By Steven Wine | Related press
“Ghost Stories”, The Whitmore Sisters (Red House Records)
Sibling harmony can be a contradiction.
It also produces lovely music, and that is the case here.
Eleanor and Bonnie Whitmore’s sisterhood combine beautifully in their duo debut, the vocals being distinguishable yet complementing each other as they explore a variety of styles.
“Ghost Stories” is an album about loss, with recurring themes of death and grief, but Whitmores also sings about too much joy. The set benefits from the instruction and guitar playing work of producer Chris Masterson, husband of Eleanor and partner in the duo Mastersons. Her remarkable violin/fiddle skills are also effectively deployed in a variety of ways.
Whitmores’ early material included songs from bayou (“The Sissy & Porter Ballad” is a Cajun-style piece) and Bijou (“Greek Tragedy” could be a film theme). . The vocals are soaring, and not just in “Learn to Fly” (both sisters are pilots). A carnival-style performance of Aaron Lee Tasjan’s “Big Heart Sick Mind” rides a delightfully luxurious Ace Tone organ into pop music territory.
The other cover is “On the Wings of a Nightingale”, written by Paul McCartney and recorded in the 1980s by the Everly Brothers. Whitmores’ version is spare, and Eleanor and Bonnie each take on a piece of the mix, as if beckoning listeners to provide the melody. Their music is catchy.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/01/23/review-whitmores-sisterly-sonorities-shine-on-duo-debut-16/ Whitmores sisterhood shines on duo debut