Tres Chicas

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Tres Chicas
Tres Chicas in 2006
Photo by Forrest L. Smith, III
Background information
OriginRaleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
GenresAlternative country
Years active1999–present
LabelsYep Roc

Tres Chicas are an alternative country group from Raleigh, North Carolina.


Blakey and Cary met in 1997 when Glory Fountain shared a bill with Whiskeytown. Blakey met Lamm when she attended a Hazeldine show in Chapel Hill, and soon all three were friends.[1]

They first began singing together in 1999; their first performance was an impromptu singalong at an Alejandro Escovedo show in a Raleigh bar.[2] Their name was bestowed upon them by the owner of the bar after the performance.[3]

They occasionally performed live, and recorded some of their material more for historical interest than with the intent of releasing it. Producer Chris Stamey heard the tapes and asked the group to release a full album; the result was Sweetwater, their 2004 debut for Yep Roc.[4]

The group toured the U.S. and Europe in 2005.[2][3] Their second album Bloom, Red & The Ordinary Girl was released in March 2006. The album was recorded in London with producers Neil Brockbank (Nick Lowe, Bryan Ferry, Tanita Tikaram) and Robert Trehern (Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler), and featured appearances by Nick Lowe, Geraint Watkins, and Bill Kirchen.[5][1][6]




Appeared on[edit]

  • 2001: Alejandro Escovedo - A Man Under The Influence (Bloodshot)
  • 2001: Greg Hawks & The Tremblers - Fool's Paradise (Yep Roc)
  • 2008: Monty Warren - Trailer Park Angel (Doublenaught)

Primary Contributor on[edit]

  • 2004: Various Artists - Por Vida: A Tribute To The Songs Of Alejandro Escovedo (Cooking Vinyl) - track 14, "Rhapsody"
  • 2007: Various Artists - Musicians For Minneapolis (Electro-Voice) - track 3-13, "Lloyd's Mom"


  1. ^ a b Blackstock, Peter (28 February 2006). "Tres Chicas - Not just whistlin' Dixie". No Depression. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b Tres Chicas at
  3. ^ a b Nailen, Dan (4 February 2005). "Tres Chicas: Hasty name, lasting sound". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  4. ^ Blair, Elizabeth (8 July 2004). "Tres Chic Tres Chicas". NPR. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  5. ^ Baker, Brian (1 May 2006). "Tres Chicas es muy bueno". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  6. ^ Baker, Cary (9 January 2006). "Tres Chicas Return with Bloom, Red & the Ordinary Girl Due Out on Yep Roc on March 7". Cary Baker's Conqueroo. Retrieved 10 April 2017.

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