Sarah & the Tall Boys

Sarah & the Tall Boys


Just some good old fashion American music.


Sarah Potenza, born in 1980 in Providence, Rhode Island, spent much of her youth fascinated with the voices of Blues & Country musicians like Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, and Greg Allman.
In the late 90's Sarah attended Rhode Island College for a BA in Music. There, she studied Musical Theatre, Violin and Vocal Performance. It was not until 2002 that Potenza began to perform her own music. As a solo act she began honing her skills at a local bar called "The Custom House Tavern"
In 2003, Sarah moved to Chicago to persue her love of blues music. Potenza performed as a solo artist at some of Chicago's premiere venues such as House of Blues, The Metro, and the Double Door. In 2005 she met fellow musician Dan Orduff and together they began to form "The Sarah Potenza Band". In 2006 Sarah's original song The Eastside, was accepted on to Acoustic Chicago, a compilation of the cities top artists.
Since the release of Acoustic Chicago in 2007, Potenza has been putting together a new band, Sarah & the Tall Boys. The band includes her long time guitar player, Dan Orduff, her husband, Ian Crossman, and world-class blues drummer, David Sims.
In 2008 Sarah & the Tall Boys recorded their first album, Shiny & New. It is a self-released collection of original Americana. Since its release "Shiny & New" has received rave reviews from Time Out Chicago, The Reader, Red Eye, and Chicago Tribune. Sarah & the Tall Boys have been featured on internationally broadcast TV station WGN9, and Chicago radio stations 93WXRT, & WDCB 90.9. Playing shows such as The Taste of Chicago, Old Town School's Folk & Roots festival, Glenwood Arts Fest, Estrojam, House of Blues, Morse Theatre and many more, including a few shows on the east coast with great reviews from the Providence Journal. They have been honored by airplay on radio stations all across Europe in countries such as Poland, Italy, England, France, & Croatia. Most Saturday nights you can catch Sarah & the Tall Boys at The Underground Wonder Bar in downtown Chicago.


"Eastside" single, Acoustic Chicago, stone cutter records 2007
Shiny & New, full album, self released, 2008

Set List

Sarah & the Tall Boys play mostly original music.
Our sets are about 45 min to an hour, but we can do two or three sets.
Our covers include Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Tom Waits, Sade, Bonnie Raitt, Gillian Welch, Emmy Lou Harris, Neko Case, gram know, all the really good stuff!