The Secret Sisters return with "Saturn Return"
Friday, November 15, 2019
– The Secret Sisters' new album, "Saturn Return," will be released Feb. 28 on New West Records.
Produced by Brandi Carlile and her bandmates Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth, the album includes an the first single, "Cabin."
Recorded at Carlile's home studio in Washington state, the dsic includes 10 songs written by Laura and Lydia Rogers and features the real-life sisters singing individually for the first time instead of relying solely on their trademark harmonies, something Carlile challenged them to do. The Secret Sisters' sound is akin to the Everly Brothers.
Carlile said, "It's really uniquely unified and harmonious when they're in tandem and very tumultuous and deep when they're not in tandem, and I think for a brief, beautiful moment on this album we caught The Secret Sisters not in tandem for the first time."
"To be a harbinger for their honesty in these songs and to watch them work together to see the tension was one of the greatest gifts of my career because those are two very powerful people in a very interesting point in their lives."
Named after the astrological occurrence that takes place approximately every 29 ½ years, the album heralds the arrival of a new era for the Rogers sisters, both of whom experienced change and transformation during the making of the record. Grappling with the grief of losing both grandmothers, while also both becoming first-time mothers, the sisters reflect on their world view, relationships and own mortality through the 10 songs.
"As we age, we face obstacles that are beyond our control," the sisters said in a statement. "Some forces are internal: insecurity, anxiety, fear. Some are external: the loss of loved ones, an unjust system and the fragility of time. Yet the mark of maturity is how you respond when you realize you're not in control. Where do you find your resilience?"
"This album is a reflection of us coming to terms with how to find our power in the face of an unfair world. These songs lead listeners past 'where happy man searches, to a place only mad women know.' We question our purpose, our relationships, our faith. Trading the fears of our youth for the dread that rages within us as mature women."
With 'Saturn Return,' our hope is that women can feel less alone in their journey through the modern world. We need each other more than we ever have; the less competition and the more inclusiveness and understanding, the better. We are southern women in the 21st century, convicted by our beliefs."
Originally from Muscle Shoals, AL, The Secret Sisters have released three acclaimed full-length albums since debuting in 2010 including their most recent, 2017's "You Don't Own Me Anymore, "which was produced by Carlile and the Hanseroth twins and received a nomination for Best Folk Album at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Tour dates are:
March 25-Brooklyn, NY-Murmrr Theatre*
March 27-Boston, MA-City Winery*
March 28-Philadelphia, PA-City Winery*
March 29-Alexandria, VA-The Birchmere*
March 31-Newport, KY-Southgate House Revival*
April 2-Chicago, IL-Old Town School of Folk*
April 3-Wausau, WI-The Grand Theater*
April 5-Minneapolis, MN-Varsity Theater*
April 6-Omaha, NE-Waiting Room*
April 8-Des Moines, IA-Wooly's*
April 9-Kansas City, MO-Knuckleheads*
April 10-Saint Louis, MO-Off Broadway*
April 24-Palm Springs, CA-Alibi
April 25-San Diego, CA-Casbah^
April 28-Los Angeles, CA-Lodge Room^
April 29-Berkeley, CA-Freight & Salvage^
May 1-Portland, OR-Revolution Hall+
May 2-Seattle, WA-Neptune Theatre+
June 10-Bury St. Edmunds, U.K.-The Apex
June 11-Bury, U.K.-The Met
June 13-Gateshead, U.K.-Sage Gateshead
June 14-Sheffield, U.K.-Firth Hall
June 16-Leeds U.K.-Brudenell Social Club
June 17-Milton Keynes, U.K.-The Stables
June 18-London, U.K.-Union Chapel
June 19-Bristol, U.K.-St. George's
June 21-Tunbridge Wells, U.K.-Black Deer Festival
June 24-Paris, France-Les Etoiles
June 25-Lier, Belgium-L'Avenir Site
June 26-Amsterdam, Netherlands-Paradiso
* with Logan Ledger
^ with Leslie Stevens
+ with Anna Tivel
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You Don't Own Me Anymore
Three albums into their career, the evolution of The Secret Sisters provide a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the listener. The beauty of their harmonies was evident from the first note, but their songwriting has progressed to the point that it deserves equal attention. "You Don't Own Me Anymore" is a high point for both their singing and writing abilities, mixing classic country music with modern Americana with a heavy dose of Faulkner-esque Southern Gothic atmosphere. »»»
Put Your Needle Down
There are some major changes and some not so big major changes on the second disc from Laura and Lydia Rogers, aka The Secret Sisters. One of the key changes is apparent at the get go with "Rattle My Bones," a song written in part by Brandi Carlile. The sound is dense, atmospheric with rat-a-tat drumming from Darren Weiss. That was in sharp contrast to the duo's self-titled debut of 3 ½ years ago. The leadoff song and single, "Tennessee Me," made it clear that the »»»
The Secret Sisters
T-Bone Burnett has produced albums from greats like Elvis Costello and B.B. King, so albums with his name on the back cover credits have a reputation to uphold. The debut album from The Secret Sisters certainly delivers. Made up of sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers, the women display gorgeous harmonies and a sunny flair that keeps their old school covers feeling fresh and young.
The album has two original songs and otherwise features nine covers by artists such as Hank Williams and Buck Owens. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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