Role Models: Secret Sisters
Wanna know a secret? Lydia and Laura Rogers, the golden-voiced siblings behind The Secret Sisters, can do a lot more than sing. On Put Your Needle Down, the Rogers show off their writing chops, too, filling the songs full of mid-century country melodies and sassy turns of phrase. We tracked them down to see what other secrets might be lying up their vintage sleeves.
You grew up in the south, and your music reflects that. Why record this album in Los Angeles?
Lydia Rogers: We still live in Muscle Shoals, but we really wanted this album to move in a new direction. Going to L.A. got us out of our home and into someone else’s. T Bone [Burnett] is out here, too.
T Bone was involved with the first record, but this is the first time he’s produced an entire album for you.
Lydia: On our first album, he helped with mixing, mastering and overall career guidance. He was really good about helping us make a statement about who we were as artists. This time around, we decided it just made sense to do a record with him from the ground up. There’s a reason everybody respects him. He’s brilliant in the studio.
What else has changed?
Lydia: This time, we wrote most of the songs. I think we only had two original songs on the first one, so we’re trying to prove ourselves as songwriters here. It’s a darker sound.
Laura Rogers: On the first record, we were still so new and inexperienced with everything. That was a really beautiful moment, because our fans were able to follow along as we grew. We sounded really sweet and angelic and southern. This time around, everything is bigger and heavier.
Laura: We got into the sound of early rock and roll. Louder drums, louder instrumentation. Our vocals have developed over the past couple years of touring, too, and we’ve learned how to make them more emotional. It’s almost a Southern gospel feel.
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