From The Desk Of The Secret Sisters: Adam Evans

Laura and Lydia Rogers came from a musical family but neither had seriously considered a career in music until Laura traveled to Nashville for an open audition, where she caught the ear of industry execs and producers. Asked to return for a follow-up, Laura brought Lydia along. Shortly thereafter, the Secret Sisters were on a plane to L.A. to record demos for their 2010 self-titled debut on Universal, produced by T Bone Burnett. Sophomore effort Put Your Needle Down followed in 2014. In the interim they toured with Bob Dylan and recorded with Jack White. Put Your Needle Down, a respectable album on the slick country-revival model, garnered uneven reviews. Then the Secret Sisters were dropped by their label, but they didn’t stop writing. The new You Don’t Own Me Anymore‘s cheeky title obliquely recalls the Secret Sisters’ major-label woes—as does much of the lyrical content—but the album (on New West) as a whole fits into a long tradition of country statements about survival past deep damage. Laura and Lydia will be guest editing all week, Read our new feature on them.

Laura and Lydia: Chef Adam Evans hails from Muscle Shoals, Ala., just down the road where we grew up in Killen. While on tour with John Paul White in Atlanta last summer, we were able to partake of Adam’s divine dishes at The Optimist in Atlanta. Adam has gotten his cooking chops from all over—from New Orleans to New York City. The Secret Sisters have never been lovers of seafood, but Adam somehow turned us into believers—everything he makes is completely fresh, innovative, delicious and beautifully plated. He just recently made a move to Birmingham, Ala., and we look forward to eating whatever he dreams up next.