With all the changes in popular music over the decades, the stereotypes about being…
- Posted on Oct 12th 2010 5:30PM by Marina Galperina
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"We were spoon-fed bluegrass out of a bowl," Laura recalled. Muscle Shoals is brimming with musical heritage, but it was the girls' musical family that "cushioned" them with music. As soon as they were "old enough to have immunity systems," they were learning to sing along with old gospel tunes at church, weaving their voices into harmonies with strangers and playing guitar in the living room with their dad. When asked about the moment they realized they make a lovely sounding duo, they answered, "We don't know, because we don't know any different. It's innate."
Three days after auditioning for Universal Republic in New York last fall, the sisters had a record deal; months later, they were recording with Burnett and White. "We didn't know it was marketable at all," Lydia admits of their sound. "Where we come from, everybody sings like this." Laura adds, "For two girls from Alabama who never saw it coming, it's been crazy and humbling."
The Secret Sisters wowed Spinner with their cover of 'Tonight You Belong to Me' from the movie 'The Jerk' and the Burnett-chosen 'The One I Love Is Gone.' "Working with T-Bone is ridiculously humbling," Laura says. "He was able to find the perfect songs for us from his great mental bank. He's a preservationist and maybe it was something about our old souls and nostalgia that latched him on to us." Yet, the girls insisted that they "don't just wake up in the morning and take a trip back to the 1950s. We are modern girls who like music from today." After professing their love for Rufus Wainwright, the duo then covered 'Do You Love an Apple,' an Irish song they once heard the singer-songwriter perform with his sister, Martha.
On playing with Costello, Lydia admitted that "It's hard not to be a little fan girl." Watching Jack White shred on his guitar turned their "eyes the size of breakfast plates." As for performing with Dylan, Laura recalled, "I was standing by Bob Dylan's son, thinking 'He looks like his daddy,' and then came my part and I flubbed it because I was too distracted." Amidst the whirlwind, they're happy to be accepted as who they really are: two country girls who'd ditch upscale parties and high heels for pajamas and shucking corn with the family back home. For them, the best part of it all is "seeing somebody in the audience crying over a song you've just sung and knowing that nothing else matters." Check out our exclusive video interview below.
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