Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present the Sweetback Sisters Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

This young group of stellar Brooklyn-based musicians performs an incredible array of traditional old-time & honky tonk rock music reminiscent of the 1940s and ’50s. The Sweetback Sisters lineup features the lavish voices of Zara Bode and Emily Miller with an all-star cast of instrumentalists including West Virginian triple threat Jesse Milnes; Stefan “da guns” Amidon on drums; Philadelphia’s Ross Bellenoit on rippin’ Telecaster; and Bridget Kearny on bass. With sold out concerts across the Northeast, a special guest appearance on “A Prairie Home Companion” and the excellent debut album “Chicken Ain’t Chicken,” this group is off to an exciting start.

Like their pseudo-sister role models the Davis Sisters, the Sweetback Sisters sing country songs in close, surrogate-sister harmony and matching dresses. Their repertoire combines several of the Sisters’ passions – country music from before they were born and new interpretations of those traditions – to create a fresh take on what it means to be country. “Chicken Ain’t Chicken” is a sincere ode to the classic styles that inspire the Sweetback Sisters, with an ample dose of their own personality and off-kilter sense of humor.

“Although we’ve definitely taken some modern liberties with the fashion and sounds, we all have a bonafide respect for that era and style of American music. We do tend to rock from time to time, but you never lose that intimacy Emmy and I started it with, the genuine love of singing with one another,” said Bode.

For more information, call 948-7469 or visit unityme.org. Scheduled next at Unity College Centre are returning favorites Girlyman Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.