“Diane” is the first single from award-winning (IBMA Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group Of The Year) and GRAMMY-nominated quartet Sister Sadie in four years and the first bluegrass single to be released right out of the gate in immersive audio, powered by Dolby Atmos.
It’s been four long years since award-winning quintet Sister Sadie released their last album, and while the group’s hardly been idle — they took home the International Bluegrass Music Association’s top Entertainer of the Year award in 2020, Vocal Group of the Year trophies in 2019, 2020 and 2021, along with a miscellany of other honors, all while bringing three new members on board — the clamor for new music has only grown since then. Now, with the release of “Diane,” their debut single for Mountain Home Music Company, the demand has been answered — and not only is the new record a sizzling hot slice of contemporary bluegrass, it’s the first bluegrass single to be released right out of the gate in immersive audio, powered by Dolby Atmos.
With a stunning a capella opening that features new members Jaelee Roberts (guitar) and Mary Meyer (mandolin) alongside founding member Gena Britt (banjo), “Diane” is tailor-made for maximum listener impact as it unwinds a story co-written and first sung by country singer Cam, who described the 2017 single as a kind of answer to Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Offering up the lyric’s frank tale of infidelity told from the point of view of an unwitting “other woman,” the group barrels through a dynamic arrangement that alternates between vivid, commanding lead vocals from Roberts, powerful trio harmonies and driving instrumental passages that feature Meyer, Britt, fiddler Deanie Richardson and even bassist Hasee Ciacco.
“Deanie introduced the song ‘Diane’ to the band after hearing Cam perform it on the Grand Ole Opry while she was in the staff band,” says the band. “Once we started gathering material to record, we knew we had to try it! It’s the perfect fit for us. It features the intricate harmony vocals that this band is drawn to and showcases some stellar playing as well from every member. We had a great time learning this one! Once we dug in, the ideas and excitement started pouring out of all of us. This is an incredibly fun song to play and the audience response has been dynamite!”
About Sister Sadie
Sister Sadie, which launched in the wake of an ostensibly one-off show at Nashville’s World Famous Station Inn in 2012, has both embraced and transcended its all-female identity, earning acclaim that includes being named as the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 2020, as well as Vocal Group of the Year in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Members range from acclaimed veterans to rising newcomers, who have won individual recognition, too, with founding member and fiddle player Deanie Richardson named as Fiddle Player of the Year in 2020 and banjo player/vocalist Gena Britt — SPBGMA’s reigning Banjo Player of the Year — having participated in three award-winning collaborative projects.The lineup is rounded out by 2021 IBMA Momentum Vocalist of the Year and Mountain Home recording artist Jaelee Roberts (guitar), in-demand bassist Hasee Ciacco (Molly Tuttle, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands) and the most recent arrival, mandolin player and singer Mary Meyer. The band’s previous release, Sister Sadie II, earned them a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album in 2019.