The Secret Sisters -- siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers -- may be a country duo, but their eclectic musical background filters into their sound.
“We grew up listening from everything to classic country to bluegrass to gospel to pop," Laura tells Billboard. "Dad was big into Crosby, Stills & Nash, Fleetwood Mac and Linda Ronstadt. We have a little bit of a '70s sound, but with also being two young women in modern times, there’s some modern sounds that find their way in there. I don’t like to be in a corner. I think we made a record that has something for everybody. I think that no matter what your musical tastes might be, there’s at least one song you like -- no matter what.”
Though their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Put Your Needle Down, was originally released in May (and peaked at No. 18 on the Hot Country Albums chart), the Muscle Shoals, Ala., natives are back with an extended version of the disc, available at home-cooking restaurant chain Cracker Barrel. “We thought they were just going to release the album as is, but they said ‘We would actually like to put some additional tracks on it,’" says Laura. "That was great, because we got to go back to the tracks we had recorded for the second record. It was nice to have an avenue to release those songs that we were so proud of.”
The Cracker Barrel edition of the album features a pair of new tracks, including “You’ve Got It Wrong,” which was written by the sisters and inspired by "a heartbreaking situation that I went through," explains Laura. "It was very simple, and we wrote it in a couple of hours. It’s in the vein of a more traditional country sound -- moreso than the rest of the record. We tried to get out of that box a little with the other songs, but that’s one of the reasons I like that one so much is that it’s in a familiar song territory for us.”
On the other end of the musical spectrum is “Next Sunday,” which was inspired by sister Lydia’s budding romance with her now-fiance. “I think it may be the happiest song we’ve ever written because it’s just about missing someone and being ready to see them," says Laura. "We were sitting at my house, and my sister had just started dating a guy who she is marrying next month, and she was missing him. She was going to see him the next Sunday, and she was saying, ‘I want it to be next Sunday.’ It was kind of a joke, but it turned out to be a really fun song that is very true to who we are as artists.”
The sisters have a love and appreciation of the music of The Everly Brothers. In fact, the duo will be participating in an Oct. 25 tribute show to the Everlys at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, with Don Everly scheduled to be in attendance. Laura says that she and Lydia are counting down the days. “I just found out about that offer. I was curious about who was playing, and the first thing I saw was that Don was supposed to be there. There will be tears shed. It will be emotional," she says. "I cry just thinking about it. ‘Lonely Island’ was actually an Everly song, and we’re going to do that at the Hall of Fame -- I hope he approves.”