Sister Sadie does not disappoint crowd at Levitt AMP Music Series

Published 1:58 pm Friday, September 13, 2019

The ninth week of the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Series did not disappoint. According to many at the show, it was record heat for the concert event, but the lawn was still packed with community members excited to listen to some great bluegrass from Sister Sadie.

The night also paid tribute to one of the Levitt Tone Founders, Pete Cline. Three of Cline’s daughters made their way back to Bell County from as far as New York City to take part in the evening. Dana Greene presented the ladies with a letter that was sent from the Levitt Foundation.

“I want to thank each and every one of you for being out here tonight for this very special evening,” Cline’s daughter Buffy said. “We are so thankful for the opportunity to be here with you and enjoy Sister Sadie, who dad worked so hard to get here.”

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Cline played a large part in establishing the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series and designing the Sister Sadie with Emily Rogers’s event.

Dale Ann Bradley is from this community, and Cline wanted to bring her and her band, Sister Sadie, to the stage for a special performance. The performance was special because the entire night was held in his honor.

Before Sister Sadie took the stage, Back Porch Grass, the band that launched Cline’s musicianship in the 80s and later reignited his love for bluegrass, played for the audience. Cline and Back Porch Grass played regularly at the Pineapple Tea Room in Cumberland Gap.

“What a great night we have had,” Dana Greene said as he stepped on the stage to introduce Sister Sadie. “We are so excited to welcome Sister Sadie to the Levitt Stage.”

Sister Sadie is made up of Dale Ann Bradley on guitar and vocals, Tina Adair on mandolin, Gena Britt on banjo, Deanie Richardson on fiddle, and Hasee Ciaccio on base.

“We’ve been nominated for Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the years,” Gena Britt explained. “It’s coming up in a couple of weeks.”

Opening for Sister Sadie at 6:30 p.m. was Emily Miller, a multi-talented country singer/songwriter.

The Cline Family would like to send their appreciation to Middlesboro and the Levitt Foundation for choosing such a special concert to remember their dad, who loved being involved in the Levitt Concert Series and the Middlesboro community at large. “It’s a beautiful day in the ‘Boro.”