The T Sisters are an authentic family band from Oakland, California.


Photo by Claude Shade

The group’s subtle throwback aesthetic calls to mind classic trios past, from the Andrews Sisters and 1960′s girl groups to the sirens from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Anchored by diverse influences spanning folk, country, gospel, Americana and early-90′s R&B, each sister brings a unique vocal and lyrical style to a repertoire that is at once modern and timeless.

Rachel (vocals, guitar, banjo), Chloe (vocals, percussion) and Erika Tietjen (vocals, 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, the eldest sister, weaves a story with attitude and will belt it out with the confidence and style of a jazz 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 vibrato. The combination results in a very eclectic repertoire unified by a landscape of close harmonies.

The T Sisters continue to charm audiences with their full-bodied harmonies at venues across California––from McCabe’s Guitar Shop in LA to the Freight and Salvage and Strawberry Music Festival and even their very own Oakland warehouse. They’ve enjoyed some out-of-state forays and laid their vocals on The Bitter End in Greenwich Village and Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. Most recently the T Sisters had the thrilling opportunity to sing supporting vocals for Grammy-winning musician Laurie Lewis on the stage of San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

They perform their original and traditional tunes acoustically or backed by a full band, with plenty of a capella showstoppers and sibling banter thrown in the mix.  in 2013 and 2014 they won the best original song at the  Bay Area regional of the annual Harmony Sweepstakes A Capella Festival, as well as audience favorite in 2014.

Following up their 2011 EP, Bring Us Back, produced by Mike Marshall, the T Sisters are currently recording their first full-length album under the production of Laurie Lewis ,which is due to be released in March, 2014.

About Chthonic Theater

Chthonic Theater (pronounced thon-ik) is an Oakland-based performing and visual arts collective. Founded by The T Sisters and Analisa Svehaug, our group is based out of the eclectic neighborhood of Jingletown in Oakland.


Photo from Chthonic Theater Variety Show by Jesse Sternburg

Chthonic Theater collaborates with and supports local artists through regular variety shows, musical theater productions, parades and more. CT events and productions incorporate music, dance, theater, and written word, as well as visual transformation of space through costuming and set design. »