From The Desk Of The Secret Sisters: Dylan LeBlanc

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: The Secret Sisters and Dylan LeBlanc got started in the music business right around the same time—we also all happen to be from Florence, Ala. This guy is a master of melody, can write songs like no other (“Roll The Dice,” “If the Creek Don’t Rise,” “Where Are You Now?”) and has created a genre all his own. We are massive fans of every record he’s put into the world, but his most recent, Cautionary Tale, is otherworldly and underrated. There are very few artists who can be called “legendary” in each generation; Dylan is on that level for us. We also love that he is on Single Lock Records, a label near and dear to our hearts. We hope you’ll give him a listen.