Artist: The Sweetback Sisters
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Latest Album: King of Killing Time
Personal Nicknames: Emily and Zara
Who would be your dream co-writer?
Zara: Roger Miller or Molly Drake. Two writers from very different worlds, but both had a real grip on how to convey the human condition.
Emily: Hazel Dickens wrote really hard-hitting songs that didn’t soft-pedal the social issues she cared about. I would selfishly want to co-write with her, both because that would mean she had magically come back to life, which would be incredible for the world, but also so I could see HOW she managed to create such perfect, on-target songs.
If a song started playing every time you entered the room, what would you want it to be?
E: “Shake Your Groove Thing”
Z: “I Will Survive” — Can you tell we both have a deep mutual love for the Priscilla Queen of the Desert soundtrack?
What was your favorite grade in school?
E: Senior in high school. The world was my oyster!
Z: Yeah high school was the best. I basically went to the New England version of the movie Fame.
What are you most afraid of?
Z: Aliens. Definitely aliens.
E: The dark of night, after watching an episode of The Walking Dead. So, maybe it’s zombies I’m afraid of?
Who is your celebrity crush?
E: Dolly Parton
Z: Tie between Zach Galfinakas and JD McPherson
Pickles or olives?
Z: Hot pickled okra!
Plane, train, or automobile?
Z: No where else I’d rather be than on the open road. Automobile.
Which is worse — rainy days or Mondays?
E: Mondays, by a longshot.
Z: Aren’t Mondays a musician’s version of Friday?
If you could go back (or forward) to live in any decade, when would you choose?
E: I love music from the 1950s and ’60s, but I can’t say I want to turn the clock back any further on human/civil rights in this country, so I’m gonna look forward to the shiny 2030s. I think maybe we’ll get our heads screwed on by then. And, heck, maybe honky tonk will have a huge, rhinestoned resurgence!
Z: What she said. Here’s to the future!
Photo credit: Anja Schutz