Feb 10, 2018
There are two ways of handling a dangerous, raging river: you
can surrender and let it carry you away, or you can swim against
the flow. For The Secret Sisters, there was a point after the
release of their last record when they could have chosen to do
neither – instead, sinking to the bottom as the weight of the world
washed away their dreams. They went from touring with Bob Dylan to
losing their label, purging their team, filing bankruptcy and
almost permanently trading harmonies for housecleaning. But there's
a mythical pull to music that kept sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers
moving forward, and they came out with a biting and beautiful third
LP, produced by Brandi Carlile, You Don't Own Me Anymore.
Their first as New West signees, it's a document of hardship and redemption, of pushing forward when it would be so much easier to drown in grief. And it's a story about how passion and pure artistry can be the strongest sort of salvation – how art is left, like perfect grains of sand, when everything else has washed away.
Big Top was happy to welcome The Secret Sisters to the tent in 2017, a magical performance featured in this episode.