Formed in 2000, all female band Sweet Potato Pie has been playing Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country music together for more than twenty years, entertaining audiences from R.A. Fountain all the way to the White House (yes that White House). The talented women of Sweet Potato Pie, all from North Carolina, are Sonya Stead (guitar, mandolin), Crystal Richardson (banjo), Katie Springer (fiddle, mandolin, clawhammer banjo), Sandy Whitley (bass), Tori Jones (fiddle, mandolin), and Madeleine Baucom (guitar, mandolin). The group has brought their signature harmonies and energy to RAF twice: August 21, 2010 and June 18, 2011
A unique tidbit about the band is that they are sponsored in part by the North Carolina Sweet Potato Growers. Because of this connection, they use music to promote and teach audiences about agriculture, selling miniature sweet potato pies at nearly every concert according to Our State. Their music has also been featured in North Carolina elementary and high school educational curriculums.
Sweet Potato Pie has released eight albums: Ties that Bind (2004), Patches of Blue (2007), Christmas in Carolina (2008), Nothings the Same (2009), Journey Called Life (2010), Brand New Day (2012), Home Grown Christmas (2012), Once in a Blue Moon (2016), and Bittersweet (2019). Their albums can be purchased here.
“Bio: Sweet Potato Pie.” Sweet Potato Pie, Read it.
Hatley, Sandy. “Sweet Potato Pie Take Bluegrass to the White House.” Bluegrass Today, 11 Dec. 2019, Read it.
Our State, Staff. “The Sweet Potato Band.” Our State, Our State Magazine, Nov. 2012, Read it.