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Thursday, April 17, 2003

Trust Doc's to provide a solid CD release party

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Two Monterey Bay area singer-songwriters have pooled their talents to create one hot double album.

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 talents.

The band takes its name from the two artists' decision to work together and trust each other's ability to share the spotlight.

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 tunes.

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."

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