The Reliques (pronounced, “relics”) formed as a duo of singer-songwriters from the heartbeat of the hill country – Austin, TX. The folk duo has been featured on both KISS FM-96.7 and The River 102.3 and have graced the front pages of Austin publications, The Daily Texan’s DT Weekend and Austin Christian Family Magazine.
In the Spring of 2009, the girls received the honor of being The River’s Austin Artist Showcase winner, a contest that welcomed thousands of listener/voters from all over the hill country. As winners of the showcase, the band received various accolades from nationally recognized Christian industry artists and professionals, and an opportunity to headline the Indie stage of the Texas Hill Festival in September 2009.
In an April 2009 issue of the Daily Texan’s DT Weekend, Editor Francisco Marin, says:
“These sirens of Texas folk make music spilling over with intimacy and real emotional gravitas…The Reliques’ sound is immediately recognizable: the lilting sound of Dossey’s mandolin over Monteen’s acoustic guitar, overlapping vocals reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, the sparse arrangements chug along, trainlike and persistent.”
Friends from college, Sarah Monteen and Sarah Dossey of The Reliques set out to create a sound that was both memorable and wholesome, while adding folky musical elements such as mandolin and harmonica throughout their set. Singing two-part harmonies while holding onto an acoustic feel, the band is oftentimes compared to Nickelcreek, Sandra McCracken, and Jewel.