Aug 10, 2018
About This Episode
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.
About Michael Perry
Michael Perry is a New York Times
bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn,
Perry’s bestselling memoirs include
Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom, and
his latest, Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through
Philosophy. His first book for young readers, The Scavengers, was
published in 2014 and first novel for adult readers, The Jesus Cow,
was published in May of 2015.
Raised on a small Midwestern dairy
farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a
ranch in Wyoming, then wandered into writing. He lives with his
wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the
local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an intermittent pig
farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,”
performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long
Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down
Records). He has recorded three live humor albums including Never
Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues.
Learn more about Michael and where
to get his publications at www.sneezingcow.com.
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