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Saturday, 28 January 2012

Gigs - The Secret Sisters - The Ruby Lounge

Star rating – 9/10

The Secret Sisters are Laura and Lydia Rogers - a couple of simply charming real life sisters from Alabama, whose love of their country music heritage, courtesy of their parents, shines through their music. In their latest gig at The Ruby Lounge they delighted the audience with their warmth and musical talent.

I first caught them supporting Ray LaMontagne last year at the Bridgewater Hall, and thought they were great. But their beautiful harmonies, with voices that wrap around each other perfectly, sound even better in a more intimate venue. They performed great tracks from their first self titled 2010 album like ‘Tennessee Me’, which they claim not to like much but is a real cheesy crowd pleaser; and their cover of a lovely old Irish folk song ‘Do You Love An Apple’.

The covered country standards like Hank Williams’ ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’, as well as tracks by Crosby, Stills and Nash; and Skeeter Davis, who was a new one on me but well worth checking out – inspirational as she was to many including the legendary (in my house anyway) Tammy Wynette. The sisters talk fondly of their southern roots, while being very aware of the stereotypes applied of that part of the US. One of their new songs, ‘Tomorrow will be Kinder’ was written by Lydia about a tornado that hit in Alabama when they were touring in Australia.

They seem very grounded, happy and charming personalities, with elder sister Laura doing most of the chatting. They are currently recording their second album which will have more self penned tracks on it – so look out for them here again sometime soon. Their voices are great, and they just make you want to smile with their lovely depressing songs. Pure country magic!

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