The Secret Sisters

The Secret Sisters

by The Secret SistersThe Secret Sisters

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Overview

Revivalism is a tricky business. If you're re-creating a style from another era -- as opposed to merely putting a modern spin on it -- you've got to walk a fine line between paying homage to the past and bringing your own personality into play. Not many can manage it, but on their self-titled debut album, the Secret Sisters seem to have successfully brought classic country sounds into the present with a feeling of timelessness rather than dusty archive-spelunking. T-Bone Burnett was so impressed with young Muscle Shoals, AL sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers that after their label, Universal Republic, turned him on to their music, he created his own imprint for their album's release. It's easy to see why -- the Rogers sisters' heavenly harmonies on the traditional ballad "Do You Love an Apple" would have been a natural for the Burnett-produced soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, if not for the fact that the girls were barely old enough to cross the street by themselves at the time of the film's release. But while they're capable of ethereal, heart-tugging turns like the aforementioned tune and Hank Williams' spiritual "House of Gold," these gals have got plenty of guts, too. Their more earthbound side comes out on the honky tonk tunes that dominate the album, like the old George Jones hit "Why Baby Why," Buck Owens' classic "My Heart Skips a Beat," and a more secular Hank hit, "Why Don't You Love Me." They even find room to expand their parameters outside of country music, delivering a gorgeous version of the 1967 Frank and Nancy Sinatra duet "Something Stupid" and coming off like a distaff Everly Brothers on "I've Got a Feeling," an early-'60s pop
ock obscurity by then-teen singer Nancy Baron. And while producer Dave Cobb's arrangements don't self-consciously re-create every element of the musical eras the sisters dig into, they don't add any superfluous modernizations either, keeping the sonic framework just as timeless-sounding as the Secret Sisters' style itself.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2010
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602527439136
catalogNumber: 001453302
Rank: 27509

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Secret Sisters   Primary Artist
Brian Allen   Bass
Rob Arthur   Piano
Russ Pahl   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Dean Parks   Electric Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Robby Turner   Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris Powell   Drums
Jackson Smith   Guitar
Dave Cobb   Percussion
Jason "Rowdy" Cope   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Buck Owens   Composer
Niko Bolas   Engineer
T Bone Burnett   Executive Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Larry Jenkins   Management
Ivy Skoff   Additional Production
Matt Andrews   Engineer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Charles LaVerne   Composer
Wally Zober   Composer
Darrell Thorp   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Jason Wormer   Engineer
John McBride   Engineer
Dave Cobb   Producer
Kyle Ford   Engineer
Lydia Rogers   Composer
Carson C. Parks   Composer
Andrew Brightman   Management
Laura Rogers   Composer

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