This four-piece Alternative-Indie Americana band is based in Ithaca, N.Y. They perform soulful and heartfelt lyrics and songs created by singer-songwriter Heather Boob who blends classic country, folk, rock-n-roll and pop with a hint of blues.
This will be the first time the full band has performed in Pennsylvania and Boob’s third concert in her home state. She plays guitar and sings; Paula Cusano is on drums; and Audrey Moss is on bass. Joining them for the Wellsboro concert will be Andy Knapp on guitar and mandolin. He is performing in place of regular band member Ashley Broadwell who plays electric guitar.
Boob and a friend founded Sundown Sally in 2010 as a duet. “We started playing music together and decided to form a band. It was the first time I had played in public even though I had been writing songs and playing guitar since I was a teenager," she said.
The duo played acoustic guitars and sang harmonies. Boob wrote the music.
Then a third musician joined the band. When Boob's original partner decided to go solo, two new members joined and Sundown Sally became a foursome. Boob continued to write the music and still does today.
“We went from acoustic to electric and more amplified and then began to experiment and evolve. We went from country-folk songs into a folk rock Americana sound,” she said. Their concerts are described as “energetic” and “fresh.”
Many of the songs Boob writes are ballads about love lust, love lost and love longing. “I’m always inspired to write songs about community – people coming together and realizing we’re all on the same journey as we go through life. Universal oneness is what it comes down to. It can be a love song about one person or a love song about everyone. I’m inspired by love. I know that sounds cheesy but it’s true.”
Boob was raised in Pennsylvania at Penns Valley near State College. “We lived in the country and didn’t have television. My mother was a singer in the church choir. I grew up around a lot of country music. Dolly Parton was my go-to gal when I was young. I remember seeing this video of her in the early 1980s. I’ve been drawn to music ever since.” Among her other strong musical influences are Bonnie Raitt, the Lumineers and the Avett Brothers.
"Building on the success of last season, we have a great series planned for 2016-2017,” said Kevin Connelly, Deane Center executive director. "Talking to our patrons and finding out what they enjoy has allowed us to assemble a great mix of artists, locals Sadie Green Sales and Drowsy Maggie and regional acts including Nick Kody, Milkweed and the Black Mountain Symphony. It all starts with Sundown Sally on Aug. 26.:"
Because the series is BYOB, concertgoers are encouraged to bring their own favorite beverages and snacks. Popcorn and bottled water are always available.
Admission is $12. For tickets or to reserve a table for four or more, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.