When your last name is Chapin and you want to make music for a living, you better have the chops. Abigail and Lilly Chapin — aka The Chapin Sisters — have proven time and again over the past decade that they are more than capable of stepping out of the formidable shadows cast by their father, Tom Chapin, and late uncle, Harry Chapin.
The Chapin Sisters first popped onto my radar in 2010 with the release of “Two” and my appreciation for them was cemented three years later with “A Date With The Everly Brothers,” a first-rate covers album. The siblings are back at with “Today’s Not Yesterday,” a 12-track collection of original tunes that recall the Laurel Canyon heyday of the early 1970s.
“I can’t imagine making it anywhere else besides L.A.,” Abigail says of the new record. “We were with out tribe. (Jonathan Wilson’s Five Star studio) is in a beautiful house. We recorded to tape, using Jackson Browne’s old tape machine. We did some overdubs, but mostly everything was recorded live. There was fruit on the trees; you could hang out on the rope swing outside. Everybody came by the studio. It was an idyllic time.”
Highlights abound on “Today’s Not Yesterday,” with the country-infused “Angeleno” and “The World Is All” being the best of the bunch. Additional keepers include “Chasing the Rain,” “Love Come Back,” “Child,” “Waiting” and “There Will Be a Time for Us.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)