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Fayetteville Roots Festival Profile: The Secret Sisters


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Since sisters Lydia and Laura Rogers were discovered in 2010 at an open audition in Nashville, they’ve made two records with legendary producer, T Bone Burnett, recorded and released a single with White Stripes frontman Jack White, and completed an unfinished Bob Dylan song. They just got of a nationwide tour with acclaimed bluegrass band Nickel Creek, they’ve played on Letterman and Leno (they’ll be on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this Friday, Aug. 22), recorded songs for hit movie soundtracks, lifted spirits and broken hearts with their smooth harmonies and retro inspired mash-up of country, Americana, blues, folk, and gospel music. Soon, the band will be in town for a 5 p.m. appearance at the Fayetteville Town Center as part of the Fayetteville Roots Festival, set for Aug. 28-31 at various locations around the city. We got in touch with Lydia and Laura from the band recently, and they were nice enough to answer some questions for us.

What have you been listening to lately?

Well, we’ve both been pretty obsessed with the band Dawes lately. Absolutely killer songwriting and playing and singing. Also, Gillian Welch is pretty much always in rotation. We also love the new Jenny Lewis album. It’s nice to love music that is made by artists who are current. We love music from decades ago, but it’s fun to actually be able to see these younger artists perform and put out music.

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You’ve have had a pretty crazy year. Touring with Nickel Creek. Working in the studio with T. Bone Burnett. Tell us a bit about both of those things.

Touring with Nickel Creek was incredible. We’ve been diehard fans of theirs since their very first record, so to be given the opportunity to support them on their reunion tour was such a big deal to us. In fact, we both cried when we found out about the offer. The shows were so fun, with amazing crowds in beautiful venues. It was just dreamy, and the perfect way to launch our new album. Speaking of that album, T Bone! There is so much that can be said about working with him. He’s one of the smartest people we’ve ever met, with a very keen grasp on music history, and even the future of music. Making our second album with him was an absolute honor, and we feel that we learned so much from him. It was a great moment, building our songs from the ground up with him. We were all on the same page about what this album needed to be, and he helped us get a handle on it. We always say that if we were two-thirds of this record, T Bone is the rest. It absolutely wouldn’t be the same, or as good, without his contributions.

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Have you guys ever been to Fayetteville? What’s your impression of the place (if so or if not)?

We actually haven’t been to Fayetteville, but have heard all about it from our Little Rock friends! It always sounds like a place we should visit, and we’ve fallen in love with the other parts of Arkansas that we’ve discovered recently, so we sure are excited to check it out!

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Dustin Bartholomew is the co-founder of Fayetteville Flyer, an online publication covering all things news, art and life in Fayetteville, Arkansas since 2007. A graduate of the Department of English at the University of Arkansas and a lifelong resident of the area, he still lives in east Fayetteville with his son Hudson, daughter Evelyn, his wife Brandy, and his two dogs Lily and Steve. On occasion, he tickles the ivories in a local band called The Good Fear.

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