West County Professional Tea Sipppers
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West County Professional Tea Sipppers

Albany, California, United States | INDIE

Albany, California, United States | INDIE
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"Review by Bob Everhart NTCMA"

Bob Everhart of the National Traditional Country Music Association writes: "This is an astonishingly good old-timey band and album. Yes, "OLD-TIMEY" the way it should be, and the brilliant marketing these folks do to get your interest - they even have a tea-bag with the cd! They are all very good old-timey players too. I am totally impressed with female vocalist, Laura Lind, who also plays the autoharp and writes some of the original "old-timey" songs. YES Laura, you're great! Searle Whitt lends lead and harmony vocals along with a very neat fiddle (especially on Sioux City Sue). David Brown plays banjo (great drop thumb style), fiddle, guitar and mandolin, as well as contributing to the vocals, and Dave Krinkel plays a powerful Dobro (very good on Miss Liza Poor Girl and Bear Creek Blues), guitar, and adds a little silence vocally." - National Traditional Country Music Association


"CD Review in Bluegrass Breakdown"

Bluegrass Breakdown Feb 2010

The West County Professional Tea Sippers: The Kettle Is On Fair and Tender Music www.TheTeaSippers.com ©2009

Song list: Dixie Darling, Cup of Tea Blues, Little Girl Dressed in Blue, Pass Me The Cookies Honey, Meet Me, Old Molly Hare, Sioux City Sue, Billy Joe, Moth to the Flame, Miss Liza Poor Gal, Bear Creek Blues, Walking the Floor Over You, Bury Me Beneath the Willow, Home Again, Jonah and the Whale, Early, When I Get Home.

When a band sends a tea bag with their promo packet, you’ve got to take notice; but when the band suggests, “if you find yourself in too much hot water along the Oolong Road home, try adding tea. Bring your sugar along with you,” it’s sage advice to be taken seriously with some honey and some time on the CD player.

“Cup of Tea” is a virtual theme song for the band, and the happy, bounce provided by Laura Lind on vocals and autoharp, Searle Whitte on fiddle and vocals, David Brown on vocals, banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddle and Dave Krinkel on dobro and guitar, just adds some perk and spice to your life. Laura’s enchanting and vibrant vocals are matched by some contrasting instrumentals and harmony vocals from the band. Of course, you have to have some goodies with your tea, and “Pass Me the Cookies, Honey,” mentions bakeries, nibbles and scones and sticky cinnamon buns – yummy!

The band is “not bound by traditional, but steeped in it,” and draws its repertoire from the Appalachian rural roots that are prebluegrass, old-timey fiddle tunes and gems from the 20s and 30s.

“Old Molly Hare” has the mix of tall tale fantasy and bouncy banjo and autoharp. Laura’s autoharp playing has won several awards and her autoharp lead melodies blend with her powerful solo voice. “Bear Creek Blues,” from the writing of A.P. Carter, has the right blend of sass and spit and a wonderful dobro accompaniment from Dave. The Ernest Tubbs song, “Walking the Floor Over You,” has Searle and Laura on harmony vocals and the duo just nail that tinge of nostalgic heartache. David’s banjo adds an extra sparkle to the tale of “Jonah and the Whale” and the old Carter family classic, “Dixie Darling.” The band’s web site is filled with tidbits of wisdom as well, and “bread and water can easily be toast and tea,” so brew up a cup and enjoy the journey!
-- Brenda Hough
- California Bluegrass Association


"CD Review in Folknik"

http://www.sffmc.org/archives/jan10/folknik.html

Folknik (SF Folk Music Club) Jan 2010

The West County Professional Tea Sippers Old-Time String Band , The Kettle Is On
CD info and samples: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/teasippers

The Tea Sippers are: Laura Lind, vocals, songwriting, autoharp; Searle Whitney, vocals, songwriting, fiddle; David Brown, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocal; and Dave Krinkel, guitar, Dobro, and silence.

These are local folks, at least two affiliated with SFFMC, living in the towns of Sebastopol and Berkeley. Their advice is “When you find yourself in hot water, try adding tea.” A full-strength tea bag accompanied the demo CD.

Some of the reasons I enjoy this CD so much are: 1) I can understand every word: clear diction, and no instrumental blasts that overpower the story being told. 2) The group clearly enjoys what they’re doing; I strongly sense that they had fun making both instrumental and vocal arrangements. 3) I really enjoy traditional “mountain” music played and sung well.

Of the 17 versatile offerings on this CD, six are original, properly in the old time style, four by Laura who also handles most lead vocals. Old time offerings include “Bury Me Beneath the Willow” and “Bear Creek Blues” as sung by the Carter Family, “Old Molly Hare”, “Sioux City Sue” and other old and not-so-old delights.

Although the Tea Sippers are lining up a good number of local gigs, don’t wait for them to come to the venue nearest you. Go ahead, get the CD, and enjoy their music now.

—Faith Petric - SF Folk Music Club


Discography

The Kettle Is On (Fair and Tender Music 2009)

"The Kettle is ON" cd has been selected to receive an award this Fall for "Best Old-timey Album of the Year" from "The National
Traditional Country Music Association, Inc."

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Our traditional music is gathered from the rural roots of Bluegrass, from states including Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Texas, North & South Carolina, Oregon, Washington, California & Tennessee. They collect from living, recorded and printed resources.

The band features harmony singing & a variety of traditional instrumentation. Their repertoire includes original songs and 20's and 30's gems: crooked Appalachian fiddle tunes, old-time country blues, songs of the Carter Family, old-time Gospel, and a few from a new cup. The band's two original songwriters capture the essence of home in California and lost love anywhere.

Two of us also write original songs. Laura is a prolific songwriter whose songs range from scenic country to folk, from waltzes to rhythmic pieces. Searle writes songs of love and heartbreak in the traditional manner. The Tea Sippers also choose selected songs from a newer tea-bag of songwriters.