Why We Should Sing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’s’ Obscure Fifth VerseKQED - March 2, 2017 by Chloe Veltman
The experience in January inspired Mucher to reflect on the legacy of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and its relevance today. But instead of focusing on the first verse, whose lyrics, Mucher believes, say a lot about the flag but not a lot about the Constitution, the professor turned his attention to the fifth:
“When our land is illum’d with Liberty’s smile,
If a foe from within strike a blow at her glory,
Down, down, with the traitor that dares to defile
The flag of her stars and the page of her story!
By the millions unchain’d who our birthright have gained
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained!
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
While the land of the free is the home of the brave.”
Premiere: “City Painted Gold” by The Brothers Comatose (Featuring T Sisters)SF Weekly - February 23, 2017 by Jessie Schiewe
A live recording of “City Painted Gold,” the titular track off their 2016 album of the same name, it features vocals from Oakland Americana trio The T Sisters, and was shot by Jacob Skaggs during a live recording at Fieldwork Brewing in Berkeley.
T Sisters Honor The Anniversary Of Grateful Dead’s “Bird Song” With New Video [Watch/Premiere]Live For Live Music - February 20, 2017 by Dave Melamed
The Oakland based group chose to cover the song as part of a tribute to its release and its message, drawing inspiration from the song’s lyrics and progressions. Says the band, “We chose to cover ‘Bird Song’ because we were really drawn to Robert Hunter’s poetic lyrics, a touching homage to Janis Joplin, and the unique melody of the song. Because the melody covers such a large range, we had to take an interesting approach to adapt the song to our three-part harmony style. Captured in one take and recorded live to tape, this video honors the authentic and raw performance style of the Grateful Dead.”read the rest »
Wood Brothers and T Sisters hitting HarvesterRoanoke Times - February 10, 2017 by Tad Dickens
One of FloydFest’s cool moments last year happened when The Wood Brothers, playing on the Hill Holler stage, called up their new friends, T Sisters. The guest sisters took over the vocals for the brothers’ song “Keep Me Around.”
Afterward, Oliver Wood told the crowd that there was no rehearsal beforehand. “They did it better than we could ever do,” he added.
The two groups are back together on stages these days, with The Wood Brothers headlining a tour that brings both acts to Harvester Performance Center on Sunday. It will be the headliners’ second stop at the Rocky Mount venue, and the opening act’s first.read the rest »
Video Premiere: Come Back DownSF 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.”read the rest »
Exclusive Premiere: T Sisters Share New Self-Titled AlbumJamBase - 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.read the rest »
FSHN Exclusive: T Sisters ‘Shadoop’ PremiereFSHN Magazine - October 11, 2016 by Jacklyn Mark
The T Sisters debut one of their new tracks, “Shadoop,” exclusively for FSHN Magazine.
VILLAGE SONG & VIDEO PREMIERE: “Sonnet #4”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!read the rest »
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.”read the rest »
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.read the rest »
Elmore Magazine reviews FloydfestElmore 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.read the rest »
A Half-Dozen Gems We Caught at FloydfestGrateful 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.read the rest »
Floydfest 16 gathers unique acts, handles unexpected curveballKentucky 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.read the rest »
Saturday night at FloydFest – an ailing, absent Gregg Allman gets his musical propersThe 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.read the rest »
WATCH: T SISTERS, ‘THE ROAD’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
T Sisters at SF JazzAll 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.read the rest »
Lib at Large: T Sisters bring their harmonies to MarinMarin 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…read the rest »
T Sisters Cover Grateful Dead’s ‘Bird Song’ In BerkeleyJamBase - 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.read the rest »
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.read the rest »
16 Artists to Watch in 2016SF 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?read the rest »