Jo McCaughey

THE HADEN TRIPLETS dig deep into their bloodline to create their inaugural album.


The debut album from The Haden Triplets comes with an impressive pedigree. Released on Jack White’s Third Man label, the group’s self-titled set ($15 for the CD and $18 for the LP), out this month, was produced by guitarist and noted ethnomusicological explorer Ry Cooder of Buena Vista Social Club, and it captures the genetic harmonies of the Haden sisters: Tanya, Rachel and Petra.

All three have enjoyed long careers in music and have played with alt-rock bands such as That Dog, The Rentals, The Decemberists and Silversun Pickups throughout the years. On their first album together, however, the Hadens touch on another part of their musical roots and family history.

The daughters of Grammy-winning jazz bassist Charlie Haden, they’re also the grandchildren of Carl and Virginia Haden, who were the leaders of a 1930s and ’40s country family band — and veterans of the Grand Ole Opry.

On their 13-track disc, The Haden Triplets explore the music of their grandparents, tapping into a wellspring of folk songs. Reinventing standards by The Carter Family and Bill Monroe and exploring a modern classic by Nick Lowe, they infuse a fresh spirit into old-timey music.

Like the Hadens, here are two other sets of singing siblings who captured the essential sound of Americana on record:

THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: The close harmonies and contrasting characters of Alabama-born Ira and Charlie Louvin were never more powerful or vivid than on their fearsome 1959 fire-and-brimstone platter Satan Is Real.

THE EVERYLY BROTHERS:
This pair of pompadoured stars established themselves with pop hits like “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie,” but they sounded especially heartfelt delivering their 1958 roots effort, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us