Sabra Guzmán has always been drawn to the rawness and DIY stylings of traditional roots music. First honing her musical chops on electric bass during the 1990’s post-punk era with The Nigels, she felt a parallel between these first musical influences and the burgeoning old-time and country music scene
she partook in while living in Portland Oregon in the late 1990s, and the San Francisco Bay Area during the early 2000s. While falling in love with The Carter Family and Lefty Frizzell while DJing a country roots music program at Berkeley’s KALX in 2002, Sabra took up the guitar and became a part of bands like The Mercury Dimes and The Crooked Jades.
Her instrumental and vocal cues are inspired by the likes of Mother Maybelle Carter, The Louvin Brothers, Ray Price, and Jean Shepard. After moving to the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, she co-founded the award winning old-time band Old Sledge with Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show) in 2009, and received a coveted first place blue ribbon for Traditional Old Time Band at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival. Upon deciding to move to Lafayette, Louisiana, in 2015 after having visited for many years, Sabra immediately became involved in the music and art scene of Southwest Louisiana.
Sabra always brings with her a unique approach and high level of musicianship, and is known for her solid guitar and bass skills, her unique vocal style, and her captivating stage presence. She has worked with fellow roots musicians such as Grammy-nominated Cedric Watson, Grammy award-winning Joel Savoy, Riley Baugus, and David Greely. She has been featured nationally and internationally at many prestigious venues and festivals, sharing the stage with artists such as Dale Watson, Devil Makes Three, and Pokey LaFarge.
Currently she is working on solo material with her electric guitar, and while at home in SW Louisiana, fronting her all-star honky tonk band The Get Rights. She also plays bass and provides harmonies while touring with singer-songwriter-country artist Esther Rose (New Orleans), as well as providing bass for The Daiquiri Queens, one of Lafayette’s newest favorite Cajun dance bands.