This Toronto-based band is led by brothers Dallas and Travis Good, who are joined by their friends Sean Dean and Mike Belitsky. The Sadies have been praised for their music, which draws on surf rock, traditional country and garage rock inspirations. Their 1998 EP Precious Moments featured Neko Case on backing vocals, which helped to earn them significant notice. Neko Case isn’t the only talent to share space with The Sadies – Greg Keelor often performs with them live, and they supported Greg’s tour to promote his 2006 solo album Aphrodite Rose.
Between 2001 and 2004, the Sadies released a studio album annually, including two records in 2004. Their 2002 album Stories Often Told was recorded at Blue Rodeo’s Woodshed Studio, and was produced by Greg. That time period also saw them appear on two tracks on Neko Case’s live album, The Tigers Have Spoken (2004), and helped to solidify their reputation as a band who are notorious for their captivating live shows and willingness to play anywhere with anyone.
August of 2006 saw the release of the Sadies much heralded In Concert Volume 1. The double disc captures the essence of the Sadies and showcases their collaborative efforts with their friends and notable peers. It has been described as a "star-studded extravaganza" akin to the Band's legendary The Last Waltz. Since 2006 they have released three more albums and show no signs of stopping.
Sources: AllMusic.com, Wikipedia
- The Sadies opened up for Blue Rodeo in the Maritimes during their 2000 tour.
- The Sadies recorded their 2001 album Tremendous Efforts at Greg's farm in March of 2000. Greg, along with Jim Cuddy, Bazil Donovan, Bob Egan, James Grey and Glen Milchem all play on the album.
- Travis Good plays guitar on "Cinema Song" from Blue Rodeo's The Days in Between .
Greg often performs with the Sadies. He typically sings Elvis' classic, "Wearing that Loved-On Look" which appears on the Tremendous Efforts album or the Bee Gees tune "To Love Somebody" which Blue Rodeo later recorded for their Greatest Hits Volume 1 CD.
- The Sadies collaborated with Blue Rodeo's Bob Egan (and many other musicians) on Neko Case's album Furnace Room Lullaby .
- The album Stories Often Told was recorded at Blue Rodeo's Woodshed Studio, and was produced by Greg.
- Jim and Greg wrote the song "Stories Often Told" on the Sadies 2002 release of the same name. Blue Rodeo fans will be familiar with this song by its original title "Palace of Gold".
During Blue Rodeo's tour in support of the album Are You Ready, the band began performing the Sadies' version of "Palace of Gold" ("Stories Often Told") which can be found on the Live At Stratford 2006 CDs.
- At Blue Rodeo's annual summer gig at Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre in 2004, Dallas Good joined Blue Rodeo on stage to perform along with Chris Christopherson.
- Dallas and Travis appear with Blue Rodeo, singing around the campfire on the Juno winning DVD, Blue Rodeo: In Stereovision .
- Dallas and Travis Good formed a group with Greg and Rick White called the Unintended and released a self-titled album in 2004.
- The Sadies' double live album In Concert Volume 1 (2006) features performances by Greg and Jim.
- Greg has said numerous times in interviews that the Sadies are "the best band in Canada".
- The Sadies are co-headlining and backing Greg on this tour in support of his solo album Aphrodite Rose (2006).