Steady Betty is a 9-piece “all-star…rocksteady band” (Seven Days). The band pays homage to the classic late-1960s sounds of Jamaica. Rocksteady is a danceable, soulful successor to ska, and the roots of the reggae genre. Steady Betty showcases Vermont-based lady musicians — Miriam Bernardo (lead vocal), Linda Bassick (guitar, Mellow Yellow), Caroline O’Connor (bass, Vedora), Emily Ryan (alto sax, Mango Jam), Allison Frazier (bari sax, Shakedown),Zoe Harris (alto sax), Margot Van Horne (trumpet), Rachel Capobianco (vocals, drums). When the moons align, Kat Wright (KW & The Indomitable Should Band) joins us on vocals.
Steady Betty’s Vermont shows have drawn dance-happy capacity crowds and enthusiasm from local press: “a stellar group of Vermont musicians …cool rocksteady tunes” (Brent Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press); “Steady Betty… are quickly rising among the ranks of my favorite local acts” (Dan Bolles, 7Days).