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 magnetmagazine.com all week, Read our new feature on them.
Laura and Lydia: When we have friends visit our hometown, this place is one of the first stops we suggest they visit. Trowbridge’s is a charming little ice cream parlour/sandwich shop on the main street running through downtown and has been in operation since 1918! The dining area is small, but the old-fashioned charm and the yummy sandwiches and shakes make for a fun eating experience. Our favorite menu item is the chicken-salad sandwich, followed by a scoop of birthday-cake ice cream to wash it down.