he Whitmore Sisters celebrated the release of their album "Ghost Stories" at Gold-Diggers, which was previously a strip club for 40 years or so. Nevertheless, these siblings – Eleanor and Bonnie Whitmore – provided plenty of adult entertainment. Adult, in that they packed their setlist with mature songwriting, rather than the more lurid variety of visual stimulation. Once you got past feeling just a tad dirty, just knowing this room's past, it was a night of mighty fine country and country-adjacent music.
While Bonnie held down the bass for the whole night, Eleanor switched from keyboard to guitar and most notably, fiddle, best displayed during the downhome "The Ballad Of Sissy & Porter." You could say this duo is a bit of a democracy, too, as there isn't a clear lead singer. Both sing on every song, oftentimes vacillating back and forth on the lead lines. The act was accompanied this night by Chris Masterson on guitar, who also produced the pair's latest release and is Eleanor's husband.
A few of the facts we learned about The Whitmore Sisters on this evening included the fact that both are trained pilots (mentioned after finishing album opener "Learn To Fly"), that many of the album's songs concern friends that have recently passed away (exemplified by "Friends We Leave Behind") and that Bonnie's sometimes troubled love life is at least inspiration for a lot of new songs. One of the best of these based-on-real-life-tales is the lyrically painful "Hurtin' For A Letdown."
This latest release is 11 songs long, and the show stuck strictly to the record's running order, from start to finish. It felt right, too, like a properly sequenced album, including plenty of emotional range contained throughout. This city-fide venue may have seemed like an unlikely place to hear wonderful Americana music. However, The Whitmore Sisters transformed this small room into a living room-like atmosphere. It's the kind of show that makes you want to revisit the "Ghost Stories" album. These talented women are taking their newly released collection of songs on the road, and the adult thing to do would be to make plans to catch their show when it arrives in your town.