Written by: Becky Buller and Craig Market
March 10, 2023 — If “Diane,” Sister Sadie’s first single for Mountain Home Music Company, showed that the IBMA award-winning, GRAMMY-nominated quintet could convincingly recast the 21st century country song into a ‘grass-shaped mold, their new single serves notice that they know just as well what to do with a straightforward bluegrass banger.
Written by another IBMA award winner, Becky Buller, along with widely admired tunesmith Craig Market, “Well” offers a clever lyric delivered via a classic-sounding melody and archetypal two-chord construction. And while group co-founder Gena Britt has won much attention for her banjo playing, here she reminds listeners that she’s also a commanding singer as she unwinds the complaint of a woman who knows her lover doesn’t want her even as he refuses to tell her goodbye. Verse lyrics ring changes on multiple meanings of the title’s single word, while the chorus employs it as a call-and-response element to hammer the point home. Punctuated with plenty of Britt’s banjo and virtuosic soloing — even bassist Hasee Ciacco gets a moment to shine before the song’s last verse — it’s a masterful performance of a well-crafted song that is, while not without a few surprises, squarely in the bluegrass vein.
“This song was given to the band from an amazingly talented colleague of ours, Becky Buller,” Gena notes. “[Fiddler] Deanie [Richardson] brought it back from another songwriting session she had with Becky and sent it to me, saying she thought this song might fit my style of singing, which is straight ahead bluegrass. She was right — I could hear the arrangement in my head from the very first note. The song lends itself to the thought that sometimes people just don’t have conversations that should probably happen, or don’t make decisions that would make it a lot easier for both parties. As the songwriters, Becky and Craig Market allude to, sometimes people don’t know whether to end a relationship or just keep being miserable. When we went in the studio to cut this song, the energy and creativity was palpable.”
Adds Buller, “Writing with Craig Market is a dazzling experience; he’s one talented cat. With Gena on lead vocals, Sister Sadie musically channels all the frustration our protagonist in ‘Well’ is feeling at her sweetheart’s indecision. I do love me a mean bluegrass song, and Sister Sadie satisfies with this one.”
Listen to “Well” HERE.