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September 6, 2012

Secret Sisters bring pure bluegrass to the Playhouse

CROSSVILLE — They’re one of the hottest new musical acts in the country, and on September 13 at 7:30, the Secret Sisters (sponsored by Crossville Ford-Lincoln Inc) will bring their angelic voices and unique harmonies to the Cumberland County Playhouse Mainstage for an evening of nostalgic bluegrass and country sounds.

The Secret Sisters — siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers — hail from the legendary musical hamlet of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Nurtured by an airtight familial camaraderie and “a love of music from all sides" gushes Laura — “our father, our mother’s side of the family, her mother and father — our church…all our cousins…” — the bond between Laura and Lydia is as deep as “the Tennessee river in springtime.”

After a stunning musical debut (recorded at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird studios), the Secret Sisters caught the attention of T Bone Burnett, who said, “I have been making music for over forty years and The Secret Sisters album is as close to pure as it gets… Listening to [them] sing, you hear in their voices a sound that is timeless and of the moment. You hear the history of rural American music from the 1920s and a reverence for every musical genre this country has produced. Popular music requires the absolute honesty of the Secret Sisters, and I'm thrilled to be involved in presenting them to the world.”

Opening for the Secret Sisters will be The Pine Hill Haints. The Haints are a traditional bluegrass/folk/honky-tonk/country band from Alabama, though the band members themselves describe their unique southern roots music as “Alabama Ghost Music.” While their catalog of songs comprises mainly original material, the band has also been known to cover traditional gospel ("Where the Soul of Man Never Dies," "Where the Roses Never Fade"), cowboy ("I Ride an Old Paint," "Back in the Saddle Again"), and folk ("Goodnight Irene," "Oh! Susanna/Camptown Races") songs.

Recently, a hit film brought even more notoriety to the Rogers siblings — their single, “Tomorrow Will be Kinder” was prominently featured in “The Hunger Games.” With characteristically Southern grace, Laura refers to their growing success as “one of those things that happens when you’re not looking. You just embrace it and be grateful.”

Currently running at the Playhouse are Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge (rated PG) through Oct. 26; and Backwards in High Heels (rated PG, sponsored by Uplands Village), the dance-filled musical biography of the legendary Gingers Rogers, running through Nov. 2. Opening on Sept. 6 is Five Guys Named Moe (rated PG), an exhilarating theatrical experience, complete with uproarious audience participation.

Tickets and information are also available for selected concerts at Crossville’s Palace Theater, Southern Symphonic Brass, and other events at www.ccplayhouse.com or by calling 484-5000. All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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