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The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Presents Larkin Poe
LARKIN POE with The Collection
Country / Folk / Indie
The songwriting and recording development ofLarkin Poe and their connection to the live audience has been a joy to behold…Ifyou can find something of your own in a Skip James song, or spend a Berlinafternoon banging your hotel room’s furniture to render a YouTube version of anM.J. song, you know you’ve come to the right address.” - Elvis Costello
In any normal year, Larkin Poe would have releasedan acclaimed new album and then hit the road for a very long time. But ofcourse, 2020 has been no ordinary year. The GRAMMY® Award-nominated sister duoof Rebecca and Megan Lovell kicked things off in June with their fifth studioalbum, SELF MADE MAN, topping anarray of Billboard charts while earning unanimous acclaim around the world.Instead of a summer of tour buses and packed theaters, the Atlanta-bred,Nashville-based Lovells found themselves at home, performing many livestreamconcerts and adding to their much-loved YouTube covers series. That got themthinking, and now we have Larkin Poe’s second album of 2020 – KINDRED SPIRITS, a collectionof stripped-back versions of covers, both classic and new.
KINDREDSPIRITS– which, like its three predecessors, was self-produced by Larkin Poe for theirown Tricki-Woo Records, this time from their home studio with engineer andRebecca’s husband Tyler Bryant of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown – sees theduo paying tribute to favorite artists from the Allman Brothers Band, LennyKravitz, and Robert Johnson to Elton John, Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne, and TheMoody Blues.
“Music is a bridge that can connect generationsacross time,” says Rebecca and Megan. “In recording KINDRED SPIRITS, our admiration for the artists who originallywrote and performed these songs blossomed into an even deeper reverence. Comingup in a family of music lovers, a lot of the songs have been with us sincechildhood; in 2015, we started a YouTube series dedicated to payingtribute to our musical heroes that unexpectedly took off and when fans beganrequesting recorded versions of the songs, we began daydreaming about how aninterpretive album might take shape. Bringing these old friends into the studio,stripping them to the bones and recording them live and raw, felt like aritual.”
When Larkin Poe released SELF MADE MAN, it was in the wake of aremarkable two-year run that saw them earn a #1 Billboard Blues Chart album and a “Best Contemporary Blues Album” GRAMMY®Award nomination for 2018’s VENOM &FAITH. While VENOM & FAITH trulysolidified the power and independent spirit of the band, SELF MADE MAN is undeniably the Lovell’s most wide reaching,artistically adventurous, and self-determined work to date, finding themulti-instrumentalist sister duo, pushing their music and message towards hithertounexplored terrain.
Inspired by their epicworld travels yet still powerfully rooted in the creative heritage of theirbeloved American South, the album was ambitious in both its eclectic, energeticsound and its resolutely welcoming mission, its universal lyrical approachfueled by tradition, invention, and Larkin Poe’s remarkable ability to touchthe hearts and souls of their fellow humans worldwide.
In its first week of sales, SELF MADE MAN rose to the top of Billboard’s “Top New Artists Albums” and“Current Rock Albums” charts, while also climbing to #1 “Blues Albums” and #2on the “Americana/Folk Albums.”
American Songwriter calledthe band "self made badasses," going on to say, “Steeped in thesounds and tropes of the South, SELF MADEMAN is heavy and lean at the same time. Good and evil, sanctified andprofane, they plug into the themes of Southern Gothic that have fed Flannery O’Connor,William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Harper Lee and Carson McCullers.”
NoDepression said that Larkin Poe are “kicking butt with amixture of rocking blues to make powerful, defiant statements,” while the Boston Herald hailed, “Larkin Poe playssouthern rock. No matter how expansive your definition of the genre is, theband covers it then transcends it.” The AtlantaJournal Constitution said, “Larkin Poe simply dominates,” while Garden & Gun raved “southernmusic traditions loom large in the story of Larkin Poe.”
So while 2020 was supposed to be a year ofhitting the road and taking their new songs to their fans around the globe,instead its become a year of reflection, of looking inward, of looking back.But Larkin Poe being Larkin Poe, looking in and looking back for them is alsolooking forward as they continue to put their own signature on the traditionsthey embrace. Not ones to sit around and wait for something to happen, Rebeccaand Megan are constantly churning and creating. No one knows what this nextyear holds, but rest assured Larkin Poe will find ways to keep it fun andinteresting for everyone, as we are all kindred spirits.
“We’re grateful for the experience of makingthis album and grateful to the kindred spirits who have come before us andwritten the soundtrack of our lives.”