Linda Arceo of Monterey and Lisa Long of Gilroy
call their band Trusting Lucy. They will release their album, "It'll Be Fine,"
on April 27 at Doc Ricketts' Lab in Monterey.
The unusual thing about the project is its
format: the songs on one CD are performed on electric instruments, while the
second CD offers the same tunes played on acoustic instruments.
"A lot of people saw us doing acoustic music,
and we decided to give a bonus to people who liked the other (electric)
stuff," said Arceo in a phone interview.
Arceo and Long, who met three years ago, were
both strong solo acoustic recording artists before forming Trusting Lucy.
Arceo had Long play on her debut album, "Linda
Arceo," two years ago, and Arceo played on Long's album.
Eventually, Arceo asked Long to join the band
she had formed for her CD release party. Then the two decided to merge their
The band takes its name from the two artists'
decision to work together and trust each other's ability to share the
From the new album, it's clear the partnership
was the right move for both women.
It includes 14 songs -- seven by Arceo and
seven by Long -- and they back each other with vocal harmonies on each other's
The music ranges from hard-driving,
in-your-face rock ("Casualties of a Kind" by Arceo) to melodious, warm ballads
("Pieces" by Long). And the sound is clear and well-balanced. The tracking was
done at the nearby Mars Studio and the rest of the work at Interlock Studios
in Los Angeles.
"We really went for a more commercial sound
because we really want to push it for radio play," Arceo said.
Other members of Trusting Lucy are Jason
Ruggles on electric guitar, Paul Grove on keyboards, James Findlay on drums
and Cheryl Tibbetts on bass and vocals.
Arceo said she is pleased with the project and
collaborating with Long.
Finding someone who is simpatico vocally has
been "really good to find," Arceo said. "Lisa and I seem to hit the mark for
what we're doing, and I'm happy with it."