"Had Johnny Cash and Bonnie Raitt shared DNA, the result would be Sarah Potenza."-Kansas City Blues Society
Specializing in original country/soul, Sarah Potenza & The Tall Boys is a Nashville-based Americana band.
In 2008, Sarah Potenza & The Tall Boys released their debut album, "Shiny & New", a powerful collection of original songs that drew attention from venues and festival producers nationwide. Within that year, the band was performing at festivals and sharing bills with acts like Joss Stone, Bonnie Raitt and the legendary Stevie Wonder. In 2010, the group released its second full-length album, "A Lifetime Worth of Sin". A collection of Americana music, derived from blues, bluegrass, and alternative-country, all songs were written and produced by Sarah and the band, with the exception of one cover of Lucinda Williams. This CD features a talented list of notable guest musicians from such groups as The Hen House Prowlers, The Hoyle Brothers, and The Congregation. To capture a warmer and more authentic sound, the entire album was recorded on two inch analogue tape with a Studer track tape machine at Strobe Recording Studio in Humbolt Park, Chicago.
Since the release of "A Lifetime Worth of Sin", the album has reached #17 on the Freeform American Roots Radio Charts. Sarah & The Tall Boys have been touring nationally, playing an average of over 200 shows a year. The group has performed at legendary venues such as The Continental Club, Rodeo Bar, Knuckleheads, Chickie Wah Wah, Zoo Bar, and the Hideout. Nate Dow, of the Boston Herald, remarks, "It has been said that Lucinda Williams can blow the chrome off her streamline trailer. If that's true, Potenza can blow the trailer right out of the lot."
Sarah Potenza & The Tall Boys have played for inmates at both the Cook Country Department of Corrections and the Dwight Women's Correctional Facility. Last summer the group was invited to perform on the main stage at the annual Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninnigret Park in Charlestown, RI on Labor Day Weekend with world-renowned musicians Steve Earle, Delbert McClinton, and Richard Thompson. The group was a huge hit with record high album sales for this festival. This year Sarah Potenza & the Tall Boys were invited back to the Rhythm & Roots festival, Grey Fox Festival and earned a spot performing at Strawberry Music Festival in California with Allison Kruse and Robert Earl Keen. They are the only band to ever perform all 4 stages at the Strawberry festival.
Sarah Potenza & the Tall Boys have shared bills with Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert Mclinton, Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, Marcia Ball, Raul Malo, 7 Walkers, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Alejandro Escovedo, Whitey Morgan & the 78's, Junior Brown, David Alvin, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Reckless Kelly, Tab Benoit, Susan Cowsill, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, and Robert Earl Keen, Joan Osborne, Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band, David Bromberg Big Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Donna the Buffalo, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Hot Rize, Del McCoury Band, Davis Grisman, Infamous String Dusters, Punch Brothers, SteelDrivers, Dale Watson, and many, many more.