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    Music runs in the blood of singer-songwriter and producer Lisa Morales.

    Like her cousin Linda Ronstadt, Morales and her sister Roberta embraced a love for music when growing up in Tucson, Arizona. Lisa and Roberta recorded 6 albums together as the duo Sisters Morales blending country, folk, rock, blues and traditional Mexican music. They were the first Latina duo to be signed by RCA Records in Nashville. Roberta died of cancer in 2021.

    Lisa Morales tells Fronteras contributor Nathan Cone that as a Tucson native, her music is firmly rooted in the Southwestern U. S. and beyond. We’re influenced by Sonora (Mexico) and so the ranchera music was what we grew up with,” she said. “To me, that was Mexican country music. It was so salt-of-the-Earth and talking about the lamenting of losing land.” But they also spent time in Spain when they were in grade school, so those influences are there as well.

    She is putting the finishing touches on a new project that will be released this September. Morales said several of her new songs will pay tribute to Roberta, including one called, “Hermanitas in the Rain.”

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