When they weren't investigating our director's tattoos, smiling for selfies, and melting our faces off with their juke-joint rattling, roots rock and roll
, sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell sat down for an extended conversation about their history playing music, their influences (Jeff Buckley, the resonator guitar), their band Larkin Poe
, and what it's like being brought under the wing of musical icon, Elvis Costello.
They say madness runs in the family. They say the same about creativity and passion. That's good news for Larkin Poe's sister duo Rebecca and Megan Lovell, the descendants of tortured artist, creative genius Edgar Allen Poe.
We have a very colorful family history, explains lead singer/guitarist Rebecca, 23, who also plays mandolin and violin. There were a lot of creative, hot-headed, and intelligent branches that went against the grain in our family tree. Our paternal grandfather suffered from schizophrenia, while our great, great, great, great grandfather, Larkin Poe, was a Civil War wagon driver turned historian and a distant cousin to Edgar Allen Poe. Growing up with their crazy stories de?nitely shaded our perception of normal. As artists, I think some of those innate eccentricities, passed down from generation to generation, have been even further exaggerated in us! Megan, 25, who contributes lapsteel and dobro to the line-up, chimes in, As sisters, we just wanted to pick a band name that had familial signi?cance, so we decided to tip a nod to our ancestors and take on the name Larkin Poe.