The Stolen Sweets formed in 2004 with the intention of reviving the songs of 1930s sister act, The Boswell Sisters. Comprised of vocalists Jen Bernard, Lara Michell and Erin Sutherland, guitarists Pete Krebs and David Langenes (both of whom sing) and double bass player Keith Brush, The Sweets' repertoire has expanded to include material from the 1920s -1940s. Their arrangements are still inspired by the Boswells' tight 3-part harmonies, frequent tempo changes and knowing shrugs and raised eyebrows, as noted by the Oregonian's A&E.
Unlike the original Boswell arrangements that featured piano, clarinet, and horns, the Sweets incorporate gypsy jazz accompani- ment, reminiscent of Django Reinhardt.
The Boswell Sisters were popular harmony singers in the late 20s and early 30s, keeping company with the likes of the Dorsey Brothers, Bunny Berigan, Eddie Lang, and Benny Goodman -- partnerships that provided the jazz world with some of its most influential recordings.
The nature of the music was auspicious and good-humored, providing a ray of hope to listeners during a truly dispiriting economic depression.
The Sweets recently returned from their second jaunt to New Orleans where they shared the stage with their dear friends, The Pfister Sisters. In 2007, The Sweets were fortunate enough to headline the Boswell Sisters Centennial commemorating the birth of the most famous Boswell Sister, Connee, born in 1907. They hope to return to New Orleans every year to continue the celebration.