The Sadies' catalog to date is a crazy quilt of nontraditional music. The band's bluethrash debut, 1998's Precious Moments, offered both country twang and a punk attitude and, with musical iconoclast Steve Albini (Nirvana, Bush, PJ Harvey) at the helm, ensured that no one would mistake the Sadies for the Statler Brothers. The next album, Red Dirt, a brilliant collaboration with soul shouter Andre Williams, was an accident -- a session that turned into an entire album because of a freak blizzard that stranded the Sadies and Williams in the studio for a week. The Sadies' most recent album, last year's Pure Diamond Gold, is essentially a pair of short albums jammed together on a single disc, with half of the material recorded on 8-track by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet drummer Don Pyle, the remainder on 24-track by Albini. The songs veer madly between hypertraditional country expressions, surf guitar homages, and experimental mutations of the two with sprinklings of bluegrass and gospel. The Sadies are yet another example of what is generally right about alternative country's hybridization.