Published Jan 01, 2006Dallas Good believes his band can appeal to everyone. The closing track of the Sadies' third album, Tremendous Efforts, is even a duet with his mother, Margaret. Although in typical Sadies fashion, "Before I Wake" is a chilling outlaw ballad, it's still hard not to agree with Good that this is the kind of music fans of both country and rock need right now.
"The Sadies exist in part because of the huge hole in terms of bands that play fun music for people to go out and drink and dance to," he says. "We just do what we're supposed to, and we cater to people who enjoy the same things we do."
That group of people seems to be growing with each show as word-of-mouth continues to spread about their incendiary live set which, like the albums, is a mix of classic country, twangy instrumentals, and a lot of garage punk attitude thrown in for good measure. That combination is a bit more streamlined on the new album as the band brought engineer Steve Albini to their home turf for the bulk of the sessions, recorded at Greg Keelor's farm near Peterborough, Ontario.
"[Steve] grew up in Montana, so he didn't feel out of place," Good explains. "But I think he thought it was going to be like a vacation. It ended up being really long days for him setting things up because we had so many players on it." The guests include all the members of Blue Rodeo, as well as a return of the full Good Family line-up. Dallas and his guitar-wiz brother Travis are of course the legacy of Canada's first family of shit-kicking country rock, the Good Brothers, and bridging the generations remains an undercurrent in everything the Sadies do, despite their morbid image.
Tremendous Efforts does include a version of the Gun Club's "Mother Of Earth," but there's also the Elvis chestnut "Wearin' That Loved On Look," sung convincingly by Keelor, and several bluegrass workouts featuring the original Good Brothers.
"We'd like to do more shows with people we record with, but right now we literally don't have any room to bring anyone else on tour," Good says. "We all might just end up living on a commune, growing beards and wearing overalls, and becoming the Ozark Mountain Daredevils or something."