The Secret Sisters: You Don't Own Me Anymore
- Fiona Shepherd
- 8 June 2017
Sweetly defiant third album from sister duo Laura and Lydia Rogers
There's no shortage of sister harmony outfits in roots music, with the Pierces, the Staves, and Joseph all charming audiences in the past few years. But the discovery of the Secret Sisters at an open audition in Nashville rings like a story from a bygone age. When they first emerged to instant recognition in 2009, Laura and Lydia Rogers were a candy-striped retro dream and a bluegrass Beverley Sisters. Sumptuous singers in their own right, this ravishing double act put a female harmony spin on an old-time folk and country repertoire.
But that story includes hard times, menial jobs and legal tussles once they were dropped by their label, mercifully followed by a lifeline in the form of fellow country roots lover Brandi Carlile, who swooped in to produce this delicious and sweetly defiant third album. The Secret Sisters have responded to their travails with a lightness of touch, sidestepping the temptation to embrace a brash modern pop style purely for greater commercial returns.