DelFest 2022 Preview: Sister Sadie

A group composed of jaw-dropping talent, Sister Sadie is an all-woman bluegrass band that is shaping the string band scene. 

After a sold-out show at the Station Inn in Nashville a decade ago, the group decided to keep the momentum rolling, releasing their debut self-titled album in 2016. The group would go on to earn a Grammy Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album in 2019 for their sophomore album, Sister Sadie II.

Along with becoming a regular guest at Nashville’s illustrious Grand Ole Opry, this band took home Vocal Group of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Behind these awards are five world-renowned musicians. Gena Britt plays banjo with lightning speed and precision, while simultaneously harmonizing with her fellow band members. Deanie Richardson has played the fiddle since she was nine years old, playing with a palpable intensity and passion. Despite her younger age, Hasee Ciaccio skillfully plucks the upright bass, and acting as the lead singer, Jaelee Roberts uses her powerful voice to lead the charge along with her guitar playing. And finally, Mary Meyer has been an award-winning mandolin player since her youth.

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Together as Sister Sadie, the five artists deliver one hell of a sound.

With a collection of top notch musicians, it’s no wonder this group has so many awards under their belt. Nonetheless, this band has made it clear that they continue to play together because of their shared passion for the music as well as each other.

And this weekend, the group will grace the stages of DelFest in Maryland, along with a number of other modern greats in the bluegrass and roots world. They will be playing the 5:00 PM window on the Music Hall stage on Friday May 27th. You can find the full schedule here.

Photo by Jon Roncolato Photography

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