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The Haden Triplets

The Haden Triplets (Third Man)

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., March 14, 2014

SXSW 2014 Records

The Haden Triplets

(Third Man)

Yes, they're really triplets, the daughters of Olympian jazz bassist Charlie Haden. Petra, Rachel, and Tanya made music separately for years, in bands like That Dog, Silversun Pickups, the Rentals, and the Decemberists; Petra also worked as a solo act for a time. The trio's debut features a supporting cast of Ry Cooder producing and adding guitar and mandolin, his son Joachim on drums, and Ricky Skaggs contributing mandolin on a few tracks. Nevertheless, the focus stays on heavenly harmonies that evoke another time, interpretations of the Louvin Brothers' "When I Stop Dreaming," the Carter Family's "Single Girl, Married Girl," and Bill Monroe's "Memories of Mother and Dad." An obscure Nick Lowe tune, "Raining Raining," gets an appropriately gloomy reading and fits right in. After a while this velvet-lined blast from the past gets a little dry, but the Hadens bring a new audience to these cultural touchstones. (9pm, St. David's Historic Sanctuary)

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