Title - Ghost Stories
Artist - The Whitmore Sisters
For those unaware, The Whitmore Sisters will be releasing their new album Ghost Stories via Red House / Compass on January 21st, 2022.
Austin-based younger sister Bonnie is an accomplished solo artist as well as sidewoman. She has played bass and sung with some of the biggest artists in the Americana genre: Hayes Carll, John Moreland, Eliza Gilkyson, Sunny Sweeney, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, to name a few.
Los Angeles-based older sister Eleanor is half of the duo The Mastersons with her husband Chris, who produced this album and dubbed it capturing blood harmony in a pandemic, saying they worked in a Daniel Lanois type way, leaving the house in LA as little as possible.
Eleanor and Chris worked with Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings in the tracking band on the multi-Grammy award winning album, While Iím Liviní by Tanya Tucker.
The duo have also been members of Steve Earle and The Dukes since 2010 and recorded on all his records including, The Low Highway (2013).
1. Learn To Fly
2. The Ballad Of Sissy & Porter
3. Friends We Leave Behind
4. Hurtiní For A Letdown
5. Superficial World Of Love
6. Big Heart Sick Mind
7. Ghost Stories
9. By Design
10. On The Wings Of A Nightingale
11. Greek Tragedy
This stunning album, which falls under the Americana umbrella, but which will obviously appeal to anyone who is a fan of gorgeous vocals and indelible choruses, opens on the silken Learn To Fly and the positively joyous The Ballad Of Sissy & Porter and backs those up with the more somber-layered melodies of Friends We Leave Behind, the lush dancefloor swirl of Hurtiní For A Letdown and then comes the balladry gossamer of Superficial World Of Love.
Next up is their playfully rambunctious rendition of Aaron Lee Tasjanís Big Heart Sick Mind and the ornately sculptured title track Ghost Stories and backs those up seamlessly with the foot-tapping hipsway of Ricky, the quieter ballad By Design, the album rounding out on the harmoniously beautiful On The Wings Of A Nightingale (which was actually written by Paul McCartney for The Everly Brothers), coming to a close on the soaringly majestic Greek Tragedy.
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