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    Sweethearts Of The Rodeo

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    Midnight Girl/Sunset Town lyrics
    2Brand New Tennessee Waltz lyrics
    If I Never See Midnight Again lyrics
    4Blue Sky lyrics
    Chains of Gold lyrics
    6One Time One Night lyrics
    7Uphill All the Way lyrics
    8Steel Rail Blues lyrics
    9Satisfy You lyrics
    10Hoping That You're Hoping lyrics

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    Sisters [Columbia] [1991]
    2One Time One Night [Columbia] [1988]
    3Battle of the Bands (w. O'Kanes) [Sony] [2003]
    4Rodeo Waltz [Sugarhill] [1993]
    5Beautiful Lies [Sugarhill] [1996]
    6Anthology [Renaissance] [2000]
    7Buffalo Zone [Columbia] [1990]
    8Sweethearts of the Rodeo [Columbia] [1986]


    In the spring of 1986, the Sweethearts Of The Rodeo took country
    music by storm. Although the Sweethearts, sisters Janis Gill and
    Kristine Arnold, had paid nearly 20 years of dues for their "overnight"
    success, when it finally hit, it was, as Janis recalls, "like a jet airplane
    taking off, with us just hanging onto the wings for dear life."

    With their first two albums spawning seven consecutive Top 10 hits,
    the Sweethearts filled country airwaves for the most of the latter 80's
    with classics like "Midnight Girl/Sunset Town," "Chains of Gold,"
    "Satisfy You" and "Blue To The Bone."

    But the Sweethearts' glittering success had an adverse flipside that
    only gradually began to show itself. While they coped for a while with
    the pressure of recording, touring and the constant self-promotion
    that's required to stay on top, Janis and Kristine began to find
    themselves boxed into the sound and image that had worked so
    well for them.

    "We went through the whole range of negative emotions: fear, anger,
    sadness, desperation," says Kristine. "We almost broke up at one
    point. Being sisters helped us weather that and continue to believe in
    what we do. Because we got through all the despair, we began to
    realize that there's a lot more to our music than just hit radio
    records. We resurfaced and realized there's another whole world
    of music that has nothing to do with any of that, and that's what we
    decided to pursue."

    What the Sweethearts resurfaced with was a new record label,
    Sugar Hill, and a creative freedom unlike anything they had ever
    known before. But rather than reinventing themselves for their
    Sugar Hill debut, "Rodeo Waltz", they returned to their roots.

    "When we started putting together "Rodeo Waltz", we began looking
    at songs we'd been singing for 20 years or longer....songs we had
    never even brought up the notion of recording because they were
    nothing mainstream country radio would touch," Kristine says. "
    It was rediscovering a whole world of songs and wonderful
    memories, not only of what we used to perform, but how much we
    and the audiences loved it. We were downright giddy in the studio
    at times."

    With "Beautiful Lies", the Sweethearts' follow-up Sugar Hill release,
    they continue their new tradition of recording music for themselves
    and their fans. Produced by Janis (who also wrote or co-wrote four
    of the tracks) "Beautiful Lies" is being hailed by some industry
    insiders as their best record ever, and the title track has become
    an instant Americana Top-Ten hit.

    The Sweethearts Of The Rodeo have added bluegrass and folk
    festivals to their touring schedule now, while still maintaining a
    strong fan base from their years at the top of the country charts.
    They perform now with a small acoustic band as well as doing
    occasional duo dates that include both their newer repertoire and
    acoustic reworkings of their chart hits.

    "We were looking for a niche -- a place where we could continue
    with our audience-- and that's what we've found." says Kristine.

    "The trade-off in possible Gold and Platinum sales with a smaller
    label is worth the creative freedom we've found a thousandfold,"
    says Janis. "It was almost funny. there were people in Nashville
    who would come up and pat me on the back and offer sympathy
    when we left the major label. We're just so happy where we are
    now. We went from grief and desperation to the most joyous
    projects we've ever done."

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