Picks and Pans Review: Sweethearts of the Rodeo

updated 09/15/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/15/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Sweethearts of the Rodeo

Janis Oliver Gill, 32, and Kristine Oliver Arnold, 30, are sisters who have been singing together for most of the past 23 years, and this, their first album, makes it clear they haven't wasted all that time. Their sound bears a striking resemblance to that of the Everly Brothers, although their orientation is much more in the direction of hard-core country. It was, in fact, only after Janis moved from Southern California to Nashville with her husband, Vince, the singer-composer-guitarist, that the sisters resumed a joint career they had suspended while they were raising their children. This is a skimpy sort of LP—containing only eight songs and 21 minutes of music—but the Sweethearts' versions of Paul Kennerly's tune Chains of Gold and Don Schlitz's Midnight Girl/Sunset Town give ample evidence that they would bear further listening. (Columbia)

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