “Out Of The Blue”. They also played with Neil Young on his rendition of “This Wheel’s On Fire”. That’s what led to their opening for Crazy Horse across Canada in 2012.
Randy Bachman offered these words on The Sadies: “It’s quite different when I play with The Sadies than when I play with anyone else. I love the stand-up bass, it gives an incredible gigantic bottom end sound. I think the two brothers Dallas and Travis are just amazing guitar players. They’ve got their own cool identity”.
In addition to their own recordings, the Sadies have collaborated as well, with Blue Rodeo, Gord Downie, and have written, recorded, and backed the great Neko Case.
Travis Good also plays a mean-ass fiddle. Here’s a double shot of Sadies with equal parts torch ‘n’ twang.
See The Sadies in concert soon.
The next three shows: