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9th August 2008 Charles J. Brown
07:55 pm

Weekend Pick: The Watson Twins

If you’re a fan of Rilo Kiley, you probably know that lead singer Jenny Lewis put out a solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat, back in 2006.  I think it’s better than anything she’s done with RK: to this day I have it on heavy rotation on my iPod.

When it came out, her fans were surprised to see that Lewis had shared billing with a previously unknown duo, The Watson Twins.  It turned out that Lewis had discovered them singing back-up for some local band and brought them into the studio.  She liked the result so much that she gave them co-billing and even included them in the cover photo.

Chandra and Leigh Watson (yes they’re actually twins) are now building a nice career for themselves.  In June, their first full-length albm, “Fire Songs” came out.  I’d feature something from it, but the one video isn’t available for embedding yet.

I’m also a fan of their first EP, “Southern Manners,” particularly  “Shoot Out the Lights” (not the Richard Thompson song) and the title song.  There is a (pretty raw) clip of them performing the latter on YouTube, so I’ll go with that.

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