The Secret Sisters, "The Secret Sisters"


The Secret Sisters are certainly out in the open now, thanks to a vinyl single with Jack White and a debut album done under the patronage of executive producer T Bone Burnett. The two auteurs' interest in the Alabama duo is hardly surprising, because the not-so-secret sisters, Laura and Lydia Rogers, are for real and about as pure as it gets. Recorded with polish and pluck at Nashville's Blackbird Studio, the 11 tracks on their self-titled debut set sound like they could've been captured at any of the family picnics or church services where the Secret Sisters honed their harmonies singing Doc Watson, Everly Brothers and spirituals. The Rogers' good taste and adroit touch are evident on buoyant takes of George Jones' "Why Baby Why" and Buck Owens' "My Heart Skips a Beat," a gentler and slightly Latin-tinged look at Frank Sinatra's "Something Stupid" and a loping, attitude-fueled version of Hank Williams' "Why Don't You Love Me." Elsewhere, the easygoing songs "Tennessee Me" and smoothly uptempo "Waste the Day" speak to Laura Rogers' songwriting vision for the duo.