Larkin Poe

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Larkin Poe
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Larkin Poe performing at Blacksheep Festival in 2014
Background information
OriginCalhoun, Georgia, U.S.
Years active2010–present
LabelsTricki Woo Records
Associated actsThe Lovell Sisters
  • Rebecca Lovell
  • Megan Lovell
  • Tarka Layman
  • Kevin McGowan

Larkin Poe is an American roots rock band originally from north Georgia and currently from Nashville, Tennessee[1] fronted by sisters Rebecca Lovell (born January 30, 1991) and Megan Lovell (born May 12, 1989). Featuring strong southern harmonies, heavy electric guitar riffs, and slide guitar, they are often touted as "the little sisters of the Allman Brothers".[2] The band performed at the 2014 and 2016 Glastonbury Festival, and were voted "Best Discovery of Glastonbury 2014" by the UK's The Observer.

Both sisters have also toured as backing musicians for a variety of other bands, most notably Elvis Costello, Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, and Keith Urban.

Band history[edit]

Rebecca & Megan Lovell began their musical careers in 2005 as teenagers with the formation of a bluegrass/Americana group, the Lovell Sisters, with their eldest sister, Jessica Lovell. After self-releasing two independent albums and touring successfully for four years - appearing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, the Grand Ole Opry, and performing at Bonnaroo Music Festival - the Lovell Sisters announced the group's disbandment in December 2009.[3] In January 2010, Rebecca and Megan regrouped as Larkin Poe.[4] "Larkin Poe" was the name of the sisters' great-great-great-grandfather.[5]

Over the course of 3 years (2010-2013), Larkin Poe self-released 5 independent EPs, 2 collaboration albums, and a live performance DVD. Spring EP (2010), Summer EP (2010), Fall EP (2010), Winter EP (2010), Thick as Thieves EP (2011), The Sound of the Ocean Sound a collaboration with Thom Hell (2013), Killing Time EP a collaboration with Blair Dunlop (2013).

In late 2013, Larkin Poe signed a record deal with RH Music, the music division of San Francisco-based company Restoration Hardware. Following this signing, the band began work on their first full-length album, KIN.

In March 2014, producer T Bone Burnett tapped the sisters to record harmonies and instrumentation on The New Basement Tapes' album Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes alongside Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, Elvis Costello, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Rhiannon Giddens. Rebecca and Megan also appear in the 2014 Showtime documentary Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued.[6]

In June 2014, Larkin Poe performed at the Glastonbury Festival, which resulted in them being named "best discovery of Glastonbury" by The Observer.[7]

In April 2016, the sisters released their second album Reskinned[8][9] and performed their song "Trouble in Mind" on Conan.[10] They also appeared on Steven Tyler's album We're All Somebody from Somewhere, which was released in July of the same year.[11][12]

In February 2017, Larkin Poe performed as part of the backing band at the MusiCares tribute to Tom Petty in Los Angeles, accompanying such artists as Jackson Browne and Don Henley.[13][14]

Larkin Poe's cover of the traditional song "John the Revelator" was used as the Series 3 episode 13 ending music for the Fox TV show Lucifer.

In 2018, Larkin Poe's self-produced third album Peach was nominated for a Blues Foundation Best Emerging Artist Album award.[15]

Larkin Poe released Venom & Faith, their fourth studio album, on November 9, 2018. The album was recorded in Nashville, produced by Rebecca and Megan, and engineered and mixed by Roger Alan Nichols.[16] Venom & Faith reached #1 on the Billboard blues album chart for the week of November 24, 2018.[17] The album is nominated for the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.[18]

Band members[edit]

Rebecca and Megan Lovell at Blacksheep Festival 2014
Rebecca Lovell at Rock im Park 2016
Megan Lovell at Rock im Park 2016
  • Rebecca Lovell: lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, violin, piano; programs drums, bass and arrangements
  • Megan Lovell: harmony vocals, lapsteel, dobro
  • Tarka Layman: electric bass
  • Kevin McGowan: drums


Studio albums[edit]

  • Kin (2014)
  • Reskinned (2016)
  • Peach (2017)
  • Venom & Faith (2018)


  • Spring (2010)
  • Summer (2010)
  • Fall (2010)
  • Winter (2010)
  • Thick as Thieves (2011)


  • Live from Stongfjorden (2012)


Other appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Larkin Poe excited to appear in the Bluegrass State Thursday at Levitt", Middlesboro Daily News, retrieved September 1, 2019
  2. ^ "Big Names in the Making at Maverick Festival 2014 - uDiscover Music".
  3. ^ "Lovell Sisters call it quits as a trio".
  4. ^ "The Lovell Sisters are now Larkin Poe!!". Archived 12 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Michael Bialas (2015-02-22). "Larkin Poe: 'Co-Writing with Edgar Allan Poe Would be a Drag on the Band's Happy Levels'". No Depression. Retrieved 2018-11-19. Archived 18 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-12. Retrieved 2015-05-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Michael Bialas (2014-10-13). "Larkin Poe: How Megan and Rebecca Lovell Got Their Sister Act Together". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  8. ^ "Larkin Poe Releases New Album Reskinned". Grateful Web.
  9. ^ "Larkin Poe Open Up About Their New Album 'RESKINNED'". 22 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Tour Diary: Larkin Poe Gets A "Surprise Call" From Conan". American Songwriter. 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  11. ^ "Larkin Poe Has Trouble In Mind - Guitar Girl Magazine". 6 November 2016.
  12. ^ Ruggieri, Melissa. "Ages may differ, but music is a common tie for Atlantans of every generation".
  13. ^ "Tom Petty Joined by Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks & Many More at Epic MusiCares Tribute Show".
  14. ^ "MusiCares Person of the Year tribute features Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks and Atlanta's Larkin Poe".
  15. ^ "2018 Blues Music Award nominees announced: Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Keb' Mo', N. Mississippi Allstars among nominees". Blues Foundation. 2018-01-09. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  16. ^ Korstanje, Emma (August 24, 2018). "Larkin Poe Announce Fourth Album, Venom & Faith". Paste. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "Blues Music: Top Blues Albums Chart - Billboard". Billboard. 2018-11-24. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  18. ^ "See The Full List Of 2020 Grammy Nominations". NPR. 2019-11-20. Retrieved 2019-11-24.

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