Larkin Poe biography

Larkin Poe
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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. In January 2010, Rebecca and Megan regrouped as Larkin Poe – “Larkin Poe” was the name of the sisters’ great-great-great-great-grandfather.

Over the course of three years (2010-2013), Larkin Poe self-released five 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.

In June 2014, Larkin Poe performed at the Glastonbury Festival, which resulted in them being named “best discovery of Glastonbury” by The Observer. In April 2016, the sisters released their second album Reskinned and in February 2017, they 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.

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.

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.Venom & Faith reached number 1 on the Billboard blues album chart for the week of November 24, 2018.