The T Sisters are a genuine sister group based in the creative hub of Oakland, California. The group is made up of Rachel and Chloe Tietjen, twins, and their older sister Erika. Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters’ sound represents a continuum of music: from roots to pop influences, moments of stunning a cappella to swells of groovy indie folk.
The sisters' contemporary yet classic sound invites a range of likenesses, from the Pointer Sisters and the Everly Brothers to modern family bands like the Avett Brothers and First Aid Kit. With their soaring sibling harmonies, sassy stage presence, and inventive songwriting, these three sisters embody a fresh and soulful take on folk/Americana music.
Music and performance have provided a consistent backdrop for the sisters, having grown up with their musician father and dancer mother. The sisters began singing together as early as they could speak, and not long after they began to experiment with harmonies, gradually developing their ability to blend their voices as only sisters can. In 2008, after having been separated for a number of years, the sisters returned to the Bay Area to produce and perform in an original musical. They then co-founded Chthonic Theater, a performing arts collective through which they create and perform in original musical theater productions, lead local parades, and curate and host variety shows featuring local and touring artists. After the initial performance experiment of the musical, the sisters began to write songs together and develop their singing and harmonizing outside of the musical theater context, and have since delved deeply into their own soulful and contemporary interpretation of folk and Americana music.
Rachel (vox, guitar, banjo), Chloe (vox, percussion) and Erika (vox, guitar) are all songwriters in their own right and switch off on lead vocals. While their voices blend seamlessly, each has a distinct singing and writing style. Erika weaves a story with attitude and will belt it out with the confidence and style of a pop diva. Rachel’s soulful and raw style is highlighted in her vintage blues-inspired tunes. Chloe sings her heartfelt and often poetic lyrics in a subtle country tone. The combination results in an eclectic repertoire unified by a landscape of close harmonies. In 2011, the T Sisters co-produced their first EP with renowned mandolin player Mike Marshall. In 2014, local legend Laurie Lewis produced their first full-length record, and in 2016 the T Sisters self-produced their second full-length record, followed by live EP Live at Tiny Telephone in 2017. They are currently working on their next record.
The T Sisters have toured the country in support of their own music as well as in support of Amos Lee, The Wood Brothers, Todd Rundgren, and many more. They have had the honor of performing in Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ of singing the national anthem multiple times at San Francisco Giants games, and of collaborating with diverse artists throughout the country in live performance. They look forward to bringing their music to international audiences for the first time in 2019 through the renowned American Music Abroad program.
GoldenOak is an Indie Soul-Folk band fronted by sibling duo Zak and Lena Kendall. Originally from the Sandy River Valley of Western Maine and now based in Portland, they began to write music and perform in 2014. GoldenOak released their first album, Pleasant St., in 2016 an album they co-wrote with cellist Seth Wegner. The full length album painted a landscape of the duo’s childhood and their experiences growing up and leaving home. The original album with beautiful instrumentation and voice solidified the band as ambassadors of the Maine Folk Scene and earned them praise such as a nomination as “one of Portland's most important upcoming bands” by Dispatch Magazine. Over the last two years, they shared the stage with many notable artists such as Lady Lamb, The Dustbowl Revival, The Ghost of Paul Revere, and The Mallett Brothers Band. In October 2017, GoldenOak released Foxgloves, a 6 track EP that builds on Zak and Lena's folk roots with a remarkable orchestral approach and earthy sound. The band kicked off their Foxgloves release tour with a sold out show at Portland’s One Longfellow Square, and in December, Foxgloves was voted “EP of the Year” by the Portland Music Awards. Zak and Lena record and often tour with fellow musicians and band mates, Mike Knowles (Bass), and Jackson Cromwell (percussion). Find out more at GoldenOakband.com.