KUAF Arts Beat: Women who rock

Apr 6, 2018

Stephanie Petet of Witchsister performs at the KUAF studios ahead of her appearance in the "Women in Music Showcase" at Backspace.

Stephanie Petet of Witchsister performed at KUAF Studios ahead of her band's appearance in a diverse lineup of women artists this Saturday at Backspace. The interview and performance are part of  Intersections, a month-long celebration of women and their contributions to NWA culture.

Springdale-based Witchsister consists of three sisters and a cousin who play heavy guitar-based rock informed by prog, punk and metal. Petet discussed the long and circuitous process of forming a band, her musical influences, and how finding your own voice is even more pressing in an artistic community dominated by men.

"Some of these bands we've played with we've been together longer than, you're just being underestimated constantly," says Petet. "But it's not about proving anyone wrong. It's about being true to the integrity of the music and the performance."

Counter to their usual style, Witchsister's set on Saturday will be entirely acoustic, and befitting that approach. Petet played a Grace Potter & the Nocturnals song entitled "Medicine" solo in-studio. You can listen to the interview and the performance via the streaming link above.