Jam: Tennessee Me
Good to jam: At a small, countryside gathering, that's lit by a bonfire and packed with the entirety of the miniscule town that came together to eat grits and have old-fashioned entertainment from the talented sisters who have been in hiding down the wobbly road in a barn
With no former experience besides singing in church and belting tunes around bonfires, The Secret Sisters from a small town in Alabama decided to try their luck at a record label's audition in Tennessee and were immediately shipped on their first plane ride to LA to record an album. To make the story even better, these Secret Sisters recorded their entire album in about two weeks using "vintage microphones and 'throwback' recording techniques down to the same type of tape they would have used fifty years ago" in order to sound just like their album when they perform live.
Check out the new album released late last year to hear old country classic covers including Bill Monroe's "The One I Love Is Gone," Buck Owens' "My Heart Skips a Beat," Hank Williams' "Why Don't You Love Me," and "House of Gold," and my personal favorite jam on the album, the cover of Frank Sinatras' "Somethin' Stupid."
While I'm not normally a huge country fan, this album has something for everybody. From full-on honky-tonk songs for all those rustic rangers out there, to more simple, 50's-sounding, folkish melodies for the others, just about anyone can benefit. I think in the end it's safe to say that the world is extremely thankful that these sisters finally made their way out of the barn and are no longer a secret.