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Steve Earle Radio / A Fan’s Patter

We’re bringing our tornado to Texas. Recent bookings include Celtic Connections in Scotland (Jan), and The Annual Horseshoe Class in Benton Hot Springs (Sept), ahhh….Here’s some of the latest.
Stairwell Sisters’ on Steve Earle’s Air American Program…
http://www.airamerica.com/steveearleshow/
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Summer Update – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival!

Stairwell Sisters at HSB
Photo By Mike Melnyk
I don’t know if you know this, but the Stairwell Sisters are purely a DIY operation. We are our agent, publicist, manager, graphic designers and all else. We like it this way, since we have total control over our time and money, and it doesn’t seem to have hurt us any. This makes it ever more satisfying to be reaching national festivals and audiences.

Part of the payoff is finding ourselves in the midst of a thriving and skilled traditional music scene on our home turf, and in the presence of many musical heroes and inspirations everywhere we go. Our long festival season started with the amazing but freezing Strawberry Music Festival, and ended appropriately with one of the most monumental assemblies in roots music, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park, SF. A free festival, the weekend apparently drew over 500,000 people, and several generations of performers.
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BOTMC/NLCR!

Sisters & Ramblers

Photo By Mike Melnyk

Two weeks ago we had the immense honor of opening for the New Lost City Ramblers as part of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. The sold-out evening was a highlight of my life – watching the Ramblers together and knowing how many people there they had brought to traditional music, myself included. The entire weekend of concerts, square dance and cabaret was a like a homecoming – everyone I have met on the West Coast seemed to be here do-si-doing and picking all night long. Every night’s party saw dawn. And you know the Sisters, as the Good Ole Village Persons, donned wigs and attitude to belt out BOTMC, letting our freak flags fly.

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New York, the NE and more

Stairwell Sisters at Lincoln Center

Taking it all the way back, we’re remiss in not writing about our trip to New York City and points North. Lincoln Center kicked it off – free, out-of-doors, and we’re grateful the rain didn’t start till after we were done. Sorry to Robin & Linda Williams who followed us! We also would have like to stay to hear Percy Sledge, but it had been a very long day. After resting a bit, we headed back out at midnight (keeping on California time), to a bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn when they didn’t mind if we crowded round the entrance and played till 4am. Thanks to Thomas Bailey for scouting us a place, Joe Bass for coming out at 2, all ready to fly to the UK next day, and our homegirl Sabra, joining us from her road trip.

Several dates in NYC, then on to Boston, lobster, and a plethora of fans who filled Cantab’s on what should have been a slow Tuesday. Ithaca was a real treat – a full to overflowing Chapter House throbbed with people dancing, even on the slow, depressing songs. How great to introduce old friends Mac Benford and John Hoffman to our California girls. As always, a major thanks to Sally Freund who took us in to her beautiful country home, a respite under any circumstances.

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Good Old Village Persons do BOTMC + “Wish I Was”

Stairwell Sisters as Good Old Village Persons at BOTMC

You bet!

AND, Sue’s song “Wish I Was” was just nominated for song of the year in the bluegrass category – Just Plain Folks Awards!



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Stairwell Sisters Now Available from…

…& FEATURED on MILES OF MUSIC home page. “It’s a Cracker – 100% Guaranteed”

Feet All Over the Floor
The Stairwell Sisters



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