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Music News Nashville Review

Here's a review for the new album from Music News Nashville.

Sweethearts Of The Rodeo - Restless

If you go back to the mid 1980s, you would find that country radio as at its' most adventurous level. You had legends like Haggard, Twitty, and Jones still notching hit records, as well as mainstream acts like Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire. You also had acts such as Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle that were not just critical darlings, but radio favorites, as well.

One of those acts, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, was a welcome addition to the radio airwaves at the time. Their harmonies on such records as "Midnight Girl" and "Satisfy You" were nothing less than spellbinding, and they were one of the most respected acts in the format. Were they Country? Were they Folk? Though the lines were somewhat blurry, they definitely carved out a successful niche.

Back with their first album in some time, Janis Oliver and Kristine Arnold sound like little time has passed since those Columbia recordings back in the mid to late 1980s. Cuts such as "Gone To Kentucky" and "You Can't Hold Me Back" showcase those harmonies very effectively. On the latter, producer Dave Pomeroy showcases the ladies with an arrangement that is very haunting, giving the harmonies an ever clearer showcase.

Restless also shows how adept the Sweethearts remain at handling different sounds and styles. There's a rockin sound to the title cut, as well as "Too Little Too Late" that the ladies handle as well as ever, and they delve into the romantic into the hopeful "Maybe Tonight."

Other highlights on the album include the soulful "What Does Love Mean To You" and the stunner "Hopeless Rose," which is one of the best-written cuts on the disc. Then again, if a writing credit included Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander, and the extremely gifted Ashley Monroe, I think it would be a safe bet that track would be a highlight. All in all, an album that would sound right at home with their finest work. It sounds like time has stood still!

by Chuck Dauphin

New Sweetheart CD Available Now!

Our new CD, Restless, is now available! It's been a long time coming, and we're excited to share our new music with you. This project was produced by Dave Pomeroy and the Sweethearts Of The Rodeo. We had a killer band in the studio including Al Perkins, Rick Lonow, Dave Pomeroy, Kenny Vaughan, Richard Bennett, Vince Santoro, Jim " Moose" Brown, Jeff Taylor, Richard Bailey, and Steven Sheehan. We'll be talking more about the individual tracks, and how each musician contributed. The CD is available here on our website and also from iTunes and various other sites.

New Shows

We can't wait to get out there and perform again. You can expect a great band, and a fun show. We know how to have a good time on stage and no doubt there will be lots of opportunities to torment each other. We are sisters after all.

New Videos

Check out our video clips. Soon after recording our new CD, we played 12th & Porter in Nashville, TN and filmed the entire performance. You'll be able to get a sneak preview of us performing some of the new songs from Restless before the CD is released.


Hello and welcome to our website! We're so glad you stopped by. We have lots of exciting Sweethearts news to let you in on, so please keep checking back for updates to our site. This is just the beginning!

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Cybelle Codish

You'll want to check out the incredible work of photographer Cybelle Codish. We loved working with her. The location was Janis' farm in Franklin, TN. We started at 4AM with makeup and wardrobe, then went to the farm for sunrise. We didn't stop till the sunset, so it was one long day. We filmed this as well, so we'll be showing you some behind-the-scenes clips. Cybelle's work is also featured on the CD package.

A Family Wedding

Note from Janis: My daughter, Jenny Gill, was married to Josh Van Valkenberg on May 8th, 2010! It was a magical ceremony, and one rocking' party. The event took place at Vince and Amy's lovely home in Nashville, TN. The whole day was filled with love, hugs, and tears of joy. Jenny was so beautiful, she took my breath away.

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