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The Secret Sisters

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The Secret Sisters—Laura and Lydia Rogers—grapple with love and loss on new album Saturn Return, due out [DATE].

Saturn Return is the Alabama-based duo’s second release for New West Records. Like its predecessor, 2017’s Grammy-nominated You Don’t Own Me Anymore, the record was produced by Brandi Carlile and Phil and Tim Hanseroth.

The elements that made listeners fall in love with the band’s 2010 self-titled debut album—sweet, strong voices, carefully crafted musical arrangements, and soul-baring songwriting—are still present, but there’s also newfound confidence and individuality.

The album is named after an astrological occurrence in which the planet Saturn returns to the same place in the sky that it occupied at the moment of a person’s birth. During this phase, which happens approximately every 29 ½ years, said Laura, a woman “comes into her own and has this awakening in herself about who she is as a person. It can also be a very traumatic time where your whole world just seems to radically shift.”

“When this is happening, you begin to feel the pressure of time and awareness of your own mortality,” Lydia added. “It brings the important aspects of life into sharper clarity and it centers your mind on what’s really important.”

Recorded in Carlile’s home studio in Washington state, Saturn Return heralds the arrival of a new era of The Secret Sisters, who both experienced their first Saturn returns while making the record. Carlile challenged the sisters to sing as individuals instead of relying solely on close harmony singing, and for the first time, Laura and Lydia performed separately in the studio. This is also the first album in which The Secret Sisters composed all the songs without any co-writers.

Death and life entwine like newlyweds’ fingers throughout Saturn Return. Shortly after the sisters began writing for this album, both of their grandmothers passed away within a week of one other. At the same time, the sisters were preparing to start families of their own.

The record begins with “Silver,” a prescient meditation on motherhood and the beauty found in the hard-won wisdom that comes with age, and the sisters share one another’s sorrow in closing track “Healer in the Sky,” an understated ballad—written by Lydia and sung by Laura—that builds into a moment of catharsis.

First single “Cabin,” written from the perspective of a woman who has been assaulted, haunts listeners long after the song’s final notes fade away. The song—a battle cry for the mistreated and mishandled—was written while Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings dominated the media. “He did not have permission / But he had his way / If I tell his secret, they won’t believe me anyway,” the duo sings over wailing guitar.

During The Secret Sisters’ live performances, “Cabin” has become a battle cry for those who have been mistreated or struggle with the long-lasting impact of trauma. Said Laura, “This song was our way of saying, ‘We hear you, and we know it hurts…we know you’re not over it and that’s okay.’”

Grief never fully disappears, and the joy found in its wake is sweeter because of it. After recording Saturn Return, both Lydia and Laura welcomed their first children. “Hold You Dear,” a tender ballad laced with piano and strings, was written in fifteen minutes by a thrilled and terrified Laura the day she learned she was pregnant. Infectious “Hand Over My Heart” captures the freewheeling thrill of finding true love, while “Late Bloomer,” written by Lydia, is an anthem celebrating those who, like The Secret Sisters, ignore trends and flourish their own way, at their own time.

With Saturn Return, The Secret Sisters have truly come into their own as artists, songwriters, and singers. “I’ve come to feel like this is what we were meant to do,” said Lydia. “That’s a really good feeling.”

 

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Jan 12 2021
The Apex
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
Jan 13 2021
Brudenell Social Club
Leeds, United Kingdom
Jan 14 2021
The Stables
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Jan 16 2021
Biddulph Town Hall
Biddulph, United Kingdom
Jan 17 2021
St George's Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom
Jan 18 2021
Union Chapel
London, United Kingdom
Jan 20 2021
The Hubs
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Jan 21 2021
Sage Gateshead
Gateshead, United Kingdom
Jan 24 2021
The Met
Bury, United Kingdom
Mar 08 2021
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, AZ
Mar 09 2021
Casbah
San Diego, CA
Mar 11 2021
Lodge Room Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 12 2021
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
Berkeley, CA
Mar 14 2021
Revolution Hall
Portland, OR
Mar 17 2021
Neptune Theatre
Seattle, WA
Mar 18 2021
Tower Theatre
Bend, OR
Apr 14 2021
Birchmere
Alexandria, VA
Apr 16 2021
City Winery Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
Apr 17 2021
Murmurr Theatre
Brooklyn, NY
Apr 18 2021
City Winery Boston
Boston, MA
Apr 18 2021
City Winery Boston
Boston, MA
May 13 2021
Memorial Hall
Cincinnati, OH
May 14 2021
Off Broadway
St. Louis, MO
May 15 2021
Off Broadway
St. Louis, MO
May 16 2021
Knuckleheads Saloon
Kansas City, MO
May 18 2021
Varsity Theater
Minneapolis, MN
May 19 2021
Pablo Center at the Confluence
Eau Claire, WI
May 20 2021
The Grand Theatre
Wausau, WI
May 21 2021
Old Town School of Folk Music
Chicago, IL
Jun 18 2021
St. Barnabas Church
Oxford, United Kingdom
Jun 19 2021
Black Deer Festival
Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Jun 20 2021
Glee Club
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Jun 23 2021
Paradiso
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jun 24 2021
De Oosterpoort
Da Groningen, Netherlands
Jun 26 2021
Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jun 27 2021
L'Avenirsite
Lier, Belgium

News

05/06/2020

The Secret Sisters Livestream – Thursday, May 7th!

NPR Music Live Sessions 7pm ET https://livesessions.npr.org/live/the-secret-sisters

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04/10/2020

The Secret Sisters Livestream – Sunday, April 12th!

Easter Sunday Livestream Facebook & Instagram Live 5pm ET https://www.instagram.com/thesecretsisters/

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11/15/2019

THE SECRET SISTERS’ NEW ALBUM SATURN RETURN OUT FEBRUARY 28 PRODUCED BY BRANDI CARLILE AND TIM AND PHIL HANSEROTH LISTEN TO THE FIRST SINGLE “CABIN”

“How would you feel if you got the opportunity to make your favorite band’s album?”—Brandi Carlile Grammy-nominated The Secret Sisters’ new album, Saturn Return, will be released February 28 on…

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