The Sadies

The Sadies Offer FREE 12 Hour Digital Download Of “Goodbye Johnny” With Gord Downie Via Bandcamp



Song Found on Exclusive Vinyl Package Archives Vol. 1 Rarities, Oddities and Radio: 1995-2019
Available Now Via Dine Alone Records HERE

Link to artwork: | Artwork by: Michel Casarramona

“The Sadies are Canada’s greatest living rock band.”Noisey-Vice

“…while others in Americana field get stuck in a groove, that will never be a problem with the Sadies…a now-veteran act who refuse to be pigeonholed.” – American Songwriter

(April 24, 2020 – Toronto, ON)  The Sadies announce today that they will be offering a single track, their cover of The Gun Club’s “Goodbye Johnny” with Gord Downie on vocals as a free download on their BandCamp page. The track will be available as a digital download for 12 hours tomorrow, Saturday April 25th from 12:00pm EDT to Midnight EDT HERE.

The song is from a very special collection titled Archives Vol. 1 Rarities, Oddities and Radio: 1995-2019 released earlier this year available to purchase HERE. The record which features 16 songs spanning the band’s incredible 20+ year career is a vinyl-only release, with 300 of the limited 1000 copies available exclusively through Dine Alone Records. The collection features many talented musicians that the band has worked with over the years including Garth Hudson, Rick White, Greg Keelor, John Doe, Mary Margaret O’Hara, and Gord Downie. See below for a full list of featured guests.

Says Dallas Good of this particular song, “It’s still very difficult for me to talk about the passing of Gord Downie. We had so many great times together. Here’s one of them. This is from a show we did in Boston on May 3, 2014. He and I selected the songs we covered when performing as the Conquering Sun. The Gun Club is a favourite of mine. Not sure how familiar Gord was. Thing is, nobody can sing like Jeffrey Lee Pierce, but in my opinion, this is the best vocal performance of a Gun Club cover, at least that I’ve heard. Thanks Gord. Sadie loves you.”

The Sadies have been keeping very busy since the release of their widely-acclaimed studio album Northern Passages available on Dine Alone Records (Canada). The band hit the road as direct support to Kurt Vile & The Violators for an extensive North American tour in 2019. Before hitting the road, the band notably composed the music score for Carmine Street Guitars, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2018 following excellent reviews from its worldwide launch at the Venice Film Festival. Carmine Street Guitars is a music documentary by Ron Mann capturing featuring a cast of prominent musicians and artists, including members of The Sadies and home to legendary custom guitar maker Rick Kelly who handcrafts guitars using 100-year-old wood salvaged from historic New York buildings.

The beloved quartet, comprised of singer/guitarists Dallas and Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky, first arrived on the North American scene more than 20 years ago, their music has never been less than awe-inspiring, with no embellishment necessary. The Sadies are back in the studio working on a new record. More information will be announced when available.

Archives Vol. 1 Rarities, Oddities and Radio: 1995-2019 Tracklist

1. Dying Is No Way To Make A Living
2. Little Sadie (Trad.)
3. Wagon Wheel
4. 1,000 Cities Falling (Part 1)
5. Locust Eater
6. Within A Stone
7. All The Way Back Home (The Unintended)
8. Ballad Of Immortal Joe
9. Oh, How She Rides
10. Travis And Robo
11. Out Of The Blue
12. External Sounds
13. Strange Birds
14. Carmine Street Guitars Theme
15. Goodbye Johnny
16. Dallas and Robo

The Sadies are:

Dallas Good guitars, banjo, keyboards, vocal
Travis Good guitars, mandolin, fiddle, vocal
Sean Dean bass
Mike Belitsky drums

With special guests:

Andrew Scott, drums on 1, 3 and 5
Paul Rigby, pedal steel on 4
Bernie Pleskach, accordion on 5
Garth Hudson, organ on 6 and 11
Rick White, acoustic guitar and vocal on 7
Greg Keelor, back-up vocal on 7
Jonah Falco, trumpet on 8
D’Arcy Good, back-up vocals on 8 and 9
Aaron Goldstein, pedal steel on 9
John Doe, acoustic guitar and back-up vocal on 9
Mary Margaret O’Hara, vocal on 11
Gord Downie, vocal on 15

Link to download photo of The Sadies and Gord Downie:
Photo Credit: Peter Harvey

Link to *NEW* hi-res press photo: | Photo credit: Heather Pollock
L to R:  Sean Dean, Dallas Good, Mike Belitsky, Travis Good


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