Wednesday Jun 13, 2012

Wicked Sisters release 'Power in the Wait'


Wicked Sisters release their second album, "Power in the Wait" June 8 at the Old Schoolhouse in Pine Grove.

Tom Petty once said, "The waiting is the hardest part."

For local acoustic group Wicked Sisters, waiting is the strongest part. Easy? No. Powerful? Definitely.

The "Sistas" released their album Power in the Wait June 8 at the Old Schoolhouse in Pine Grove. The four teachers from Amador County schools - vocalist/ percussionist/guitarist Kevin Wever, vocalist/flutist/percussionist Anne Jeffries, vocalist/guitarist/mandolin player Lynne Vasquez and token male bassist Ken Custodio - have learned that patience is a hard-to-develop virtue. Power in the Wait contains six original songs written by Wever and eight covers from artists such as KT Tunstall, Pistol Annies, and Alanis Morissette. The CD was recorded at The Bakery Recording Studio in Stockton - where their previous album On This Road was also done.


Wicked Sisters Cover KT Tuntall's "Hold On."

"It all still has the same and poignant message," Vasquez noted. "It's just trusting in the power of the universe. Sometimes you just need to wait and take a breath because you need to trust in what's happening."

The Bakery is run by Smashmouth's Mike Klooster who added his handiwork - including keyboard, ukulele and tambourine - on some of the recordings.

"His fun and creative energy is part of our CD," Vasquez mentioned. "It was an absolute blast to spent 12 hours there in the recording studio just playing music."

"Power in the Wait" is a song Wever wrote about her terminally ill great aunt.

"I just started thinking about crossing over into your next journey," she said. "But then it became more of a journey that we take here and all the changes that we make throughout life. We're always waiting for something to happen. First we're born. We wait to grow up. Wait to get married, get a job, or whatever. Then I thought: The power is in the pause - when you just stop and allow it to happen naturally without grasping for it."


Tracy "Indigo" Carlton shows the original artwork she designed for Wicked Sisters' "Power in the Wait" album.

Amador County resident and Pioneer Elementary School parent, Tracy "Indigo" Carlton provided the cover art for the album. Carlton's son, Ian, will be entering second grade in the fall.

"We had toyed with the idea of having some original art for our cover but didn't really know where to go with that," Vasquez said. "We thought maybe a photograph or original art. We saw some of Tracy's art up in Mountain Exchange Café up in Pioneer and we liked her style and her energy and her colors - just everything about her art that we saw."

The Sistas and Carlton agreed to work on the project. The band gave the artist some elements to incorporate - a color scheme, The Wicked Sisters logo, and the triple goddess symbol.

"The Wicked Sisters told me what 'Power in the Wait' meant to them," Carlton said. "They gave me a few color ideas, but said, 'Just go for it.' I explained that when I create my paintings, I don't sketch it out. I don't plan. It's completely an intuitive process. With the colors that they mentioned, I had to trust my intuition and know and trust that process. Whatever's meant to be is going to happen, which brings up a little anxiety, but it works out really well in the long run. The images that I came up with and the way the colors work - they loved it. It felt really magical. Something that I did not plan ended up to be exactly what they were looking for."

For Carlton, "Power in the Wait" means, "being in the moment and not leading ahead to the next thing. It's knowing that where you are right now at this moment is very powerful and there's nowhere else you need to be. It is a chance to let go of anxiety and worries about the past or what's coming - the stress about the future. It's being completely in the moment. It's like a deep breath. It's so powerful to be in that place. It's not about waiting in anticipation necessarily, although that's part of it. It's knowing that where you are right now is perfect."

Carlton's artwork is currently shown at Rosebud's Café in Jackson and on her website, www.indigomoone.com.

"I was really honored to be asked to do this piece," Carlton noted. "I respect all of these women as teachers and musicians. To be part of this community - to be woven in the community this way - has been an amazing experience."

The Wicked Sisters are friends living in Amador County who discovered they all had a passion and a talent for making great music and harmonies.  With a variety of acoustic blues, rock, folk, and contemporary tunes, they cover a wide range of styles with favorites from your past and original songs that you'll want to hear again and again!  Teachers by day, quality entertainers by night, this group will have you singing along.  Their enthusiasm is infectious! 

Amador County folk band, Wicked Sisters, delighted members and their guests at the Rancho Murieta Women's Club luncheon..The Wicked Sisters graced its audience with both original and cover songs including hits by artist ranging from the Wailin' Jennys, Bonnie Raitt, to Joanie Mitchell and Jewel.   Vice President Mindy Jenkins said the group really struck a chord.  "People had a great time," she said.  "There was something for everyone in the program, and the audience really loved their a cappella harmonizing.  The performance was very well received."

Wicked Sisters bring music "for women, by women" to Amador County..They are known for their three distinct voices and harmonies.

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