The Grammy-nominated country folk siblings from Muscle Shoals, AL have exploded onto the Americana scene, due largely to their sweet, sisterly harmonies and their vintage Nashville/Southern gothic hybrid sound.
Anchored by the lush entwining dual voices of Lydia and Laura Rogers, the Secret Sisters evoke the classic sibling harmony groups of a bygone era- the Stanley Brothers, the Andrews Sisters, the Louvins, and the Carter Family all figure into their sound. But it’s clear that their music also comes from a deep sense of self, informed by their time spent growing up in church and the musically rich region of northern Alabama.
Lydia and Laura got their start in an open audition in Nashville, getting noticed by influential country producers Dave Cobb and T-Bone Burnett. Soon enough they were recording their self-titled debut record, produced by Cobb and released to widespread acclaim in 2010. Their classic harmonies and vintage honky-tonk style struck a nerve and the duo was off and running, touring the country and the major festivals. Their sophomore record, Put Your Needle Down, was helmed by the great T-Bone Burnett and made it to number 18 on the Billboard Country charts, but changes at the label combined with a conflict with their management led to the sisters discouraged and questioning their longevity in the music industry.
Thankfully, superstar singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile became the sisters’ champion, encouraging them to continue writing and performing, as well as offering to produce their new recording. The result was the critically adored You Don’t Own Me Anymore, a righteous blast of gothic Southern folk featuring the sisters’ trademark harmonies yet with a greater emphasis on their rapidly maturing songwriting. The album, put out by New West Records, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album.