A decade ago, The Bittersweets looked like that elusive band, “destined for stardom,” as the East Bay Express wrote at the time. They were on a major radio station in San Francisco before playing their first show. Their two records were nearly universally praised by critics, and they spent the next several years on the road, playing upwards of 200 shows a year and opening for acts such as Cowboy Junkies, CAKE, Rosanne Cash, Buddy Miller, and Emmylou Harris. Numerous songs were placed in network and cable TV shows.
After a significant hiatus to start a family, friend and producer Greg Bieck (Hall & Oates, Christina Aguilera) convinced them to get into his studio to put the new songs to tape. Joined by John Jackson (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams) on guitar, Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin) on bass, Ken Lewis (The Civil Wars, Lorde) on drums, and longtime collaborator Jason Goforth (Over the Rhine, John Paul White), they spent a week in the studio, creating what would turn out to be their finest record to date. The new music will trickle out to streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and YouTube over 2018 and 2019 via Compass Records. For more information, visit www.thebittersweets.com
“In an age of bombast and aggressive posturing, the Bittersweets prefer melody and nuance, coming across like a Fleetwood Mac for modern times.”
- Nashville Scene
"Singer Hannah Prater has a delicious knack for simultaneously rocking out and whispering in our ears."
- Boston Globe
"Singer Hannah Prater and guitarist/songwriter Chris Meyers have the kind of chemistry that country rock legends are made of."
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"What an amazing band. They give me hope for the future."
- Rosanne Cash
"Goodnight, San Francisco is a melancholy beauty, built from melody and poetry."
- Peter Cooper, The Tennessean
“There is so much to admire on this record -- smart songs, memorable melodies and a vocal delivery that draws you in no matter how many times you listen. “
"Clearly destined for stardom."
- East Bay Express (San Francisco)