Larkin Poe are sisters Rebecca & Megan Lovell with elder sister Jessica they toured and released two albums as The Lovell Sisters getting their feet moving up the musical ladder after winning a teen talent competition back in 2005, after Jessica’s departure from the group in 2010 (she got married and went back to school) Rebecca and Megan decided to keep playing together and have evolved their music away from their earlier acoustic sound and re-branded as a duo taking the name from a legendary family member their great-great-great grandfather Larkin Poe.
Both sisters were classically trained musicians on violin and piano before getting the roots bug and making music of a different kind, on the quartet of EP’s Rebecca plays mandolin, guitar, uke, guitar and piano, Megan dobro, lapsteel and uke, support comes from Knoxville based trio Daniel Kimbro, Mike Seal and Chad Melton, all combining in a hybrid bluegrass-folk that stretches into country, pop and jazz at times keeping things fresh, couple this with the sibling harmonies and it’s a real soothing treat to the ears.
I’ve read flattering comparisons of Larkin Poe to The Dixie Chicks which is no bad thing, but for me their sound is their own and covers a wider range, besides Natalie Maines vocal is too distinct for the comparison to work for me and the similarities are with the sister and multi-instrumental angles rather than the music – debunking this isn’t a criticism the music’s different but no less enjoyable – they have more than enough talent to take on the wide open spaces themselves, gifted musicians and song writers with a knack for a melody and blissful harmonies they’ve shared the stage with Indigo Girls and Brandi Carlile, and through mutual admiration collaborated with Elvis Costello.
A UK tour kicks of on March 30th in support of the release of their EP’s Fall and Winter – these seasonally themed EP’s the culmination of a year long project follow on from last years Spring and Summer releases, the set of EP’s combine a total of thirty one tracks that are mostly original compositions written by the sisters along with one from trad and live cover of Massive Attack’s Teardrop on the Summer EP which somehow doesn’t appear out of place and closes the EP on a high note. You can get your hands on the EP’s individually or as a seasonal set here. If you have to pick one go for Fall.
Spring – Larkin Poe – Burglary
Summer – Larkin Poe – Praying For The Bell
UK Tour Dates:
March 30, 2011 The Iron Works Oswestry
March 31, 2011 Live @ The Institute Kelvedon
April 1, 2011 The Elephant & Castle Lewes
April 2, 2011 The Slaughtered Lamb London
April 3, 2011 Acoustic Roots Festival Barnsley
April 4, 2011 The Wheel House Barnsley
April 5, 2011 Swindon Arts Centre Wiltshire
April 6, 2011 Chapel Arts Centre Bath
April 7,2011 The Ferry Glasgow
April 8, 2011 Gateshead Central Tyne & Wear
April 9, 2011 Eden Court Theatre Inverness