Monday, January 16, 2006

The Sisters Morales, Saturday February 11th, 2006

The February installation of The Weisman Center Presents Words and Voices is a cooperative effort with The Marshall Regional Arts Council and is being billed as one of the MRAC's Notable Events. Call now to reserve your spot in the audience. Reservations can be made by phoning 903.934.9902. We hope to see you there!

Sisters Morales were born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, spent the past 12 years in Houston, Texas and now live in the Hill Country-San Antonio area. They grew up around a musical and very Mexican family, which contributed to their diverse tastes in music.

They sang in Spanish before they sang in English. Their first performances included singing with mariachis in Mexican restaurants.

They went their separate ways after high school to pursue their own careers, which gained them individual notoriety and awards, but most importantly their own styles.

In 1989, Roberta went to visit Lisa to sing background vocals for a band Lisa put together. Within a month they knew combining their talents would allow them to create a unique sound. Both women are accomplished musicians and songwriters, each reflecting what she has gone though in her life, and both voices are very different, but their harmonies are strong and tight and sound as if they’re made up of the same voice.

The incredible talents of their band members round out the Sisters’ sound. David Spencer is one of Texas' finest guitar players. He also plays steel guitar and trades mariachi-style leads on acoustic with Roberta. Vicente Rodriguez keeps the backbeat solid and also adds percussion. Cornbread adds to the bottom end.

With a lot of hard work and determination the Sisters have built quite a following. Their performances are always described as "energetic, emotional and rockin".

Their awards:

1998 Best Folk/Acoustic (although they're a rockin band) -Houston Press

2001 & 2000 Best C & W -Houston Press (five nominations)

1995/1996 Best Country and Western

1995 Best Song "Teardrops"

1992 Best Visiting Band in Austin -Third Coast/Texas Music City News

1990 Best Duo -Public News (Houston)

They've shared stages with:

Willie Nelson

Rodney Crowell

Kasey Chambers

Walte Hyatt

The Gourds

Joe Ely

Allison Kraus

Charlie Robison

Merle Haggard

Delbert McClinton

Dixie Chicks

Patty Loveless

Greg Trooper

Kim Richey

The Mississippi All-Stars

Willis Allan Ramsey

Wayne Hancock

Steve Forbert

Brooks & Dunn

Pete Anderson

Sister Hazel

Leroy Parnell

Alan Jackson

Junior Brown

Kelly Willis

Dale Watson



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