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News 2013 (includes 13 press releases)
End of 2013 (December 2013)
Dear fans & friends,
The end of the year is almost here and as usual we're looking forward to the NEW one, which will be surely better. After we spend the Holidays with our loved ones, there will be a funny ending of the year in the Czech Republic.
On 27th November we will meet with our fans and fanclubs at the Vysoka farm in Chrastava. We've already got confirmations about fans coming from Slovakia, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland, so the FUN & FAN PARTY will be surely amazing. It will be also a compensation for the annual summer get-together in Sonia's garden, which we didn't hold this year due to the 40th anniversary show in May. We invite all fans of the fanclubs stated above and of course, the Czech fanclub as well.
The next day, on 28th November, there will be the Pre-New Year's Show Party at the Chronos hall in Paseky, Jablonec nad Nisou, which is also the main reason the fanclubs are coming. There will be a special show followed by a party in the country style. Only a few remaining tickets is left, so hurry up, it will be sold out soon!
We'll celebrate the New Year's Eve at the Casino in Ceska Kubice (where we will also try to bet and hopefully each of us wins at least a million Czech crowns!!). Also our German fans are going there to join us at the NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE CASINO.
At the beginning of the year we'll have a week off and then we will start to practise a new show, new songs and work on new videos for 2014!
We wish all our fans a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
We are working on a new website, which will be ready in early 2014.
Final Show of 2013 (December 2013)
In the end of this year we are going to say goodbye to Alice, who decided to follow a different kind of career and we wish her the best of luck and success in running her own business. We are sure to hang our with her at some of our anniversary shows in the future.
Once again we prepared a Pre-New Year's Eve show to celebrate 2013 with our fans. The concert will take place at the same location as last year. We are looking forward to playing for you at the Chronos hall in Jablonec nad Nisou, CZ on 28th December, 2013. Some of our former band members are about to join us and, as usual, you can look forward to our humorous sketches, lots of fun and a good time.
We will let you know about booking tickets as soon as possible.
A few weeks ago we got back from our first (and hopefully not last) cruise. We spent a week on a huge ship with our fans and had lots of fun. We are very thankful to them for that. There was also a wonderful crew and we thank them as well, because the whole week was simply beautiful. It's a pity that not all fans could be there with us, but we hope that next time we will plan another cruise, there will be more of them. We really wish everyone to experience something like this. Italy is a beautiful country, its sights are amazing and when the weather is nice, the trips get really awesome. The shows went really great , the audience was very appreciative and active just the way we like it. We also tried some line dancing and maybe even remembered some of the steps. Just our soundman Pepa didn't want to dance as he prefered to drink at the bar, because it was a very rare situation for him when he didn't have to drive after the show!
The sea was very calm for the entire time, so we didn't have to worry about falling on stage. Just the last night there was a huge storm, but we didn't mind, because it came when the final show was over. At the very end we were jamming with the other bands and had a great time. And drinking shots brought some balance to swinging caused by the storm. So everything was OK.
See you at the next Country Cruise!
The Dannish Tour (November 2013)
We were thrilled to come back to Denmark for a few days. We didn't get there this summer, so we were glad to play there in the autumn. We got together with our Dannish fanclub in Randers, whose fans we haven't enjoyed much lately, because we didn't hold a fanclub reunion in SOnia's garden this year (due to the 40th Anniversary Galla Show in May). That's why we were happy to meet them in Randers and we hope to see them again at the Pre-New Year's Eve show in Jablonec on 28th December, 2013, so we can celebrate the end of 2013 with them as well.
New DVD - 40 Years of the Country Sisters (November 2013)
The new DVD is finally out! We were planning to release it at the anniversary concert in May, but then we had to postpone it due to some technical reasons. Good news is that it's finally here!
You can order it in our E-SHOP or you can directly contact Sonia Kocianová. It's very well done and you'll certainly enjoy it. If some of you have known our band for a few decades, you couldn't dream of a better way to review our band's history.
Important Notice !!! (October 2013)
Due to an unfortunate breakdown of our PC and loss of important data a few days ago, we would like to ask everybody who hasn't received a response to their email to contact our management at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also ask those who have sent us photos or other attachments to send it to us again. Thank you for understanding.
New DVD: "40 Years of the Country Sisters" is here! (September 2013)
We released a brand new DVD to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band. The collection is titled "40 Years of the Country Sisters" and it consists of 2 disc. The first DVD - "On Stage" - captures live performances from the past 40 years. It wasn't possible to feature all footage that we have, but we selected 20 best videos that characterize the direction of the band and also demonstrates the variety of our band members.
The second disc - "On The Road" - offers special views behind the scenes and you'll be able to experience the atmosphere off stage. We've had a lot of fun over the past four decades and you can see some of it on the DVD. We put the videos in a chronological order and there is a background song for each period.
Please excuse the quality of some shots. We wanted to share very rare videos with you and we also used some very old footage from amateur cameras. We hope that you will enjoy the exclusive insights in the band's history!
The 40th Anniversary Concert Is History (May 2013)
The show that we had been working on for a couple of months is now history. We were looking forward to it for a long time and at the same time we were worried that something would go wrong. But fortunately nobody lost their voice and everything went fine. We hope that everybody enjoyed it, both the guests and performers. We wish it will be unforgettable history.
For those who were unable to attend, we would like to describe the atmosphere a little. The concert started off with a humorous sketch, which was meant to show the audience that it would be all about having fun. We tried to review the 40 years of the band's existence in an amusing way.
We wanted to entertain the fans and at the same time comfort the former band members, because
some of them had been absent from performing for many years.
First the current Country Sisters line up played a couple of songs and then there was a kind of a marathon of 10 past members, who performed songs they had been playing in the Country Sisters in the past. All the former band members were wonderful and they all still sound great. They didn't even seem to be shy, maybe just for a little while when they saw a historical footage of their performance with the Country Sisters on a big screen.
In between the guest performances the Country Sisters played some new songs and the whole show was acompanied by the dance group Caramelka from Prague.
In the end of the concert fans from all over Europe came up to the stage and presented the Country Sisters with their special gifts.
There also a special guest - Allan Mikusek from Slovakia - who played several of his own hits and then invited all the performers to join him for the final song - "Take Me Home Country Roads" - during which even the audience started singing along.
The very end of the night belonged to Sonia Kocianova, who the fans called out hollering "Sonia on the table!", so she grabbed a guitar, jumped on the table and played her infamous "Dolina".
It was a very special night and the show lasted for full 5 hours.
We have plenty of very good photos that we'll share with you in our photo gallery and within a couple of months there will also be a video from the show, which you'll be able to get on DVD.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band, we are also working on a commemorative DVD that will capture those 40 years of performing. We will let you know when the DVD comes out.
We are also working on a brand new website (it was about time!!), which we will launch sometime during the summer.
See you on the road!!!
Invitation to the 40th Anniversary Party (March 2013)
the Country Sisters celebrate an unbeliavable anniversary of 40 years!
To celebrate this milestone, we are holding a special anniversary concert in our hometown:
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
at Eurocentrum on 4th May, 2013
You can look forward to a number of special guests featuring some of the past band members. You'll find an updated program at our website in April. We'll keep some of the guests as a surprise! There will be additional events, which you'll learn about at our website. Stay tuned and check back for updates!
We will provide more details on the programme of this interesting trip later this year. We are looking forward to it very much, because we have already flown thousands of kilometers, but haven't cruised that many so far!
On the ship there will be lots of great music, line dance lectures, lots of fun and of course, we will visit many beautiful towns and places.
We invite all our fans who want to spend holiday with us to register in time!
We will be distributing leaflets and providing information in our concerts all year long.
New Year Has Come - Something Ends, Something Begins (January 2013)
We all woke up in the new year and surprisingly it didn't even hurt.
The last two shows in Jablonec went great (at least according to praise from people we talked to) and we are lookng forward to the next ones.
Many thanks to our fans for great attendance at the last shows as well as for their continuous support!
As we already announced at the last concert in 2012, our long time guitar player and singer Claire, who has played more than 300 shows with us since 2007 and, is going to leave the band in February.
As we have experienced leavings of girls so many times before, we can only say that we're sorry, but there's no use, it's just a natural part of life that young girls can't play in a professional band forever. Claire plans to settle down and start a family, so we wish her the best of luck. In addition we are looking forward to the new girls, new songs, new friends and fans and lots of fun on the road.
We're going to officially introduce our new band member VERONICA at the Albisguetli Country Festival in Zurich, CH on the 23rd February. At the same time this concert will be Claire's last, so make sure to come to Zurich to say bye to Claire and welcome Veronica.
We wish you the best of luck and a lot of great music in 2013!
Truly yours, the County Sisters
(the new member Veronica)
News 2012 (includes 14 press releases)
Extensive Interview with the Country Sisters (December 2012)
We have prepared a real holiday treat for you! Starting this Monday morning, every day we are going to publish a part of a great interview with the Country Sisters that we did for CountryZone.net earlier this year. Stay tuned and make sure to check our Facebook for a new interview every day until Christmas. We had a lot of fun making it and you'll learn many facts about the Country Sisters you didn't now about :))
We have decided to hold one more concert in 2012! It's going to be a Pre-New Year's show as we did in the past. Come see in at the Mexico restaurant in Jablonecke Paseky, CZ on December 29th. It's going to be a small preparation for the New Year's Eve and you can look forward to a lot of fun as usual.
Reservations: +420 208 477.
A Special Show in Rataje, CZ (November 2012)
We invite all fans and friends to see a special show in Rataje near Bechyně, CZ on 24th November 2012. This is the third time we are going to help our friend Honza Hána celebrate his birthday. This year we are going to shoot a video at the show and need your support! We will also introduce several surprise guests and entertain the crowd with a few sketches. Let's come see us, you won't regret it!
Book tickets here: +420 737 666 633, Honza Hána.
"A New Member" of the Country Sisters (November 2012)
A few days ago a new baby girl was born to our former guitar player Lucy. She quit the band in September last year, got married in Denmark and from now on she's a full-time mum. We wish her the best of luck in her new life role and we hope she will raise a new member for our band – her follower, as until now all our former members had boys.. :-)))
Fanclub Party 2012 (November 2012)
In September we hosted an annual fanclub party in the Country Sisters' garden and at the Country Festival at the Vysoká farm. That many people, a lot more than last year! As we may not fit all our lovely fans in the garden next year, we started expanding it a bit :-)
The weather was great, more than 50 fans from 6 countries (Switzerland, Denmark, France, England, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) were sitting, talking, eating and drinking and, of course, very reasonably, becase we had a show at the Vysoka in the evening which lasted until dawn.We enjoyed this year's party a lot and we are glad we could hang out with our great fans again.
Garden Party with the Country Sisters (August 2012)
The time of our annual all fanclubs get-together has come! Anybody who wants to meet with our band elsewhere than in our concerts has a chance at our garden party at the weekend of 8th-9th September. Since most fans booked their accommodation already on Friday 7th September, we decided to hold the party a little earlier on Saturday morning, so that everybody can catch an attractive and varied programme at the Vysoka Farm, which starts on Saturday afternoon. So after we have a nice party in the garden, we will move to the farm, where we will continue partying in the country style. We invite all members of all fanclubs (who is not a member yet should join ASAP!) to the Country Sistres' Garden Party at 10 am on Saturday 8th September.
Our band have prepared little morning refreshment and a special programme with lots of surprises we can't tell anyone yet. OK, we can reveal one surprise for you. The concert of the Country Sisters won't take place just on Saturday night, but we are also playing on Sunday afternoon. And it's going to be very special with many guests. If you don't to miss it, come see in in all weathers! There are only 50 available seats in the garden!
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO YOU !!!!
Fanclub Party 2012 (July 2012)
As any other year, this late summer will once again belong to our fanclubs and all fans and friends alike.
We are working on a get-together in the Country Sisters Garden.
This party will be held in more pleasant, comfortable and stylish environment. We call all our fanclubs, specifically the Czech-Slovak, Swiss, French and Danish ones to book the weekend of 8th-9th September, 2012.
Not only will our get-together take place that weekend, but also the Country Festival at the Vysoka Farm near Chrastava (CZ) will be held, where we will also play and meet with our fans for sure.
We will try very hard to please all fans as much as possible. This will be our only fanclub event this year, as we decided to move our 40th anniversary celebration to spring 2013.
Country Sisters 40th Anniversary Celebration (July 2012)
Due to both technical and personal reasons we decided to postpone the band celebration to the next year - possibly March or April 2013.
Although the Country Sisters originated at the end of 1972, their first public performance took place in the spring of 1973, so having the 40th anniversary celebration in 2013 will be perfect!
Only if the Mayan calendar was right and the end of the world would come in December, we might get in trouble, otherwise we will see you at the anniversary concert next year!
The Faroe Islands (July 2012)
We raced into the summer time on our way to the Faroe Islands, where we played two amazing concerts.
An incredibly interesting place, hard to describe to anyone who hasn't been there. Something between Greenland, Norway, Central Africa and New Zealand.
We hope to have impressed the country music fans over there and we truly hope the weather won't be that bad the next time we get there. When we were about to go home, there was an extremely strong wind, we couldn't see a thing, it was heavily raining and our flight still wasn't cancelled, because as we learned, this type of weather is pretty common on the Faroe Islands.
Our poor little fiddle player, who was on a plane for the first time in her life, didn't say a word the whole journey and I think that for a while she also forgot all those 50 beautiful fiddle solos she learned in past months. A long time after we landed she still didn't smile and I am not sure if she will ever want to travel with us again... :-)
Country Music Cruise 2013 (July 2012)
We're getting ready for a very special event for all country music fans and especially for those who would like to spend holiday with the Country Sisters!
Really attractive holiday on a luxurious ship MS Berlin from 24th to 30th September, 2013.
The cruise starts in Genova, Italy and leads along the Italian coast to Malta and back!
We will provide more details on the programme of this interesting trip later this year. We are looking forward to it very much, because we have already flown thousands of kilometers, but haven't cruised that many so far!
On the ship there will be lots of great music, line dance lectures, lots of fun and of course, we will visit many beautiful towns and places.
We invite all our fans who want to spend holiday with us to register in time!
We will be distributing leaflets and providing information in our concerts all year long.
Making New Music Video – Country Club Bazina, Frantiskovy Lazne (CZ) (May 2012)
As every year, we gladly accepted an invitation to play at the Country Club Bazina in Frantiskovy Lazne. This year's concert was rather different, because we realized that the environment of the club was a perfect location to shoot our brand new video. Many of our fans were happy to join in and especially members of our Czech-Slovak fanclub as well as a number of friends from all over the country.
We made our new video, which is a cover of Rednex's "Riding Alone", during our show and the audience was having lots of fun and they were greatly co-operating. Many friends appear in the video. Some portions of the video also capture cowboy exhibition which annualy accompanies our concert and we hope you'll like our selection.
We'll reveal one more thing: we're going to tape more music videos at our shows during this season at various parts of Europe. As you may have already noticed on Facebook, we starting posting "tour video journals" to entertain our fans and show how much fun we have on tours.
"Riding Alone" (2012)
The First Tour In The New Line-up (March 2012)
In early March we traveled to the beautiful Swiss Alps, where we spent over a week. We were doing shows every day, which was exactly what we needed: to play, play, practise and play, practise and play all over again. It was really great for working on the details and making the new show perfect. After the 5-day marathon we have wonderful memories from the stage, backstage and skiing. Matterhorn was brightly shining and so were we after the week of work. We also recorded a couple of our concerts, listened to it carefully analyzed it and together came to the conclusing (including our soundman Pepa) that we managed it alright and the new line-up is ready to be giving joy to our fans.
We should also mention that the band members who left the band last year are in good hands of their husbands and partners. They haven't even left the world of music and they will be certainly successful somewhere else with another musicians. It was their decision and we wish them nothing but good luck. Life's change and our band is its shining proof. Every single change brings something new, beautiful, interesting and it has always brought us new encouragement, improvement and new energy.
So let's not be afraid and go for it!!!
Starting Out In 2012 (March 2012)
We raced into the new year the way we have never before. Starting a new season with three new band members, which is a half of the band, learning new songs, a new show, making new promo pics and posters, making new costumes, teaching the new girls to smile on the stage, doing the show while singing and playing instumental solos... well, the past three months have been pretty busy! Fortunately, the new girls are no beginners. However, our show is different, more difficult to dance and play.
But everything has been set up, practiced, printed out, sewed and now let's get ready on the road! We played our first gig with the new line-up and and I think we can honestly say that it wasn't bad at all. Nobody messed up, and everything went the way it was supposed to. Of course, we have to keep practising a lot, but for the first show, with a little stage fright and worries, it was good!
We would like to thank our fans for the great feeling, because they have been supporting us and also many thanks to everybody who believed in us and wished us the best. There were a lot more people who believed than those who didn't and some didn't even wish we would succeed.
A new season, here we come!
News 2011 (includes 20 press releases)
PF 2012 (December 2011)
The end of the year is here and we would like to wish our fans the following:
- really good health
- strength to fulfill all of your resolutions and plans
- good luck in everything you do
- lots of great music (especially country music)
- sea of love
- a good job (or at least any job)
- and also some money (a million should be enough)
We look forward to seeing you at some of your shows in 2012. You will see a brand new line-up and a brand new repertoire, too.
Once again, all the best in 2012 to all our fans and friends and all country music fans as well.
Concert In Koberovy 2011 (December 2011)
The end of 2011 is coming and our band has decided to try a very unusual experiment. Next year we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary and since we are still unable to confirm a specific date of the special event (initially it was planned for April but we got booked for a long exotic tour which wasn't possible to turn down) and thus we may be forced to reschedule the concert to the fall of 2012, we decided to hold a special rehearsal show before 2011 ends. Our Pre-New Year's Eve show in Koberovy near Zelezny Brod, Czech Republic on 29th December was a perfect fit. The program that we're planning will be very varied and unusual.
You will see both the old and new line-ups, past and upcoming band members will take turns on one stage and the audience will be the jury. You can look forward to interesting guests, gifts, farewell & welcome and, of course, lots of fun which just belongs to our show. I think the fans will be very really satisfied and they will look forward to the 2012 anniversary concert even more.
If the international fans also want to participate, we would like to invite them to the pension Ayky in Jablonec nad Nisou, where we're going to meet those who didn't come to the fan club reunion in the summer. All our Czech fans are also invited, of course. Accommodation at Ayky is available even for the New Year's Even, you only need to make your reservation in time. The get-togother will take place either the day before the concert (28th December) or the day after (30th December).
We're looking forward to seeing you! Sonia, Klara, Alena, Alice, Andrea, Marketa, Linda, Andrea II, Wendy and many other guests at the KD KOBEROVY near Zelezny Brod, Czech Republic on Thursday 29th December, 2011 at 8 pm.
Country Sisters 2012 (November 2011)
We've been very fortunate to have great players and singers in the band, both old and new. Andrea, who left in July, and Lucy, who left in September, were both great professionals, as well as Linda, who is leaving at the end of this year. As usual when there's a change in the band, we're both sad and happy. We're sad to say goodbye and miss the girls we played with in some many places and traveled with thousands of kilometers. We're happy to introduce the new girls and we look forward to brand new experiences and fun. We already introduced Alice, a new guitar player, and this weekend it was the very first show with Andy, our new keyboard player. At some shows during our Christmas tour you may see Marketa, a new fiddle player, who is learning from Linda and can't wait to fully join the band in January. Come see us and say goodbye to Linda, we're going to have a lot of fun before she finally leaves! In January we're going to practise very hard to start the 2012 season with another perfect line-up and new songs. See you on the road!
LINE-UP FOR 2012
New Band Members (September 2011)
Of course, departures of band members are always associated with introducing new ones. Those are the nice moments. The fans can be sure they won't be disappointed. They can look forward to new faces, fresh blood, new songs and a lot of new experiences. That's life and primarily it's very natural in all-female bands. Girls don't remain girls forever (well, apart from Sonia, she does....). But the other girls can easily fix the low average age in the band, especially the new fiddle player who is barely 15, but can play as she was twice as older. We also got a new keyboards player who is AWESOME. We are going to test the new girls during the autumn, they will practise very hard and next year we will introduce the brand new line-up of the Country Sisters.
In the winter we will relax, recharge our batteries, practise will the new girls, practise new songs and will get ready for the great celebrations in 2012. At the point we hope the celebration won't be spoiled by any senseless demands or law suits. We are very much looking forward to you in the next season!
Leaving, leaving... (September 2011)
Unfortunately we have some news that won't make fans happy and that's a departure of one of our long-time members. In September guitar player Lucy left the band after 9 years. Recently she got married and moved to Denmark and couldn't manage getting to our concerts from such a long distance. She is a very talented girl and we are sure she will play with some other band one day and will make music somewhere else or maybe even a little different type of music. We wish her good luck and hope she will stay in touch with us as many of our ex-members.
Fanclubs Reunion (September 2011)
We need to thank all our fans for a wonderful weekend 27.-28. August 2001. We were looking forward to our fans very much as we hadn't seen many of them for a long time. We weren't disappointed, all of the fans came in and we even fit in Sonia's garden. There was over 50 of us and Sonia knew why she had undergone a huge garden reconstruction (we think she will rent a football stadium for the next year). Even the weather was nice, even though after we moved to the Vysoka farm, it started raining and the concert had to be transfered under the roof. Satisfaction came the next day – the weather was beautiful and everyone was happy. Even the concert was special. We played the entire show with 7 members. Wendy played with us after a couple of years of a motherhood break and we found out she didn't forget a thing.We want to thank her not only for the concert but for the whole event that she helped organize. See you next year!!!
Praise The Summer (September 2011)
The summer has unfortunately passed but we can nothing but praise it. The weather wasn't the best, though, but we managed to perform all the gigs without any problems, although it seemed we wouldn't have at the beginning of the summer. We've got to admit we weren't sure whether we would arrive anywhere in time, because our old car decided it was its time to retire. We we forced to use our charm, contact the mercedes company and get a brand new Sprinter. We tested the new car very hard as we went 3,000 km during its very first trip. What a poor little car... During the same time there was an exchange in our line-up and we had a great number of concerts in various parts of Europe. Honestly it is quite unusual for us to travel 5,000 km in a week and play 5 shows, it was pretty tough. We may even start our own Guiness' World Record Book.
To sum it up: a band member exchange in the middle of the season, a car exchange in the middle of the season, 5x more shows than usual and thousands kilomeneter more than usual....that's a deadly combination! But everything went eventually OK, so we can say that the summer worked out very well.
Annual Fanclub Party in Sonia's Garden (August 2011)
The annual fanclub get-together will take place in Sonia's garden in Jablonec nad Nisou on Saturday 27th August at 2 pm. All fans are invited! Then the Country Sisters and the fans will transfer to the Vysoka farm for a country festival. Due to an enormous demand a second show has been added, so the Country Sisters will be playing both nights!
Fan Appreciation At The Vysoka Farm (July 2011)
Our annual get together with our fanclub members and other fans will take place at the Vysoka Farm in Chrastava, Czech Rep. on 27-28th August. We invite all our fanclub members (both current and future). The get together will be a part of Wendy’s Country Festival. We will post more info in the beginning of August. Hope to see you all at the Vysoka Farm!
New Band Member (July 2011)
We introduced our new band member Alena in Interlaken. We let her play 3 songs during an outdoor show in front of several hundred people and she did a very good job. It is obvious she is used to playing for many people, there was no stage fright and her beautiful voice surely earned her the first Country Sisters fans. Her success made us sure our choice was great.
Alena’s first official show will take place in a private show in České Budejovice on 15th July and then in Greaten, Austria on 16th July. We’ll keep our fingers crossed, so everything works out fine. We are sure a lot of fans will share their impressions with us in our guestbook.
Farewell (July 2011)
Andrea is playing her very last show on 9th July. We are very sad about it, but there’s nothing we can do. Hopefully she’ll enjoy her final concert without tears (and so will we). We hope to get to play with her again in the future… unless she gets eaten by a lion in Africa. :-)))
Summer Festivals (July 2011)
A couple of days ago summer weather caught us ready and eager to beautiful summer fests. The first few festivals went really great. We’ve been to Sweden for the very first time and hope to get there back soon. A beautiful western-style village surprised us by its vast area, just the weather wasn’t very nice. We hope the weather will be better next time we get there (or is it usual to be that cold in the North in the summer?).
Our favorite festival in Interlaken followed and it was SUPER as usual. Great shows, great audiences, great place and great weather. The Trucker Festival is wonderful every year and this time we also enjoyed the concerts of Lorrie Morgan, Carlene Carter, Raul Malo and Heidi Newfield. Since we were opening Friday’s big night and closing Saturday’s big night, we had plenty of time to really enjoy the concerts of our peers. The outdoor shows were also really wonderful in a different way. A close touch with the fans was very pleasant and irreplaceable (check out pictures HERE).
The next festival we played was the Country Piknik in Poland. We went there for the first time and also hope to get there again in the future. It seemed that the Country Sisters caught the attention of the Polish country music fans, too, and that’s good. As we know country music is very popular in Poland and we look forward to coming back.
The Change (June 2011)
Two unpleasant news came right with New Year and therefore the following information won’t make some of our fans happy. Nothing lasts forever and personal changes in the band are very common. Andrea is going to leave the band very soon as she decided to trade European stages for African wildlife and help her sister Veronika build a school for African orphans. We wish her the best of luck! Consequently, of course, we had to find a new band member. After a very long search we reached a decision that we finally found the right one. A new girl in the band will be introduced in July. We are looking forward to the reactions of our fans and we are sure she is going to win their hearts right away. Keep your fingers crossed for us, so everything about the line up change in the midde of the touring season works out smoothly.
Czech Concerts (June 2011)
It’s starting to feel like a tradition that we play the very same places in the Czech Republic year after year. We are used to this abroad – we have played at some of the festivals 10x and some of the venues have welcomed us even 15x (well, to be honest, Sonia has played there so many times) a we still come back upon requests of our fans. The Saloon Bazina in Frantiskovy Lazne belongs to this list as well, where we have been lucky to entertain the audience and meet with our fans (and especially the members of our Czech-Slovak Fanclub) several years in a row. Next year we are getting back with a special show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band.
Return To Scandinavia (June 2011)
This year we will tour Norway again and we will also play in Sweden for the very first time. The concert takes place is a western city of High Chaparral on 17th June, 2011. The Swedish gig extends the number of the countries we have played in to 30! At this point we are not going to comment on the gigs which are still being negotiated, but all we ca say is that we’ll also get to play at some exotic destinations, too.
Reunion With The Fans (June 2011)
We're also working on an annual get-together with fans and friends in Jablonec. Last year the event took place at Wendy’s farm in Chrastava, Sonia’s garden and Pension Ayky in Jablonec the first weekend in October. Our fans met with us in all these locations and promised to meet with us again. Since the weather wasn’t very satisfying last time, we are planning a little different event this year. We’ll let you know when the plan progress.
Wishers And Plans For 2011 (January 2011)
What do we wish in the new year? Well, of course the same as everybody else! We wish good luck, good health and also lots of love, lots of great music as well as lots of wonderful concerts with our band to all our fans. The Country Sisters will be trying to keep on delivering great shows with our own blood and sweat. And what’s the plan for the next year?? To keep on playing!! We hope to keep on playing with this line-up as long as possible and if whatever happens, we hope to find amazing new band members and when we don’t find them, we hope the "old" members will stay. We plan to stay together for a long time, because we have big plans for 2012, when the band will celebrate the incredible 40th anniversary!! We are planning really really REALLY big show to celebrate it! We’re not going to reveal anything for now, but you’ll learn details about this upcoming project later. As the preparations will involve a lot of time and effort, the key organizer, Sonia, will appreciate any help with organizing, collecting data about the band’s rich history, press releases and lots of other interesting stuff about the today’s band as well as the historic aboud Jizerska Protez. We all have something to look forward to!
Svijany Beer Fest (January 2011)
Unexpectedly, in the middle of the summer, we were invited to play at the Svijany Beer Fest. We agreed, because not only were we available, but it was also a challenge to try to attract the Czech audience at an event like this. In spite of worries about the bad weather (the sound system wasn’t covered and our wireless microphones wouldn’t survive heavy rain), the organizers ensured us it wasn’t going to rain. We went for it, but we shouldn’t have. After a short rehersal it was obvious it was going to rain, which started right after the third song and we had to immediately wrap it up. The audience was screaming and trying to make us go on, which unfortunately wasn’t possible without the sound system. We tried to sing without speakers for a while, but the weather was really bad and we weren’t able to finish the concert to a big disappointment of the audience. We hope to get back to Svijany in 2011 and deliver a full show without rain and have a lots of fun which a beer fest deserves.
Country Sisters in the Czech Republic in 2010 (January 2011)
Surprisingly, even though we are absolutely an unknown band in the Czech Republic, we still can attract attention of all audiences and wherever we come, the fans don’t let us leave unless we promise we will come back. In 2010 we played more gigs in the Czech Republic than in the previous year and we hope there will be even more in 2011. Especially concerts in Hříběci, Rataje, Bažina, Vysoká a Líšný, where we had as much fun as we always have, and we hope to see all our fans in the same places next year again. So, concert promoters and organizers alike, don’t be ashamed and book the Country Sisters, you’re not gonna regret!
Northern Country Delight (January 2011)
This year we finally made to Norway, where were looking forward to getting for years. Eventually we were able to make 3 trips within a month over there! We had always only heard of the beautiful countryside in Norway until we flew to Narvik, where one of the biggest country festivals was taking place to our surprise. Not only was it the biggest festival for the number of spectators, but there was also the largest camp grounds and facilities. Playing behind the Polar Circle as well as the countryside and little towns reminded us our gigs in Greenland a few years ago. It’s true we didn’t get to see any polar bear, just an elk, but we look forward to spotting a polar bear next time. Two weeks after the first shows we made a detour from our Danish tour and went back to Norway, this time to Grimstad in the southern part of Norway and after two more weeks we flew back again and even further than for the first time, because the Alta Country Festival was taking place even further in the north. We made a little trip around beautiful lakes (even with a little swimming in the freezing water, which was a wonderful experience). When we got finally home, we admitted that the triple Norwegian tour was one of the most enjoyable trips of 2010.
News 2010 (includes 8 press releases)
Pre-New Year's Eve Party in Lisny 2010 (November 2010)
The time has come and we invite all our fans to a special anniversary "PRE-NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY" in Lisny (close to Jablonec nad Nisou) on 29th December. As usual you can look forward to having a good time, lots of fun and many surprises. For tickets email Sonia Kocianova.
Annual Fanclub Get-Together (September 2010)
A year has passed since our last get-together with the fans at the Vysoka Farm in Chrastava and as we promised, we're going to meet again! We invite all fans of all fanclubs to another get-together at the Vysoka Farm on the first weekend in October.
On Friday night of 1/10 there is a welcome party at the AYKY pension in Jablonec nad Nisou.
On Saturday afternoon (at around 2 pm) Sonia is holding a garden party at her house and everybody will have to drink a shot of whiskey to the band's good heatlh!
In the evening at 8 pm there is a Country Sisters show at the Vysoka Farm in Chrastava, which is going to be absolutely exceptional, unusual and special! We're going to please the fans who have seen us some twenty times or more...
There is free admission to the show and we will be collecting funds for Chrastava, which was heavily damaged by recent floods.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
THE COUNTRY SISTERS
We are helping abandoned orphans in Africa - join in! (July 2010)
We are taking part in a project helping abandoned orphans in Africa. By purchasing our new poster you will contribute to orphans' food, water, clothing, medical aid and education. All proceeds of the poster sales will get to the orphans. Posters priced 10 EUR can be purchased in our E-SHOP.
Exclusive photos from the poster photo shoot and additional information on the project can be found on the Whisper website.
A New Album Is Finally Here!!! (March 2010)
Our new CD is finally here! We were already hopeless about it and almost gave up, but our producer eventually woke up and the album, which had been recorded for more than a year, was released after all. We feel very positive about the product - the packing is really beautiful and we hope that the content will be rated by the fans. We are sure that if our fans like the new album, they will let us know about it at our website. The release party of the HOT RIDE album was held at the Albisguetli festival in Zurich on 19th February. The CD can be purchased at all our concerts and it’s also possible to order it online – contact us at email@example.com and the CD will be shipped to you.
Invitation to the CD Release Party (March 2010)
We invite all fans to join us for a special release party of our new CD "Hot Ride", which will take place at the Vysoka Farm in Chrastava on 17th April, 2010. Besides the Country Sisters show you can look forward to line dance lectures and lots of fun!
Getting Together with the Czech Fan Club (March 2010)
We are also looking forward to Easter in Bazina and the Casino in Ceska Kubice. At the country saloon Bazina in Frantiskovy Lazne we annually get together with our Czech fan club. We have a few drinks, celebrate Easter, have some chit-chat and play a show. We’re glad to have you, our Czech fan club! Many thanks to Jitka Wernerova!
And at the Casino in Ceska Kubice nobody seems to care about not winning all the time and after these desperate folks listen to the Country Sisters show, they stop thinking about suicide… :-))
Getting Ready For Denmark (March 2010)
We’re getting ready for the Country Night in Denmark, which has been annualy held in March and our band has never missed it. Our Danish fans are amazing and we are looking forward to seeing them again. There‘s always great atmosphere and the getting-together starts our tour season.
Happy News (March 2010)
We were surprised by several happy events – shortly before 2009 ended, our former member Susan had twins – boys, who were born in Canada. We congratulate her on such a wonderful delivery and wish the boys to be healthy and beautiful as their Mom. It’s true, however, that she could have pleased us with at least one girl, who would sing as greatly as her Mom and our band would have had bright future. Next time, Susan!
Another great news arrived in January, when Wendy pleased us with her delivery – just one for now – a boy named Jakub, but she promised to get us a girl in our band next time. Wendy, congratulations and please try harder next time! We really need new girls in our band, so that Sonia can finally retire :-)))
News 2009 (includes 18 press releases)
Beautiful Gatherings (December 2009)
We managed to visit some of our fans in their homes, of course upon their invitation. We already know some homes of our Danish friends pretty well. Every year we get invited to a garden birthday party at Doris‘, we have an annual grill party at Klaus‘, in Switzerland we visited homes of our friends Gusti, Francizsca and Martin, and this time even our French fanclub surprised us with an invitation. Isabela prepared a wonderful getting together at her place, and Patrick and Ghislaine invited us to stay overnight in their beautiful house in incredibly beautiful mountains. Both unforgettable. Many thanks!
Music News (December 2009)
A couple of months ago we promised to add some new musical instruments and he it goes – Andrea got new portable keyboards, so she can jump around while playing, Klara got a sax, which she is going show off soon, Lucka is practising banjo, which she already performed with and surely she is going to play it more often in the future. We also learned a few new songs and we are working on some more, which you will see and hear live very soon. We look forward to it!
Holiday with the Country Sisters (December 2009)
This past summer after long discussions we finally decided to take some time off and go on holiday in the middle of the touring season, which is normally almost impossible. We usually go on holiday in January and November. For those who don’t ski it’s a real nightmare to find a few free days to spend with their family in summer. This year we managed to find a few days between two gigs in July and spend some time by the sea in France. It was amazing and we didn’t even get too much sunburn – just our sound engineer Pepa got even a little darker and the rest of us enjoyed the sea and the sun(we added some photos in the no comment gallery) and got fresh energy for the next year. How about inviting some fans to our holiday next year? Or maybe some fans can invite us to go with them?? Maybe on a cruise in the Carribean... two, three will do... :o))
Getting Together with the Fans at the Vysoka Farm in September (December 2009)
A couple of months ago we agreed on an idea to add getting togethers with friends and fans as an annual event in our calendar. The latest event at the Vysoa Farm in September was extremely successful and we welcomed many fans from all parts of the Czech Republic as well as our dear fans from other European countries. We had fun, a lot of great music, food and drinks, and we even had to work when moving the statue of the Country Sisters to Sonia’s garden for everybody to look at. I think, Wendy, you can count with lots of fun with the Country Sisters and country music at he farm in future years.
Pre-New Year's Party in Lisny (November 2009)
We invite all fans to our pre-New Year's party in Lisny (close to Jablonec nad Nisou) on 29th December. If you come up in costumes, you can win our DVD. Don't worry, we promise you won't look like fools alone as we will prepare special costumes as well ;)
All Fanclub Getting Together at the Farm Vysoka (September 2009)
We invite all our fans to a special meeting at the Vysoka Farm in Chrastava on 26th September, 2009. Come on in and have a great time with country music and the fanclub members from all around Europe. Of course, you can look forward to the members of the Country Sisters and their friends. We can't wait to meet you again, this time not on the stage, but around a table... Your Country Sisters.
A New Band Member (August 2009)
Summer time is here again and we owe our fans a lot of information from the background of the band. Somebody calls it gossip, somebody calls it hot news, it’s up to you to choose - everything is true :-)
We started the beginning of the year with a new band member, as it happened several times in the few past years already. Our new member, Andrea, is no beginner after all. She played in a couple of bands before, she won a few talent shows and in the last TV show, the X-Factor, she made it to a semifinal, where we spotted her and got her to the Country Sisters. She has been singing and playing keyboards with us for the first year and she already fit in the band very well. Not only with her personality, but also with her singing. Our band got an exceptionally beautiful vocal.
Country Babies (August 2009)
Simultaneously with the arrival of a new member another one left. But leaving from our band is usually a happy event and that was the case of Wendy, who told us some exciting news and we all look forward to a brand new singer that she is going to raise for us.
To make things even better, we got the very same happy news from faraway Canada from our former member Susan, who is also expecting and she’s going to have twins! Now we should pray not to the same thing happen to some of us in the middle of the tour season!
News In The Band (August 2009)
In March everything was in the running with Andrea – a beautiful tour in Denmark – the Country Night, which already became an annual tradition.
Since we would like to prepare something new in our show for the fans more often, we decided to add a few more musical instruments. This year we’re going to play with three more instruments, but we’re not going to reveal which ones and who’s going to play them so far. We can only say that some of the member are practising very hard (wait a minute, just some of them?!).
We have prepared new promo materials, photos and posters, but we are still unsuccessful with releasing of our new CD. Too many problems occured at the same time and unfortunately blocked the release. The album is already finished, it’s just about to be put out. We hope to be able to release it soon. On this occasion we would like to thank to the Harley Davidson club in Jablonec nad Nisou, which provided us with bikes for the photo shoot. It was gorgeous, especially the final ride!
Summer Tour (August 2009)
In June we played at the Trucker Festival in Interlaken again. It’s hard to describe to those who don’t know this festival. Beautiful surroundings, the right atmosphere, overcrowded main tent, thousands of bikes, people, trucks and the weather – just beautiful!!! We played four unforgettable shows there.
A Visit to France (February 2009)
On 18th October, right after the concert in Spreitenbach we were invited by our French fanclub to spend an evening with them in a fine club near Basel. Our amazing fans pleased us a lot that beautiful night, we had a great time and we thank them so much. We wouldn’t mind if these get-togethers became a tradition at all! We can’t wait to invite them in Jablonec next time.
A New DVD (February 2009)
Our new DVD, which was taped live at the 35th anniversary show in Jablonec nad Nisou, is finally out! We tried to capture the atmosphere as much as we could, but the show was so icredibly long that hardly a half of it fit on the disc. Anyway we hope the new DVD will please many fans in a great way. A live show is just a live show and when you play for 4 hours under a lot of pressure, not everything works just fine. Therefore we added a special music video as a bonus for you to see how vocals recorded in a studio sound.
So, dear fans, please buy our latest DVD and stay tuned for the upcoming CD, which has been completed and wil be released soon.
September Gigs (February 2009)
The September shows were also marvelous, especially those two in the Czech Republic: Most and As. We got surprised by the fans at both shows and some of them even arrived from France to see us in As. We want to thank them and in particular Isabelle, who is so great!!! Additionally we thank Jitka, who maintains the Czech fanclub website, she resides in As and she is also so great!!! Just about everybody from As makes up an incredible audience even though they we were all freezing (just as we were), they stayed and were awesome.
In September we were in Scotland, which surprised us with terrible cold. We were freezing in our apartments, on stage, backstage, on the roud, on the ferry… just about everywhere and this afwul weather also proved to have an effect on our singers who got pretty cold. Next tour in Scotland in summer only! And we also must‘t forget to exchange Scottish pounds for British pounds!
The 2000th Show (February 2009)
We have got to brag about something: in Randers our band celebrated another expected milestone – the 2000th show!!! We celebrated this special concert quite an unusual way – we dressed in somewhat peculiar costumes, which seemed to be very amusing for the fans, because when they showed up the other day again, they were apparently looking forward to our special costumes.
August Gigs (February 2009)
Another surprise came in August – our tour in Denmark failed a little. We had been used to performing some 10 shows over there but this time the tour was shortened to just 3 concerts. We were really sorry and we hope our new agency will do better next time. However, our fans in Randers recompensed our disappointment when they provided us with a totally packed audience and amazing atmosphere for both shows.
July Gigs (February 2009)
There were two surprises ahead of us in July. A beautiful show in Slovakia – thank you for wonderful letters. We received a gorgious present to our 35th anniversary. A Jablonec-based painter and sculptor, Jiri Massa Bim, sculpted a lifesize statue of the Country Sisters. Two band members have been immortalized this way and we want to thank for this precious gift.
In July our Swiss fanclub invited us all to a special grill party in the mountains, where we wouldn’t dare get by ourselves. We spent a great evening with our fans and it was an unforgettable moment for us, thank you for inviting us!
Weddings in the Band (February 2009)
As we already indicated in April, we celebrated two weddings in the band. It was quite an interesting experience for us. It was the first wedding for the involved brides and bridegrooms and they hope it was the last one, too. A few photos will portray the wedding atmosphere for you.
Website update (February 2009)
Our new website is almost ready even though it has taken a lot more time than we had thought, but we hope the delay was worthy. We have been trying as hard as we could to show our listeners more about our belowed work and would love them to enjoy the website. We added a special counter that enables us to see where our visitors come from and we found that some of them are from quite exotic countries. The latest check showed that most visitors come from Denmark (thanks fans, you rock!!!), the Czech Republic, Switzerland and another 22 countries such as Mexico, Trinidad, South Korea and Argentina. It would be cool if all the visitors posted a message. We would be more than happy to respond.