'Travel Lightly'

Mount Washington singer Kiki Young’s voice is often out-front, sometimes even sounding like the charming twang of Natrona Heights arranger and guitarist Rich Kulbacki’s mandolin.

Two-sister-fronted acoustic quintet Rising Regina arrives on the scene with charming and frequently catchy, self-created songs. The band reaches across the boundaries of folk music and into colorful intimations of ethnicity, along with traces of bluegrass, rock and blues. The two guitars, mandolin, bass and percussion have constant, infectious rhythm and sound.

Mount Washington singer Kiki Young’s voice is often out-front, sometimes even sounding like the charming twang of Natrona Heights arranger and guitarist Rich Kulbacki’s mandolin.

Kiki and her sister, singer and guitarist Jessica Young, started going public on their own in 2007 after being part of their parents’ music ministry.

Clearly, contact with the world has left its imprint on the group. On Travel Lightly, you can hear something sounding like an earnestly paced dance at a Greek or Hungarian wedding. Or perhaps, you’ll hear the smoky sparks from a Gypsy campfire where words suggest the woes of an abandoned wife or the spirit of another woman eager to leave her man and to find new personal territory.

A few titles of the pieces underscore the CD’s own, such as “This Road” or “Train to Anywhere,” while the lyrics speak of legends, adventures and the vicissitudes of love gone astray. As for the name of the group, the sisters wanted to suggest female strength, “Regina” being Latin for “queen.”

Be sure to catch the band’s live performance on Sat., Oct. 23, at South Side’s Thunderbird Cafe.

For more info, visit risingregina.com.

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