There's nothing quite like the spirit of the South in rock & roll - centuries of the blues, folk, bluegrass, and country all feed into the creation of a distinct identity for southern rockers. And while most people look back to the glory days of Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Allman Brothers Band for their Southern fix, there's ample reason to look forward as well. That's what Larkin Poe
is here for.
Sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell hail from Atlanta, but don't mistake them for prissy, stereotypical Southern belles. These women are kicking in the door of today's rock scene with a refreshing, roots-based take on the storied musical legacy of the South. The Lovells keep themselves rooted in history by embracing what Rebecca calls a "colorful family history" full of "creative, hotheaded, mentally unstable" types. In fact, the band's namesake is the sisters' great-great-great-great-grandfather, a cousin of famously troubled artist Edgar Allan Poe. That unique history blends with Rebecca and Megan's serious talent to create a sound that packs a serious old-school punch. Megan provides backing harmonies while handling a few rather uncommon and unique guitars, most often a lap steel. Rebecca is on electric or acoustic guitar and lead vocals, usually stomping on a kick drum as well.
On the band's single "Trouble in Mind," off of their 2016 album RESKINNED
, Rebecca confidently dubs herself "a Georgia peach gone bad, yeah, you know the taste." Her voice is a ranging powerhouse - maybe a peach that's been soaked in bourbon and bathed in cigarette smoke - perfectly accented by her sister's well-timed harmonies. And the Lovells bring just the right amount of polished, pop sensibility along with their gritty origins. This fusion makes Larkin Poe reminiscent of both established contemporaries (i.e. Jack White or The Black Keys) and legendary precursors in Southern rock. If you need any more information - beyond the dynamic sounds of RESKINNED
- to make a judgment on Larkin Poe, simply look at who the sisters have worked with in their brief career. They've backed big names like Elvis Costello, Conor Oberst, and Sugarland's Kristian Bush. And they made contributions to legendary producer T-Bone Burnett's popular project The New Basement Tapes, which placed them in collaboration with some of today's finest rockers -Costello, Marcus Mumford, Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens, and Taylor Goldsmith.
This sister act is doing their part in keeping rock music alive, and they're doing it well, with a gritty Southern authenticity. We've already seen Larkin Poe make waves in today's rock scene, though we may not have realized them in the background. Now they're stepping out into their own, and all signs point to us seeing much more of them in the near future. Get to know Larkin Poe and you'll get to know the legacy of rock and the spirit of the South in a new light.
Check out Larkin Poe's NEXT session
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and gave some commentary in between. In honor of the session, we're giving away 2 SIGNED vinyl copies of RESKINNED
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