The Secret Sisters sign with New West
Friday, April 7, 2017
– The Secret Sisters signed to New West Records and will release a new disc, "You Don't Own Me Anymore" on June 9.
The 12-song set was produced by Brandi Carlile and her collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth. The release is Laura and Lydia Rogers' first new record in more than three years.
The Secret Sisters also announced their initial tour dates in support of the new album launching May 13 in their hometown of Florence, Ala.
An open audition in Nashville in 2009 lead The Secret Sisters to a major label deal and a debut album produced by T Bone Burnett and Dave Cobb. Followed by a tour with Levon Helm and Ray LaMontagne, the sisters found themselves sharing stages with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Paul Simon, issuing a single produced by Jack White and released by his Third Man Records, as well as releasing a second album with Burnett at the helm. But Universal dropped The Secret Sisters after putting out "Put Your Needle Down" in 2014.
They retreated to their homes in Northern Alabama where they started embracing what could be a future without music. "It was a nightmare that every day seemed to worsen," said Laura. "We went through things we literally never thought we would come out of."
Lydia said, "It had just gotten so bad, the only option was to file bankruptcy."
They cleaned house and performed occasional concerts. Then, Brandi Carlile - someone whom The Secret Sisters have admired for years - offered to produce their next record. Soon after, a PledgeMusic campaign was launched which raised half of their goal in just 48 hours (and exceeded it in just over a month) with nearly 1,500 fans coming forward to personally help them rebuild.
"Brandi, Phil, and Tim had never produced a record for anybody but themselves," said Laura. "We are all artists, and we could include our opinions. I felt like everyone was an equal force in the room. It is often lost on producers that you actually have to go perform your song on a stage - it's easy to get so caught up on the production that you don't discuss how this all will translate - but Brandi innately understood that."
"The only way we could have completely healed was to have written an entire record," says Laura. "I think we were just in the wrong parts of the machine," says her sister. "We feel like we have learned where not to be, and where to go."
The track listing is:
1. Tennessee River Runs Low
3. Carry Me
5. Kathy's Song
6. He's Fine
7. To All the Girls Who Cry
8. Little Again
9. You Don't Own Me Anymore
10. The Damage
11. 'Til It's Over
12. Flee as a Bird
Tour dates are:
April 29 - Huntsville, AL @ Panoply Arts Festival
May 13 - Florence, AL @ 116 E Mobile
May 14 - Decatur, GA @ Eddie's Attic
May 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ WCL upstairs
May 17 - Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
May 19 - Bay Shore, NY @ YMCA Boulton Center
May 20 - Fall River, MA @ Narrows Center for the Arts
May 22 - Boston, MA @ Cafe 939
May 23 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
May 24 - Pawling, NY @ Daryl's House
May 25 - Cleveland, OH @ Music Box Supper Club
May 26 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
May 27 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
May 28 - Nashville, TN @ 3rd and Lindsley
June 2 - Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abbey Arts Center
June 3 - Portland, OR @ The Old Church
June 6 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
June 7 - Los Angeles, CA @ Largo at the Coronet
June 8 - Del Mar, CA @ Brick 15
June 22 - St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
June 23 - Davenport, IA @ Redstone Room
June 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar Cultural Center
June 25 - Evanston, IL @ S.P.A.C.E.
Aug. 4 - Grass Valley, CA @ Center for the Arts
Aug. 24 - Brownfield, ME @ Stone Mountain Arts Center
Aug. 25 - Rockland, ME @ The Strand Theatre
Aug. 27 - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
Sept. 27 - Louisville, KY @ WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays
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You Don't Own Me Anymore
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