T Sisters


Video Premiere: Come Back Down

SF Weekly - February 7, 2017 by

The song itself is a joyful number, inspired by what the sisters call “a great love, the kind that buoys you up and leaves you feeling as though you can never return to the way you lived before that love came along.”

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Exclusive Premiere: T Sisters Share New Self-Titled Album

JamBase - October 13, 2016 by Andy Kahn

Oakland-based Americana act T Sisters will issue their self-titled sophomore studio album this Friday, October 14. JamBase is pleased to offer an exclusive advance stream of the record ahead of its official release.

For the follow-up to their 2014 debut Kindred Lines, siblings Chloe, Erika and Rachel Tietjen worked closely with engineer Cian Riordan to record vocal tracks at Barefoot Recording Studios in Los Angeles. The sisters and their band mates Steve Height on acoustic bass, Andrew Allen Fahlander on mandolin and guitar and Marlon Aldana on drums assembled at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco to live track the instrumentation on T Sisters. Made up of nine new originals and a cover of Foy Vance’s “Make It Rain,” the album also features string arrangement and conduction by Anton Patzner, as well as contributions from violinist Jan Purat, cellist Lewis Patzner, keyboardist Gianni Staiano and Taylor Brown on lap steel guitar.

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FSHN Exclusive: T Sisters ‘Shadoop’ Premiere

FSHN Magazine - October 11, 2016 by Jacklyn Mark

The T Sisters debut one of their new tracks, “Shadoop,” exclusively for FSHN Magazine.

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SiriusXM The Village - October 7, 2016 by ~MarySue

VILLAGE SONG & VIDEO PREMIERE: T Sisters release their new self-titled album Oct 14! Here is a video premiere of “Sonnet#4” – we will premiere the song on Sunday’s #VillageFolkShow around 9 AM ET, 11 PM PT on Sunday ch32 SiriusXM The Bridge!

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T Sisters, ‘Come Back Down’ [Exclusive Premiere]

The Boot - October 4, 2016 by Amy McCarthy

The T Sisters are getting ready to release their sophomore album in mid-October and are debuting one of their new tracks, “Come Back Down,” exclusively for readers of The Boot.

Soaring harmonies, catchy melodies and mature lyricism abound in “Come Back Down,” a song that the T Sisters say is “inspired by a great love — the kind of love that buoys you up and leaves you feeling as though you can never return to the way you lived before that love came along.”

“We had a lot of fun arranging this tune,” the trio tells The Boot, “playing with different harmonies, counter-melodies and timing throughout the song.”

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Song Premiere: T Sisters, “Fight Song”

The Bay Bridged - September 30, 2016 by Jody Amable

The premieres just keep on coming here at The Bay Bridged. Today, we’re helping you celebrate the weekend with a good-time track from Oakland’s T Sisters.

Garnering national attention through a performance on A Prairie Home Companion, T Sisters (who, yes, are actual sisters) are weavers of sterling Americana that’s buttressed by smooth harmonies. On their latest self-titled record, which debuts on October 14, they’re keeping up their established method of raising the roof via traditional American music.

Now, we’ve got your first listen to “Fight Song,” a fitting tune, full of some classic down-home banjos and fiddles, for these turbulent times. Get ready for a thigh-slappin’, foot-stompin’ good time.

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Elmore Magazine reviews Floydfest

Elmore Magazine - August 14, 2016 by Melissa Caruso

Oakland, California-bred folk sisters, the T Sisters, fit right in with the vibe of FloydFest, having grown up with an affinity for the mountains and hiking. Together, on upright bass, washboard, guitar and drums they create gorgeous harmonies both sonically and visually. On “Woo Woo,” their sassy bluegrass soul shined; men in the crowd stood with their mouths agape…so did the women. Had it been the 1960s, these girls would be up front and center at a gospel church, using their voices to mend the wounds of civil injustice. Watching them perform with that undeniable bond of sisterhood, I wished my sister and I had started a band.

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A Half-Dozen Gems We Caught at Floydfest

Grateful Web - August 2, 2016 by Mike Mannon

2. Oakland’s T Sisters were the surprise of the weekend for many. Talk about building buzz: playing four sets of their own and guesting on countless others, the three harmonizers upped their East Coast profile in a major way at Floydfest.

With their upcoming album about to drop this Fall, and good number of festival appearances between now and then, expect to be hearing a lot more of the T Sisters in the coming months. If the new record does even a half-decent job of capturing their vocal prowess, it should be a must-listen.

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Floydfest 16 gathers unique acts, handles unexpected curveball

Kentucky Kernal - August 2, 2016 by Matt Wickstrom

Two of Floydfest’s most pleasant surprises took the Speakeasy stage by storm back-to-back on Saturday afternoon — Chicago’s The Steepwater Band and the T Sisters from the San Francisco Bay area. Both groups featured very contrasting but equally appealing styles, The Steepwater Band being an in-your-face blues rock outfit, and the T Sisters featuring synchronized folk-pop harmonies and no shortage of sass. Both groups sets featured songs old and new, with The Steepwater Band having recently released a record titled “Shake Your Faith” and the T Sisters prepping for a new release in early October.

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Saturday night at FloydFest – an ailing, absent Gregg Allman gets his musical propers

The Roanoke Times - July 31, 2016 by Stephanie Klein-Davis

The Woods did such a good set…And they invited up Oakland, California’s T Sisters, who joined The Wood Bros for their “Keep Me Around.” The sisters, with no rehearsal time with the Woods, did it “better than we could ever do,” Oliver Wood told the crowd.

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The Bluegrass Situation - July 28, 2016 by BGS Staff

In Their Words: “Family runs deep through our music, and it shows in our harmonies. To create a great blend, you have to hear yourself as part of a whole, being mindful of volume, how you say a word and where you end it. A lot comes down to listening — giving up some of your ego and individuality for a moment, and finding places where each one of us shines. It’s for the sake of that harmony that we compromise.” — Erika Tietjen

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T Sisters at SF Jazz

All About Jazz online - July 21, 2016 by Asher Wolf

You don’t often hear a banjo and washboard at the SFJAZZ Center, but the T Sisters were invited for a reason. Since their debut EP in 2012, Erika, Chloe, and Rachel Tietjen have busily ricocheted between Bay Area venues, propelled by a joyous stage presence and more than enough expertise to satisfy the lofty musicianship standards of San Francisco’s foremost jazz institution.

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Lib at Large: T Sisters bring their harmonies to Marin

Marin Independent Journal - July 12, 2016 by Paul Liberatore

I heard about the T Sisters before I actually heard the T Sisters. A musician friend was the first to tell me about them, how fresh and new and irresistible they are. And now I get to tell you.

In 2014, the T Sisters — Erika, Chloe and Rachel Tietjen — recorded a debut album of their rootsy Americana originals. Called “Kindred Lines,” it was produced by bluegrass star Laurie Lewis and released on her Spruce and Maple label…

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T Sisters Cover Grateful Dead’s ‘Bird Song’ In Berkeley

JamBase - April 29, 2016 by Scott Bernstein

Last night, T Sisters an Americana act led by sisters Chloe Tietjen, Rachel Tietjen and Erika Tietjen played Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, California. The band delivered a beautiful cover of “Bird Song” by the Grateful Dead as part of their performance.

The sister act absolutely nails the harmonies on their “Bird Song” cover, while guitarist Andrew Allen Fahlander unleashes a scorching solo on acoustic. Watch video of T Sisters covering “Bird Song” captured by Sterling Munksgard.

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Crown Room fits folk artists to a ‘T’

Tahoe Onstage - February 23, 2016 by LARRY SABO

The T Sisters from San Francisco originally were to have performed in the Crystal Bay Casino’s Red Room, however, the group’s popularity forced a move into the larger Crown Room. Here are photos from the concert by Larry Sabo and Clare Foster.

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16 Artists to Watch in 2016

SF Weekly - January 6, 2016 by Wonder Dave

Beautiful harmonies, melodic voices, a family band in the 21st century, and honest-to-goodness traditional folk musicians: Is it possible to be both a beautiful relic of the past and perfect for the present? It is if you’re the T Sisters. Chloe, Rachel, and Erika Tietjen sing and you just feel better about the world. Even when the song is sad their music lets you sit with that sadness and understand it’s a part of life. Who knew you could achieve Zen through folk music?

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Holiday Revue Featuring The T Sisters


Despite their multiple duties as organizers, support and stars of the show, The T Sisters appeared indefatigable throughout the evening, which demonstrated how interconnected they are within the Bay Area music community. Aided and abetted by Walker’s powerful vocal, they proffered a stunning version of Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal.” Closing with a finale that had everyone back onstage for Hank Williams’ “I Saw The Light,” it was abundantly clear that Lewis has chosen wisely in bequeathing the Revue to The T’s more than capable hands, hearts and voices.

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T Sisters masquerade as Spice Ghouls at Hangtown Halloween

Tahoe Onstage - November 7, 2015 by Garrett Bethmann

People had been expecting the T Sisters Friday morning at the main stage but instead were met by its British sister band, The Spice Ghouls. Thankfully, they played a gorgeous set of T Sisters covers and it was hard to not see the stunning similarities between the bands.

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To a T – T Sisters keep it in the family

North Bay Bohemian - April 15, 2015 by CHARLIE SWANSON

Born and raised in the East Bay, siblings Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen of the sassy folk outfit the T Sisters have spent a lifetime harmonizing and songwriting, and it shows. Now based in Oakland and dedicated full-time to music, the band makes its way to the Occidental Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 18.

“From a young age, we sang a lot,” said Erika Tietjen. “It was my natural form of creative expression.” With both parents steeped in music and dance, the girls spent their days “experimenting with harmony without knowing it,” as Tietjen says.

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Seventy-Five Bay Area Musicians Pay Tribute To Bob Marley

SF Bands And Music Mag - April 4, 2015 by STEVE ROBY

Siblings Erika, Rachel, and Chloe Tietjen make up The T Sisters. The selection of “Three Little Birds” seemed most appropriate, and their a cappella arrangement was jaw-dropping. California born and raised, and now based in Oakland, the Tietjens have been singing together their whole lives. SFBAM recently caught up with them at the Great American Music Hall when they performed with Everyone Orchestra.

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