Photo by Annemarie Sundell
We first discovered Sad Daddy because one of their members is Melissa Carper, but turns out they've been a band since 2010. All four members (which also include Brian Martin, Joe Sundell, and Rebecca Patek) met up in Martin's cabin in Greers Ferry, Arkansas during the 2020 lockdown and started working on a new album. Eventually they brought in recording equipment and recorded in the cabin live in a circle. The first single from the forthcoming album, "Charlie Pickle," sounds exactly like it was recorded this way. This is pure downhome country. It's a sound that predates what we think of as classic country. It just sounds like a group of friends hanging out and playing music. Despite being as rootsy as it could possibly be, there isn't a shred of that hokey or winking you get sometimes with this type of music. "Charlie Pickle" is classic American roots music that you're simply going to love.