THE T SISTERS:
The sisters sojourned to LA to record the album in February of 2020, in the nick of time before the pandemic hit. Chloe, the youngest by three minutes, recalls the process with a satisfied sense of nostalgia. “It was the most fun we’ve had recording. The three of us crashed with a friend in the Hollywood hills. We’d have breakfast at the Beachwood Cafe in the morning and then rock Miley Cyrus’s ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ on our way to the recording studio.” Her elder twin Rachel chimes in: “We worked on the record with our good friend Ben Jaffe as producer. Ben brought in so many fresh ideas and talented people. Ben is also hilarious and we laughed our big girl pants off.”
Though the T Sisters have been writing and singing together for a decade, there is a sense of renewal in this album and of having shed some of the expectations and insecurities of the trade. This may be fueled by the aforementioned new phases of life for the T Sisters. Most significantly, last year two of the three sisters became mothers. “I used to think of recording an album as akin to giving birth…now I realize giving birth is a heck of a lot more painful!” remarks Erika who delivered her baby at home in the Oakland artist loft that has been the creative hub of the T Sisters for the past 13 years. Chloe cringes knowingly and pipes in, “um…yea. There’s really no comparison.” Contrary to the labor of…well…labor, Erika recalls, “There was an effortlessness to the recording process which we hope comes through in the music.” Big Girl Pants drives seamlessly through indie-folk, retro soul, jazz and even psychedelia guided by the sisters’ arresting harmonies, yawing pedal steel, soaring strings and a myriad of other sounds.
THE REAL SARAH’S:
As rising stars in the west coast Americana scene, The Real Sarahs have distinguished themselves as skillful harmony singers and evocative songwriters. With an organic sound that enchants and uplifts the spirit, they share their special gift of vocal synergy. This ensemble creates magic with voices in harmony, acoustic instruments, and the energetic connection between artists and audience. Embracing many genres of music, you are likely to hear threads of folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and country running through their songs. Singing from the stories of their own journeys and life experiences, their original music is honest, captivating and heartfelt.
Alison Harris lives on the edge of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, a wild space between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, California. The leaves are turning and the vineyards glow with red and orange. The owls are singing their night song, the sassy mocking birds have quieted with the approach of winter chill.