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The Watson Twins’ anticipated new album, DUO, is out today with distribution from The Orchard/Think Indie. Purchase/stream HERE.

DUO is the sixth studio album from The Watson Twins—made up of identical twin sisters Chandra and Leigh Watson—and the first with the pair co-writing all the material and singing all parts together. Produced by their longtime collaborator Russ Pollard (Everest, Sebadoh), the album was recorded in Nashville and is already receiving widespread acclaim…

“…enchanting…etherial, inimitable sound that emerges when two people who are related sing together.”

“With pedal steel guitar riffs and a cloud of reverb hovering above, the Watsons sing about lost love with a swooning, vintage-friendly grace that recalls the Mamas and the Papas. The harmonies are stunning…”

“…full-bore country-soul.”

“…identical twins Leigh and Chandra Watson frequently sing identical notes in unison, coming together to create a third voice like few others in music today.”

“….a lovely sounding dose of twangy folk that sees the sisters’ voices sounding as wonderful together as ever.”

“It’s a set of eight tightly crafted, well-orchestrated, and well-produced tracks that showcase their growth as songwriters and a new twist upon their signature harmonies.”

“Those signature harmonies are truly the beating heart of this new collection of songs. Together, the twins’ voices create a landscape of sound that feels totally modern while always nodding to the past.”

“…Duo is a pastoral beauty that easily enchants and bewitches across just eight tracks…their songwriting shines bright, leaving a sparkle in your eye and a longing in your heart.”

Of the album, Leigh comments, “The backdrop of Nashville inspired a new direction for us. We’d always written songs separately but we wanted to focus on our strength as a duo. The last few years in the studio and on the road allowed us to explore our sound while singing with other artists. Now felt like the right time for us to make a record that reflected the experiences we’ve gathered along the way.”

In addition to Chandra, Leigh and Pollard, the album also features guest musicians Carl Broemel and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Vanessa Carlton, Mickey Raphael and The Cactus Blossoms.

In celebration of the album, the pair will perform a special record release show at Nashville’s The Basement tomorrow, October 13th. Additionally, they will tour throughout 2018 with several dates supporting Pokey LaFarge as well as a series of shows with Langhorne Slim. See below for complete tour details.

Over the course of their career, the Louisville, Kentucky natives have released five studio albums to critical acclaim. Of the sisters, Los Angeles Times declares, “As twins, they can shape-shift even more effectively than most polyphonic siblings; the aura they project, of one voice split in two, enhances their ability to cast a spell,” while Paste praises, “The twin sisters have a sense of harmony that has gone unmatched.” In addition to touring in support of their own releases, the sisters have also performed as backup vocalists for some of music’s most notable acts including Kings of Leon, Harry Connick Jr., CeeLo Green, Foster The People, Jenny Lewis, John Paul White, My Morning Jacket, Shooter Jennings, Willie Nelson and many more.

Photo credit: Brett Warren


  1. Hustle and Shake
    2. Cry Baby
    3. Rolling Thunder
    4. Lucky Star
    5. Down In The Valley
    6. Call To You (feat. The Cactus Blossoms)
    7. Blue Tonight
    8. Playing Hearts


October 13—Nashville, TN—The Basement

October 19—Atlanta, GA—City Winery*

October 20—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle*

October 22—Richmond, VA—The Black Iris

October 23—Washington, D.C.—City Winery*

October 24—Annapolis, MD—Rams Head On Stage*

October 26—Holyoke, MA—Gateway City Arts*

October 27—Boston, MA—City Winery*

October 28—New York, NY—City Winery*

November 8—Saxapahaw, NC—Haw River Ballroom†

November 9—Blacksburg, VA—Lyric Theatre†

November 10—Highlands, NC—Highlands Food and Wine Festival†

*supporting Pokey LaFarge

†supporting Langhorne Slim

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