Philadelphia isn't generally considered a hotbed of country music.
But Heather and Jennifer Kinley, a k a the Kinleys, were inspired by the Nashville sound early in their lives in the City of Brotherly Love.
"There's country music up there," Jennifer insisted in a recent phone conversation from Nashville, where she and her twin sister moved when they were 19 to try to make it in the country music business.
The sisters perform Thursday at Buckaroo's Country, 1511 North Leg Road.
While it took almost seven years, they've broken through with a single, Just Between You and Me, which has cracked the top 20 in Billboard's country singles chart.
To pay the bills, the twins worked as waitresses, bartenders and telemarketers. "Anything to keep our heads above water," said Jennifer, "but we were getting real tired of that."
Now, they're on their first extensive tour. They are opening for Clint Black on parts of the tour, playing big arena shows.
Heather, the guitar-playing half of the duo, said that even though success is starting to come, it's no time to rest.
"It's not like, 'Aha, I've made it' -- because we haven't yet," she said.
The Kinleys count another sibling singing duo, the Everly Brothers, as an inspiration. They learned to sing harmony parts by imitating the brothers. "I just took to Don right away and started singing his parts," said Heather. "And Jennifer learned all of Phil's parts, because she's comfortable singing a little higher than me."
Besides the 10 songs off the debut album Just Between You and Me, the sisters and their five-piece backing band will perform some Everly Brothers songs like Bye Bye Love and When Will I Be Loved at their show Thursday.
Tickets are $15 and are available at all Home Folks locations, Hooters and Pipeline Boots, next to Buckaroo's. A limited number of $20 reserved seats may be bought during Buckaroo's club hours .
The Kinleys, who tried out but weren't selected for the advertising campaign for the Double-Mint gum twins, don't market the twin factor as much as they could. "The thrust of the marketing is about the great music, not the fact that the girls are twins," said Mike Kraski, Sony Music's senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Although identical twins, Jennifer insists that she and Heather don't really look alike. "We went separate ways with hair and makeup as we grew older."
And they don't even live together anymore.
What: The Kinleys
When: 10:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Buckaroo's Country, 1511 North Leg Road
How much: Tickets are $15, available at all Home Folks locations, Hooters and Pipeline Boots
To hear the Kinleys, call INFOLINE at 442-4444 and press 8106. You'll hear part of the song Just Between You and Me.