In 1993, country music lost two of its shining stars. Like twin flames that burned a little too brightly, The Famous Haydell Sisters--Mattie and Maybelle--imploded like two type II supernovae.
But only temporarily.
Over twenty years in the making, this is the culmination of a career fraught with ups and downs, with smash hits and abysmal personal lows. Once hailed as the teenage queens of the country music scene, Mattie and Maybelle’s popularity tanked in 1993 amid very public scandals involving romance, the legal system, and the governmental powers that be. The sisters scarcely spoke to one another, let alone their adoring public, until their much-anticipated reunion in 2013.
The album you hold in your hands is an honest retrospective of their career, re-visioned and re-recorded for a new generation. Featuring hits you remember from such albums as “Country Heart City Life” (1990), “Too Short a Ride” (1991) and “Bring ‘Em Back” (1993), but stripped down. No band, no special effects, no retouching. A mature, vulnerable interpretation by two women looking back on their own work while looking forward to what’s to come.
released February 21, 2015
Mattie Haydell--vocals, bass
Maybelle Haydell--vocals, guitar
Recorded and engineered by Mickell Haydell and Mike Pumphrey in Portland, OR, 2015.
Cover photo by Chelsea Petrakis
Special thanks: Cousin JJ “Patrick Short” Haydell, Joe Bourguignon, Dave Carrico, Ian Barrett, Csz Portland, Those Crazy Yarboroughs
Produced and performed by Donna Kay Yarborough and Sadie Bowman
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