The Sadies were dealt a bitter blow in early 2022, founding member Dallas Good was being treated for a recently discovered coronary illness, when he suddenly passed away from natural causes. The 48-year-old, along with his brother Travis, Mike Belitsky and Sean Dean formed The Sadies in Toronto, Ontario, nearly 30 years ago, in 1994.
Their 1998 debut, Precious Moments, was a potent combo-platter of Traditional Country, Surf Music, Murder Ballads, Psychedelia and Garage Rock. The cognoscenti immediately caught on and the four-piece cultivated a loyal fan-base in their home country as well as the lower 48, and around the globe.
For the past 25 years, across 16 albums, this band has never been afraid to color outside the lines. They’ve collaborated with kindred spirits like Neko Case, John Doe, Jon Langford from The Mekons, Neil Young, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Garth Hudson from the band and The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie. A few months after Dallas’ untimely passing, Colder Streams arrived, garnering rave reviews from tastemaker publications like Paste, No Depression, Shindig and American Songwriter. Soldiering on as a trio, the band is back on the road, currently hopscotching across the country before working their way up the West Coast. Buoyed by the unanimous critical acclaim, these days are also bittersweet. Still, The Sadies persist. (Pappy + Harriet’s present The SADIES Saturday, February 25th, 2023. Pappy + Harriet’s Indoor stage, Pioneertown, Ca. Doors: 8:30pm/Show 9:30pm 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown, Ca. pappyandharriets.com)