Red Light Management

Larkin Poe

www.larkinpoe.com/

Artist Bio

The latest full-length from Larkin Poe, Blood Harmony is a whole-hearted invitation into a world they know intimately, a Southern landscape so precisely conjured you can feel the sticky humidity of the warm summer air. In bringing their homeland to such rich and dazzling life, Georgia-bred multi-instrumentalist sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell fortify their storytelling with a blues-heavy sound that hits right in the heart, at turns stormy and sorrowful and wildly exhilarating. Rooted in the potent musicality the Nashville-based duo has brought to such widely lauded work as 2018’s Venom & Faith (a GRAMMY® Award nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album), Blood Harmony affirms Larkin Poe as an essential force in shaping the identity of Southern rock-and-roll, breathing new energy into the genre with both forward-thinking perspective and a decidedly feminine strength.

“We have such fond memories of our upbringing and experiencing the beauty of Southern hospitality in its truest form—it’s a very loving and inclusive energy,” says Rebecca, Larkin Poe’s lead vocalist/lyricist. “There’s an idea that we don’t walk alone, and that there’s safety in keeping your door open to anyone and everyone. What we try to share through our music is the emotional equivalent of opening your door to everyone and inviting them in for sweet tea.”

In a departure from the self-contained approach of past albums like 2020’s Self Made Man—a critically acclaimed LP praised by American Songwriter as “pumped up for arena-sized consumption without compromising any of its stripped-down command and intensity”—Larkin Poe co-produced Blood Harmony alongside Texas-bred musician Tyler Bryant (also Rebecca’s husband). “In the past we’ve taken a very intentional tact of self-reliance, but this time it felt right to open up the process while still keeping it a family affair,” says Rebecca. With Megan handling harmony vocals, lap steel, and resonator guitar and Rebecca on guitar and keys, Larkin Poe also enlisted members of their longtime live band, including drummer Kevin McGowan and bassist Tarka Layman. Mainly recorded at Rebecca and Tyler’s home studio, the result is an electrifying body of work that fully harnesses the fiery vitality they’ve shown in touring across the globe. “We spent a lot of time hashing everything out in pre-production, just the two of us, so that by the time we got to recording we’d already worked out all the details,” Megan recalls. “We didn’t want to end up stitching a bunch of takes together—we just wanted to get in there and make it as live and raw as possible.”

One of the first songs penned for Blood Harmony, “Southern Comfort” instantly set the tone for Larkin Poe’s finespun reflection on their heritage. With its soul-stirring harmonies and sharply detailed lyrics (“Blue jeans, leaning on a hot car/Broke every string on my old guitar”), the fiercely stomping track channels both gutsy determination and a homesick longing for days gone by. “That song partly came from thinking about our little aunts in Chattanooga,” Rebecca says. “It’s about rolling up as rock-and-roll musicians with tattoos on our arms, and they’d just sit us down and get out the pinto beans and collard greens and cornbread.” Another meditation on the preciousness of family, Blood Harmony’s smoldering title track celebrates a certain unbridled spirit passed down through generations. “‘Blood Harmony’ came together after Megan and our mom and I all read Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, which is about the ways we perceive the passage of time,” says Rebecca. “There was just something about the sweetness of all three of us reading the same book, and then being able to talk about how it related to our love for each other and our love for music.” And on “Georgia Off My Mind,” the duo deliver a heavy-hearted yet swinging lament for what we leave behind in chasing our dreams. “Like 99 percent of my songs, that song came into being at my kitchen table late in the evening,” says Rebecca. “My husband and I stumbled into that line at the chorus—‘Tennessee keep Georgia off my mind’—and it turned into a love song for the stretch of I-24 that connects Atlanta and Nashville, which is a drive we’ve made thousands of times now.”

All throughout Blood Harmony, Larkin Poe imbue their songs with equal parts soulful sensitivity and thrilling ferocity—an element on full display in the feverish guitar work of “Bad Spell.” “Ever since I heard ‘I Put a Spell on You’ by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins for the first time I’ve wanted to write a female response to it,” says Rebecca. “I’d had the title ‘Bad Spell’ in my journal for years, and it was so fun to create a song where the riffs and guitar tones have that singular purpose of nastiness and swagger.” From the bare-bones frenzy of the album-opening “Deep Stays Down” to the euphoric bounce of “Kick the Blues” to the moody enchantment of “Lips As Cold As Diamond,” Blood Harmony reveals a band in complete touch with their formidable intuition. “We’ve always been tenacious about following our gut, and that’s really served us well,” says Megan. “With my playing on this record, I trusted my own process and my own voice more than I ever have before, and when I listen back it sounds so much more like me. There’s a lot of power in that.”

A glorious testament to staying true to your instincts, Blood Harmony ultimately embodies a joyful empowerment that Larkin Poe hope to extend to their globe-spanning fanbase, including the close-knit community who call themselves Kinsiders. “They’re people who have maybe never met in the flesh but are still able to connect and commune, and they’re all so accepting of one another,” says Rebecca. “We always feel that very loving aura at our live shows, and we feel incredibly fortunate for that. It’s our highest and best purpose to be that connective tissue for others.”

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Tour Dates

Feb 09 2023
The Fillmore
San Francisco, CA
Feb 10 2023
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA
Feb 11 2023
The Fonda Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
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Feb 14 2023
The Commonwealth Room
Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 23 2023
The Echo Lounge & Music Hall
Dallas, TX
Feb 24 2023
Scoot Inn
Austin, TX
Feb 25 2023
George's Majestic Lounge
Fayetteville, AR
Mar 09 2023
9:30 Club
Washington, DC
Mar 10 2023
Brooklyn Bowl Philly
Philadelphia, PA
Mar 11 2023
Webster Hall
New York, NY
Mar 12 2023
Royale
Boston, MA
Mar 15 2023
The Opera House
Toronto, Canada
Mar 16 2023
Thalia Hall
Chicago, IL
Mar 17 2023
Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI
Mar 18 2023
First Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
Mar 31 2023
Brooklyn Bowl Nashville
Nashville, TN
Apr 01 2023
Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GA
Apr 06 2023
Bluesfest Byron Bay 2023
Tyagarah, Australia
Apr 09 2023
Metro Theatre
Sydney, Australia
Apr 10 2023
The Croxton Bandroom
Melbourne, Australia
Apr 11 2023
Corner Hotel
Richmond, Australia
Apr 13 2023
Powerstation
Auckland, New Zealand
Apr 14 2023
The Hunter Lounge
Wellington, New Zealand
Apr 15 2023
James Hay Theatre
Christchurch, New Zealand
May 04 2023
New Orleans Jazz Festival 2023
New Orleans, LA
May 07 2023
Hollywood Arts Park
Miami Gardens, FL
Jun 03 2023
Cathead Distillery
Jackson, MS
Jun 10 2023
Flagstaff Blues and Brews 2023
East Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 24 2023
Blacksheep Festival 2023
Bad Rappenau, Germany
Jun 25 2023
Retro c trop - Tilloloy 2023
Tilloloy, France
Aug 11 2023
Rocky Mountain Folks Festival 2023
Lyons, Colorado
Sep 08 2023
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2023
Bristol, TN
Oct 06 2023
Tapperiet Scene
Trondheim, Norway
Oct 07 2023
Rockefeller Music Hall
Oslo, Norway
Oct 08 2023
Münchenbryggeriet
Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 10 2023
Amager Bio
Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct 11 2023
Grosse Freiheit 36
Hamburg, Germany
Oct 12 2023
Ancienne Belgique
Brussels, Belgium
Oct 14 2023
Le 106
Rouen, France
Oct 15 2023
L’Olympia
Paris, France
Oct 17 2023
O2 Academy Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom
Oct 18 2023
O2 Academy Glasgow
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 20 2023
Albert Hall
Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 21 2023
Roundhouse
London, United Kingdom
Oct 23 2023
E-Werk
Cologne, Germany
Oct 24 2023
Tivoli Vredenburg
Utrecht, Netherlands
Oct 25 2023
La Laiterie Artefact
Strasbourg, France
Oct 27 2023
Transbordeur
Villeurbanne, France
Oct 28 2023
Volkshaus
Zürich, Switzerland
Oct 30 2023
Circus Krone
Munich, Germany
Oct 31 2023
Forum Karlín
Karlín, Czechia
Nov 01 2023
Huxleys Neue Welt
Berlin, Germany
Nov 03 2023
Brauerei Ottakringer
Wien, Austria
Nov 04 2023
Fabrique
Milan, Italy
Nov 06 2023
Le Bikini
Ramonville-st-agne, France
Nov 07 2023
Razzmatazz
Barcelona, Spain
Nov 08 2023
Sala Riviera
Madrid, Spain

News

05/20/2022

Larkin Poe release fiery first single “Bad Spell”; announce new album “Blood Harmony”

GRAMMY® AWARD-NOMINATED SISTER DUO LARKIN POE RETURN WITH FIERY FIRST SINGLE “BAD SPELL” FROM EAGERLY AWAITED NEW ALBUM OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OUT NOW – WATCH BLOOD HARMONY ARRIVES VIA TRICKI-WOO…

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09/17/2021

Out Today: Larkin Poe & Nu Deco Ensemble’s “Paint The Roses – Live In Concert”

Grammy-Nominated Larkin Poe & Pioneering Hybrid Orchestra Nu Deco Ensemble Release Fan Favorite For First Time “Mad As A Hatter” Collaborative Album Paint The Roses: Live In Concert Out Today ----- “Magical…

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08/12/2021

Livestreams for August 13-19

Friday, August 13   Eli Paperboy Reed  Live on Facebook and Instagram (recurring event) 2pm ET https://www.facebook.com/elipaperboyreed    The String Cheese Incident Friday Night Cheese Friday Night Cheese returns for…

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