Larkin Poe are a phenomenally talented sister-act duo from Georgia USA, comprising Rebecca Lovell (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, violin, piano) and Megan Lovell (harmony vocals, dobro, lap steel).
Their sound is a glorious mix of blues, country and rootsy rock and they have been making waves for a while now, both in their own stunning live shows as well as playing back-up to big names in the Nashville scene (they were in Sugarland main-man Kristian Bush’s backup band on his solo tour a few years ago, playing at the O2 in London with him at the C2C festival.)[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3idn3XQN_w&w=560&h=315]
This single (from their recently-released ‘Self-Made Man’ album) showcases Rebecca’s stunning lead vocals and Megan’s achingly beautiful lap-steel playing within a mightily soulful and bluesy mid-tempo track. The vocals are strong, powerful and melodic and although the song is full of blues licks and stylings, at no point does it come across as formulaic, due in no small part to the very high quality of the performances and the writing.
The track also features Tyler Bryant (Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown) on lead guitar for a truly scorching country-blues fingerstyle Telecaster solo, before Rebecca’s lap-steel takes flight mid song. The combination of Bryant’s Telecaster and Rebecca’s lap-steel is central to the track and works brilliantly. In fact, the whole thing totally evokes the classic swampy blues vibe of the deep south while still sounding fresh and contemporary.
If you like soulful, bluesy roots rock, check this track out along with the others released to showcase the album. Larkin Poe are definitely a star on the rise
Review by Andy Hawes for MPM