About the Artist
Wild Together is the latest collection of music from Carter's Chord, and one would be hard-pressed to find a more appropriate title. Sisters Joanna, Emily and Becky Robertson spent their childhood immersed in the sounds of country music, specifically the Outlaw Movement, thanks to parents Carter and Barny Robertson, who toured and performed with Waylon Jennings during the height of that legendary period of country music. The new six-song EP is saturated with a similar attitude and style, music that stands just outside the boundaries, while remaining true to the roots and vibe that is country music. The songs are beautifully wrapped in that three-part harmony that only siblings can find. The songs, all co-written by the sisters, reflect the varied influences that growing up in both California and Nashville forges--Emmylou Harris, Fleetwood Mac and of course, Outlaw country. Music was always part of the Robertson household. By the time they could talk, they could sing, and Dad Barny recalls many nights that the three little girls would put on concerts for their parents and anyone else who was around, charging a quarter a ticket. They made their major-label recording debut as youngsters singing on Waylon's album of country music for kids, Cowboys, Sisters, Rascals & Dirt, that their father Barny produced. Upon its release, the sisters also performed with Jennings on a number of TV shows. When the Robertsons relocated to Nashville from Los Angeles in 1994, the girl's association with Waylon, Jessi and Shooter Jennings became close friendships as well as creative collaborations and provided further musical grounding and education for the sisters. "Waylon was a big part of our lives," Becky explains. "We were inspired being surrounded by so much music. Waylon and everyone around him were a huge influence on us." The girls also got to enjoy a revival of their parents' past when The Waylors reunited as The Waymore Blues Band to tour with Jennings during the last three years of his life. So it was only natural that the sisters gravitated to making and writing music as their favorite pastime. In time, it became their creative calling. "We've always just kind of known that this is what we are going to do," Emily says. "It hasn't ever been a matter of 'if,' it's always been a matter of 'when.' " Their mother's inspiration is reflected in the name of their act. "We've always liked the idea of a musical chord, a triad. One day we were all sitting around thinking of what we could call ourselves, and one of us -- we don't even remember who -- just out of the blue said `Carter's Chord'," explains Joanna. Carter's Chord was quickly signed to Show Dog - Universal Music by country music superstar Toby Keith, who upon first listen said, "As soon as I saw these girls perform, I knew they had to be on Show Dog." Keith adds, "I could see and hear that they not only have the talent but also the combination of musical roots and contemporary artistry to take them all the way."
"We've been spending the better part of this year in creative mode, living in the studio and immersing ourselves in writing," comments Becky. "We could not be more proud of the music we are turning out. It has been exciting to work in the studio with heavy hitters like Toby Keith and Mark Wright. This is the real Carter's Chord; it's the music we've always wanted to make." It seems almost fated from the start that these true daughters of the Outlaw movement are destined to now make their indelible mark on popular music.