Travis and Dallas Good will never let you down
Since the mid-'90s, Toronto-bred brothers Travis and Dallas Good have led the Sadies through countless iterations of country and rock 'n' roll, often inviting in collaborators like Neko Case, Robyn Hitchcock, Jon Langford of the Mekons and more. And the quality has rarely dipped, no matter what corner the Sadies were exploring. The band's 2009 collab with John Doe, Country Club, is a standout in the Sadies' vast catalogue, and the accompanying tour, which made a stop at Rumba Cafe the same year, is in the top 10 shows I've caught at the club. As impressive as the Goods sound on record, the siblings truly shine on stage, effortlessly harmonizing and dazzling with their guitar heroics.
In the band's early days, Kurt Vile played the support slot on a tour, and Vile shows up on a track from the band's most recent album, Northern Passages. “It's Easy (Like Walking)” fits seamlessly into the casually cool vibe set by several of the album's songs; “Riverview Fog,” “The Elements of Song” and “The Good Years” are some of the most mellow in the Sadies' long career, with the guitars setting the mood rather than storming the stage. Even in a more melancholy, pastoral state of mind, the Good brothers don't disappoint.