Double shot of Whiskey Sisters: High Sierra and Crystal Bay

Whiskey SIsters

The Whiskey Sisters play High Sierra Music Festival and the Crystal Bay Casino this weekend.

The Whiskey Sisters are undeniably one of the hottest new bands out of Texas.

An Austin band which plays Friday and Saturday at the High Sierra Music Festival and Saturday night in its Tahoe debut in the Crystal Bay Casino, this is just another high-profile weekend for the members who are actually music industry veterans.

Barbara Nesbit and Teal Collins are the acoustic guitarists and singers while the third voice is the accomplished electric guitar of Collins’ husband Josh Zee. Collins and Zee also play in the Mother Truckers, which appeared a few years ago at High Sierra.

In just one year, the Whiskey Sisters released a self-titled album, were named Best New Band at Austin’s South-By-Southwest festival and has played BottleRock Napa,  and later this month Teluride’s the Ride Festival.

“When you have played High Sierra with Mother Truckers and have been working 10 years touring across the country, people are quicker to take your phone call,” Collins said. “Both the Whiskey Sisters and the Mother Truckers have had a lot of good play on satellite radio. What also helped spread word we have a residency gig at The Continental every Thursday. A lot of out-of-towners come to it.”

Collins has always been a musician. She grew up in Mill Valley and was childhood friends with sons of the Grateful Dead. Her father collaborated with David Grisman.

The Collins’ moved to Austin on the advice of Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel.

“The Whiskey Sisters are a drink you gotta sample,” Benson says on the band’s website. “Two of the best female voices in Austin come together to make music that makes you drunk with musical pleasure. Their debut CD is smooth as good whiskey and a soulful rockin piece of Texas music. I love em!”

Mojo Nixon, who left his psychotic rock duo and is now a DJ for Sirius Outlaw Country said, the Whiskey Sisters are “Hotter than two foxes fornicating in a forest fire!”

The Whiskey Sisters

High Sierra Music Festival

Friday, July 5, the Grandstand Stage, 1-2:15 p.m.

Saturday, July 6, the Big Meadow stage, 12:15-1:30 p.m.


Crystal Bay Casino

Saturday, July 6, the Crown Room, 10 p.m., no cover charge – Event Details

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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