STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
Western swing is where blues, old-timey, country, swing and rockabilly all intersect.
Add The Sweetback Sisters’ retro harmonies and BR549-meets-The B-52’s style, and it sounds like a party — in this case a Christmas party that may even move you to tears. Zara Bode, who sings co-lead vocals with Emily Miller, has seen it happen before during their “Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular” concerts.
“People don’t do Christmas revues anymore. It’s not just singing along; there’s trivia and we kind of put a little meaning behind the spectacular … great outfits … and I don’t know, people may want to bring tissues,” she said.
The performance at 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Sellersville Theater will of course include selections from the six-piece band’s 2012 holiday album, but will also feature their interpretations of songs like “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” “Sleigh Ride” and ‘Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me.”
Bode said the revue, which they are performing a personal record 12 times this season, was conceived as a thank-you gift to their hometowns of Brattleboro, Vt. and Brooklyn. The “Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular” tour has them playing dates across New England and New York, as well as Gettysburg and Washington DC.
Although Bode, who is also a musical theater performer in New York, and Miller are not actually sisters, “it was very clear there was this ability to blend our voices in a way that genetics may have been involved,” she said of the style of vocal harmony popularized by The Davis Sisters, The Everly Brothers and The Judds.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: The Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Dec. 18.
WHERE: Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville.
TICKETS: $19.50 and $29.50.
INFO: Call (215) 257-5808 or visit www.st94.com.