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5 Quick Holiday Questions with The Secret Sisters

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Photo of (left to right) Lydia and Laura at a Christmas from years gone by.

5 Quick Holiday Questions with The Secret Sisters

Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?  We both prefer hot chocolate! 

What is Your Favorite Holiday Tradition?  We are very family oriented, with lots of relatives on each side of our family.  Our favorite pasttime is getting together over a home cooked meal with our whole family, playing games and acting silly together.  It’s the best part of the holidays.

What was your favorite Christmas present as a child?  Our dad didn’t have sons, so one Christmas he bypassed the Barbies and baby dolls and bought us a remote controlled racetrack.  We were confused when we opened it, but we ended up loving it!

How did you learn the truth about Santa Claus?  Laura, the oldest of us, received that revelation from some of her school friends, and was instructed by our parents to keep it a secret from Lydia, so she could enjoy a few more years of naïveté.

What is Your Favorite Christmas Song?  For Laura, it’s “Little Drummer Boy,” and for Lydia, it’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

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The Secret Sisters, a duo comprised of sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers, wrote or co-wrote all but three of the songs on their new Put Your Needle Down: Deluxe Edition.   The original version of Put Your Needle Down was released by Universal Republic Records on Apr. 15, 2014, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Folk Album Chart.

The album, produced by T Bone Burnett, contains two brand-new and exclusive bonus tracks (for a total of 14 songs) and retails for $11.99 at all 632 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. The digital version is available at  iTunes and Amazon.com.

The Secret Sisters’ Release “Put Your Needle Down: Deluxe Edition” Available NOW at Cracker Barrel

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has releaseed Put Your Needle Down: Deluxe Edition, an exclusive and expanded edition of the critically-acclaimed album from The Secret Sisters. The album, produced by T Bone Burnett, contains two brand-new and exclusive bonus tracks (for a total of 14 songs) and retails for $11.99 at all 632 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. The digital version will be available beginning tomorrow, Tuesday Aug. 5, via iTunes and Amazon.com.

The original version of Put Your Needle Down was released by Universal Republic Records on Apr. 15, 2014, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Folk Album Chart. In its review, USA Today wrote that the album was “…steeped in exquisite sibling harmonies…” People also praised their vocal talent and musical versatility, stating that The Secret Sisters “…blend country, folk, blues and gospel as naturally as they harmonize their voices.” Southern Utah’s The Independent praised the project, saying “From start to finish, Put Your Needle Down is one of the best country albums I’ve heard in quite a long while, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up on my top 10 best albums list of 2014. It’s that good.”

The Secret Sisters, a duo comprised of sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers, wrote or co-wrote all but three of the songs on Put Your Needle Down: Deluxe Edition. Other composers contributing to the album include legends (Bob Dylan and Boudleaux Bryant), artists (Brandi Carlile and PJ Harvey), and noted songwriters (Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth, Angelo Petraglia, Gordie Sampson, and Dan Wilson).

The Secret Sisters Release ‘Put Your Needle Down’ at Cracker Barrel

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and The Secret Sisters announce the release of Put Your Needle Down: Deluxe Edition, which will be available on August 4th exclusively at all 630 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. The digital album will also be available for purchase at select digital retailers. Put Your Needle Down: Deluxe Edition contains two brand-new and exclusive bonus tracks not found on the regular edition that was released in April. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album contains 14 songs and will sell for $11.99.

Rolling Stone praised The Secret Sisters for their “ethereal harmonies” on the album while NPR commented that “Real life sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers are as flawlessly retro as ‘Mad Men’ and as lively and bold as Bettie Page, and their voices ring in impeccable harmonies that soar straight into the Everly Brothers’ territory.” The New York Times commended them for “…writing songs that hark back to vintage country storytelling” and went on to say “it’s no wonder the producer T Bone Burnett teamed up with them; they’re devoted to the rootsy anachronism, the throwback with modern savvy.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram said, “Like orchids blooming in the swamp, The Secret Sisters embody beauty amid harshness….[they] make music with echoes of the past — everyone from the Everly Brothers and Kitty Wells to Simon & Garfunkel and Emmylou Harris lingers in the background like shadows — that enriches the present day.” And, the UK’s Independent wrote “These songs bounce, buzz and bubble along with timeless life. And jeez louise, those harmonies!”

“Cracker Barrel has always offered classic Southern food and fun items updated for modern tastes to our guests, just as The Secret Sisters embrace classic musical traditions and add their own unique modern spin,” said Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “We are excited to release an exclusive Deluxe Edition of The Secret Sisters’ album. We know our guests will enjoy their great songs and those beautiful sibling harmonies.”

“We grew up eating home-grown, Southern comfort food made mostly by our grandmothers,” said both Laura and Lydia. “Cracker Barrel has always been a top choice for us, because eating there reminds us of home and the meals we shared so often with our family. We both have a soft spot for meals at Cracker Barrel, which is what makes us excited about this exclusive music program and being able to release Put Your Needle Down in a Deluxe Edition format. We always want to give more to our fans, so being able to offer two additional songs on the Deluxe Edition CD is something that makes us very happy.”

The Secret Sisters wrote or co-wrote all but three of the songs on Put Your Needle Down: Deluxe Edition. Songwriters featured on the album include Boudleaux Bryant, Brandi Carlile, Bob Dylan, Polly Jean Harvey (aka PJ Harvey), Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth, Angelo Petraglia, Gordie Sampson, and Dan Wilson. The songs on the album are:

1) “Rattle My Bones” (written by Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, and Tim Hanseroth)
2) “Iuka” (written by Laura Rogers, Lydia Rogers, and Dan Wilson)
3) “Dirty Lie” (written by Bob Dylan, Laura Rogers, and Lydia Rogers)
4) “The Pocket Knife” (written by Polly Jean Harvey)
5) “Let There Be Lonely” (written by Laura Rogers, Lydia Rogers, and Gordie Sampson)
6) “Black and Blue” (written by Brandi Carlile, Laura Rogers, and Lydia Rogers)
7) “Lonely Island” (written by Boudleaux Bryant)
8) “I Can Not Find A Way” (written by Laura and Lydia Rogers)
9) “If I Don’t” (written by Laura and Lydia Rogers)
10) “Good Luck, Good Night, Goodbye” (written by Angelo Petraglia, Laura Rogers, and Lydia Rogers)
11) “Bad Habit” (written by Brandi Carlile, Laura Rogers, and Lydia Rogers)
12) “River Jordan” (written by Laura and Lydia Rogers)

BONUS TRACKS:

13) “You’ve Got It Wrong” (written by Laura and Lydia Rogers)
14) “Next Sunday” (written by Laura and Lydia Rogers)

For more information on The Secret Sisters, visit SecretSistersBand.com.

The Secret Sisters New Album “Put Your Needle Down” Lands At #1 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart

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The Secret Sisters long-awaited second album, Put Your Needle Down has landed at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The Alabama duo’s critically-acclaimed sophomore set was produced by the iconic T Bone Burnett, and marks a giant creative step forward for siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers. Put Your Needle Down is currently available at iTunes and other select retailers via Republic Records.

The album’s 12 songs – primarily written or co-written by Laura and Lydia – seamlessly blend an exciting and decidedly Southern patchwork of country, blues, Americana, folk, rock and gospel.

The album is preceded by the new single “Rattle My Bones,” hopping from a guitar gallop into sweet, soaring harmonies from Laura and Lydia, it taps into a delightfully entrancing energy that’s both enigmatic and endearing. The new album also features the he-said-she-said accusations of “Dirty Lie,” co-written with Bob Dylan. An unfinished song they brought to life, Dylan started writing “Dirty Lie” back in the ’80s and when he heard that The Secret Sisters were recording a new album, he sent several demos to them for their consideration and gave the Sisters the nod to finish the song and record it.

Put Your Needle Down illuminates the many facets of this diverse, dynamic, and darling twosome and sways from the soulful mourning of “Let There Be Lonely” to the coy “murder ballad” “Iuka”, and the uplifting musical baptism of “River Jordan”.

In support of the album’s release, The Secret Sisters are currently supporting country trio Nickel Creek on its entire US reunion tour in April and May.

Put Your Needle Down Track Listing:
1. Rattle My Bones
2. Iuka
3. Dirty Lie
4. The Pocket Knife
5. Let There Be Lonely
6. Black And Blue
7. Lonely Island
8. I Cannot Find A Way
9. If I Don’t
10. Good Luck Good Night Goodbye
11. Bad Habit
12. River Jordan

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