T Sisters: Show Preview

Oakland's T Sisters mine a vocal tradition that likely dates from the earliest campfire jams: sibling song-making. From first-wave country superstars the Carter Family to bluegrass pioneers the Monroe Brothers, folk music's legendary heroes have often taken advantage of the eerie harmonic convergence that happens when close blood relatives sing together. Combining Dixieland string-picking and the occasional twangy vocal with an ultra-smooth style that draws on old-time swing and boogie-woogie phrasing (think Andrews or Boswell Sisters), Erika, Rachel, and Chloe Tietjen are a force like few others in the contemporary Americana scene. They're also deeply involved in community-building. Along with co-founder Analisa Svehaug, they run a fun theatrical variety show at their Oakland performance space, the Chthonic Theater, which has earned them a loyal local following and the respect of world-class Bay Area musicians, like Linda Tillery and Mike Marshall, both of whom appear on their recently released, crowdfunded debut album, Kindred Lines. T Sisters are also all over the festival circuit, from High Sierra to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Come see sibling rivalry at its best.


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