Moving Stories: Videos from the American South

The Secret Sisters

The Damage: The Story Behind “You Don’t Own Me Anymore”

Video by 1504 | Photos by Stephen Jerkins


Almost 10 years ago, Alabama’s Secret Sisters first broke into our nation’s musical consciousness and soon found themselves making records with the likes of T Bone Burnett and opening for such greats as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

But when their second album, “Put Your Needle Down,” failed to meet the sales expectations of execs at Decca Records, the sisters — Laura and Lydia Rogers — found themselves dropped from their record label and forced into bankruptcy.  This short film is the story of their comeback last year with “You Don't Own Me Anymore,” which was nominated for the Best Folk Album Grammy Award. 

The Bitter Southerner is proud to premiere “The Damage,” a beautiful film about music and family.