The Sadies

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The Sadies
Performing at South By Southwest 2008
Performing at South By Southwest 2008
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresAlternative country, country and western
Years active1994-present
LabelsBloodshot, Yep Roc Records, Outside Music
Associated actsThe Unintended, Jon Langford, Neko Case, The New Mendicants, Gord Downie
MembersDallas Good
Travis Good
Sean Dean
Mike Belitsky

The Sadies are a Canadian rock and roll / country and western band from Toronto, Ontario. The band consists of Dallas Good, Travis Good, Sean Dean and Mike Belitsky. Dallas and Travis are the sons of Margaret and Bruce Good, and nephews of Brian and Larry Good, who are members of the Canadian country group The Good Brothers.


The Sadies were formed in 1994. In 1998 the group released their first album, Precious Moments. Several more albums followed, including In Concert Vo. 1 in 2006.[1]

In addition to their own recordings, the Sadies often collaborate with other artists, such as Blue Rodeo, Jon Langford, Gord Downie, Andre Williams (on the 1999 country-influenced Red Dirt and the 2012 release entitled "Night and Day"), Neil Young (track "This Wheel’s On Fire" on the album "Garth Hudson Presents A Canadian Celebration Of The Band"[2]) and have recorded, written and toured extensively as backing band for singer Neko Case. They have also toured and recorded with Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray as Heavy Trash, as well as John Doe. They consider themselves honorary members of The Mekons. The Sadies' music is featured in many films and television shows, for example, Adult Swim's 12 oz. Mouse. An instrumental performed by the band can be heard in episode 5 of season 1, during a scene in which Rhoda the bartender is murdered. On May 18, 2010, The Sadies released Darker Circles CD/LP through Outside Music and Yep Roc Records. Darker Circles was a shortlisted nominee for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize and in 2012, won a Juno Award with Mike Roberts for best video.[3]

The Sadies are collectively members of the group The Unintended, along with Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo and Rick White of Eric's Trip/Elevator. They also make multiple contributions to Garth Hudson's 2010 album Garth Hudson Presents: A Canadian Celebration of The Band, by performing "The Shape I'm In", and also by backing Neil Young, for "This Wheel's On Fire", and Mary Margaret O'Hara, for "Out of the Blue".[4] All performances on that album featured Hudson on keyboards.

The Sadies performing at Burlington's Sound of Music Festival Festival in 2011

Among the band's more recent studio releases are Internal Sounds, released on September 17, 2013 through Outside Music; And the Conquering Sun, their 2014 collaboration with Gord Downie on Arts & Crafts Productions; and Northern Passages, released in February 2017 on Yep Roc Records.[5]



Year Album Peak chart positions
US Country US Heat US Indie
1998 Precious Moments
1999 Red Dirt (Andre Williams and The Sadies)
Pure Diamond Gold
2001 Tremendous Efforts
2002 Stories Often Told
2003 Mayors of the Moon (Jon Langford & His Sadies)
2004 Favourite Colours
The Tigers Have Spoken (Neko Case & The Sadies) 14 19
2006 In Concert Volume One
Tales of the Rat Fink
2007 New Seasons
2008 S/T ([Jerry Teel & The Big City Stompers)
2009 Country Club (John Doe & The Sadies) 32 10 37
2010 Darker Circles
2012 Night and Day (Andre Williams and The Sadies)
2013 The Good Family Album (The Good Family including The Good Brothers and The Sadies)
Internal Sounds (Released on September 17, 2013)
2014 And the Conquering Sun (with Gord Downie)
2017 Northern Passages
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


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  1. ^ "Reviews: New and Noteworthy". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 76– 12 August 2006. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ "This Wheels on Fire - The Sadies, Neil Young | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  3. ^ Thompson, Ciaran (September 20, 2010). "Karkwa win 2010 Polaris Music Prize". Aux. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2010.
  4. ^ "Garth Hudson Ropes in Neil Young, the Sadies, Blue Rodeo and More for All-Canadian Tribute to the Band". 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
  5. ^ "The Sadies Talk the Ins and Outs of 'Internal Sounds,' Stream Album on". Exclaim!, September 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013.

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