By any other name, the four ladies of The Trishas would sound just as sweet but they can’t get away from the early moniker.
“We just thought that it was for the one-off gig in Steamboat, CO and we just threw a name out there to use on the line-up and backstage,” Savannah Welch said explaining the name that follows them around.”
“We tried to change it when we started doing it as a band and nothing would stick – people kept referring to us as The Trishas. There’s already a band called ‘Happenstance,’ or that would have been our band name, or ‘Whoopsidaisy,'” she added laughing.
Savannah, along with Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee and Jamie Wilson comprise the band’s vocal core. “We’re a harmony group,” Jamie said. “It’s pretty rootsy, barebones, the instrumentation’s minimal but it’s four-part harmony. It’s not bluegrass because we’re not good enough musicians to be bluegrass but there’s a lot of singing.”
John Ross Silva and Trisha Keefer provide drums and fiddle respectively.
Moving on the momentum from their first show at the end of 2008, through a residency at the Saxon Pub and various appearances at SXSW, The Trishas have finally cut enough of their tunes to release their EP, They Call Us The Trishas.
The five tracks meld modern acoustic folk with blues and gospel, giving a well-rounded sampling of their live set. “Trouble About My Soul” starts the record right with soulful percussion before Savannah’s wistful “So Blue” and the hopefully optimistic “Rise Above.”
A Kevin Welch (Savannah’s dad) tune, “Till I’m Too Old To Die Young” caps both the record and most of their live shows, with the group clustered around one microphone, aptly swapping leads and harmonies.