If you’re like me, you see that surname and you think, “that Haden?” As in, the same family as the venerable jazz bassist Charlie, whose mile-long credentials and reputation precede him? And the answer would be yes. Charlie is Dad to Tanya, Rachel, and Petra — three women who, as their bio indicates, were born “mere seconds apart from each other,” and whose musical pedigree is evident on every track of their debut album.
This is a collection of classic country songs that will never sound dated if they are presented with the same kind of honesty and simplicity that is evident here. This is sitting-on-the-front-porch-in-summer music, and indeed the bulk of the album was recorded around one microphone in the church-like acoustics of Tanya’s early-1900s-era home. When making an album like this, it helps if you’re working with that preternatural kind of vocal blend that siblings tend to possess, and also if you have the talents of someone like Ry Cooder to produce it. Oh, and the indie cred of Jack White’s Third Man Records label doesn’t hurt, either.
So, with all these pieces in place, it’s not surprising that the album is a winner. Those harmonies I mentioned are in spine-tingling evidence on tracks like Kitty Wells’ “Making Believe” and The Louvin Brothers’ “My Baby’s Gone,” and the sisters’ instrumental chops (Rachel on bass, Petra on violin) are shown off with understated elegance on “Raining.” These ladies are the real deal, in other words, and the big guns they have lined up to help make this album are obviously doing it because they recognize talent when they see it.
But don’t take my (or their) word for it. Watch the album’s promo video and see if you agree.
Triplet sisters sing classic front-porch country songs in impeccable harmonies.