Lucy prepares for festival appearance
By Dave Steffenson--
left, and Linda Arceo will play at 1:45 p.m. July 26 at the Gazebo
stage at the Garlic Festival.
GILROY - What’s in a name?
Well, when it
comes to names, this band has had its share. While many people may
have heard Linda Arceo and Gilroy resident Lisa Long’s bold lyrics
and catchy guitar riffs while wandering the Garlic Festival the
last three years, they might not recognize the two by any name.
the name Linda Arceo, Arlo, Arceo and Long and, finally, Trusting
Lucy, the women don’t seem to care what name they go by, as long
as they keep turning heads.
“I think what
grabs people is that our songs have hooks in them,” Arceo said.
“We don’t play like girls.”
stereotype that women playing acoustic guitars play light, airy
music, Arceo and Long have turned the last two years into a productive
collaboration based on two different styles and a rock sound that
always turns heads, something the women hope to do July 26 at the
Gazebo stage at the 2003 Garlic Festival.
“We always want
to get in there,” Arceo said. “There’s so many people there. If
you can get the person to turn from way out in the field or beer
booth, that’s a goal.”
But when asked
about the band’s name, Arceo could only laugh and say, “That’s a
story on it’s own, I think Lisa should tell you about that.”
It all began
when Long, who was doing her own solo work and had released a self-titled
album, was asked to help fill in playing the keyboard for Arceo,
who also had her own album out, but was picked to play for the Garlic
Festival and didn’t have a band - she had produced the album by
hiring 13 musicians to back up her guitar.
“I had my own
thing going on,” she said.
When Long joined
in the band, they changed their name to Arlo, a mix of the Arceo
and Long’s last names, but it didn’t last for long.
“Arlo was taken
by another band, so we couldn’t use it. We changed our name to Arceo
and Long,” Long said.
two decided to settle on Trusting Lucy. But how does that name fit
in when neither of the women have that name?
“When we joined
forces, it took a lot of trust to be there for the whole package
- that’s where the word ‘trust’ came in,” Long said.
The second part
of the name came out of a nickname given to Arceo by a friend.
her Linda Palomino,” Long said. “Palomino means ‘dove’ in Spanish,
and Linda means beautiful.”
Long used to
joke that if she was ever called up accept a Grammy award, she would
accidentally say Lucy Palomino instead of Linda Arceo. From there,
Trusting Lucy became the name of the group.
an identity of the band,” Long said. “She got her own identity.”
The duo, sometimes
back by a six-man band, other times playing acoustic, do four or
five shows each month and recently released their first album, “It’ll
What makes the
two-disc release interesting is that one CD is of the group playing
with a band, and the second CD is the same songs played on acoustic
“That was Linda’s
idea,” Long said. “We have a fan base for the acoustic music and
also for the band.”
The album took
nearly six months to create, but the Arceo and Long said it was
a test to see if they could work together.
“If you can’t
get along in (the studio), it won’t work,” Arceo said. “We were
driving up and down the coast every weekend (to the studio in Hollywood).
We were with each other almost 24 hours a day.”
The band practices
together at Long’s Gilroy home, where she moved six years ago. She
works at JL Ranch. Meanwhile, Arceo works for the county of Monterey
as a management analyst.
job makes it possible for me to do this,” Arceo said.
But that isn’t
the long-term goal for these two, who plan to stay together and
make meaningful music.
“We hit it off
really well, and we both had the same goal,” Long said. “We would
love to just make a living making music. We would really love to
just play, and quit our day jobs and still have a home to come back
to at the end of the day.”
The two met
through a mutual friend
Long, who originally
is from Pleasanton, started her music career playing cover songs.
“I played in
piano bars originally,” she said. “I found that I could play guitar
chords on the piano and just fake it, and I made really good money
playing covers, but I got burned out.”
earned an associate’s degree in music.
from a different school of music - her own.
she said. “I learned from watching my dad play music. I payed my
way through college playing in bands.”
While long said
she made good money playing cover tunes, it means a lot more to
her to make less money playing music she wrote herself.
so much in what we are doing,” she said. “I don’t make nearly as
much money playing out own stuff, but it’s so much more fulfilling.”
Arceo said that
the key to their success together has been through their differing
styles blending so well.
progressed together,” she said. “It’s hard to find voices that match.
My stuff is more rock-oriented, and she is more ballad-oriented.
“When you have
us separate, it doesn’t sound like it would match, but it does.”
album “It’ll Be Fine” is available by visiting www.trustinglucy.com
and soon can be found in the independent section at Music For a
Song at the Gilroy Outlets.
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