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Larkin Poe

www.larkinpoe.com/

Artist Bio

After a remarkable two-year run that saw them earn a #1 album and GRAMMY® Award nomination while touring the world from Nashville to New Zealand and back again, Larkin Poe have returned with what is undeniably their most wide-reaching, artistically adventurous, and self-determined work to date. Once again taking the producer reins and releasing on their own Tricki-Woo Records label, SELF MADE MAN – which follows 2018’s chart-topping, GRAMMY® Award-nominated fourth studio album, VENOM & FAITH – sees the multi-instrumentalist sister duo, comprised of the Atlanta-bred, Nashville-based Rebecca and Megan Lovell, pushing their music and message towards hitherto unexplored terrain, inspired by their epic world travels yet still powerfully rooted in the creative heritage of their beloved American South. From the thunderous power of the album-opening “She’s A Self Made Man,” through the nostalgic “Tears of Blue to Gold” and fierce Chicago blues of “Scorpion,” to the front porch jubilation of “Easy Street,” the album is ambitious in both its eclectic, energetic sound and its resolutely welcoming mission, its universal lyrical approach fueled by tradition, invention, and Larkin Poe’s remarkable ability to touch the hearts and souls of their fellow humans worldwide.

“Connection is everything,” says Rebecca, “music is the thing that allows us all to express our creativity and our humanity.”

“This is, in a lot of ways, the first lyrically uplifting record we’ve made,” Megan says. “People can go through terrible things. People can weather immeasurable sorrow and hard times, and yet we can still come out on the other side, pull ourselves together, and thrive. This record reflects some of the joy and positivity that we ourselves feel and appreciate.”

The international success of VENOM & FAITH marked a milestone on what had already been a remarkable journey for Larkin Poe up to that point. Self-produced by Rebecca and Megan and released on their own label, the album arrived in 2018 and debuted #1 on Billboard’s “Top Blues Album” chart amidst global acclaim and ultimately, a GRAMMY® Award nomination as “Best Contemporary Blues Album.”

An incredible 18-month live run followed VENOM & FAITH, a nearly non-stop schedule that saw the band perform innumerable headline shows and festival sets around the world – including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Mountain Jam – as well as full scale tours alongside the likes of Keith Urban and legendary Detroit rocker Bob Seger, the latter proving particularly educational and inspiring for the duo.

“Opening up for Bob Seger was truly an eye-opening experience,” Rebecca says. “It was exhilarating to perform in arenas for the first time and to feel the need to be bigger personalities on a bigger stage; the realization that there’s always more artistic space to fill. Ten years ago, we started cutting our teeth in tiny clubs and to be granted the opportunity to run with abandon on Bob Seger’s stage, in front of his audience, is such a gift.”

“We are playing shows in a way that we never have before,” says Megan. “It’s been a first-time experience to have entire tours selling out and people rolling up to our shows singing along and really knowing our music. So going into this record, that newfound sense of community definitely shifted our perspective with storytelling; we were asking ourselves different questions.”

The Lovell sisters returned home from the road in the fall of 2019 and began focusing in on what would come next. Invigorated and inspired by their recent experiences, they adopted a different slant towards their songwriting, thinking about their music from more of a communal perspective than ever before.

“The writing process for this album was liberating,” Rebecca says. “When I first started writing songs as a sixteen-year-old, I was consumed with my singular perspective; I needed to write from an intensely personal place. When we started working on ‘Self Made Man’, I wanted to take a step back and think about storytelling from a broader perspective, and that really opened up a whole new vista. Listening to this album, now that it’s finished, I can hear the growth and I am very proud of it. There are so many moments in these songs that I can’t wait to sing with our fans.”

The Lovells were deep in the middle of their writing process when they received news that VENOM & FAITH had earned a prestigious GRAMMY® Award nod for “Best Contemporary Blues Album,” Larkin Poe’s first nomination thus far.

“It was an interesting energy to have suddenly enter the mix,” Rebecca says. “You know, you’re in the middle of creative self-discovery, sorting through scraps of paper for what’s going to become the next record, and all of a sudden there’s this unexpected shot of adrenaline in the vein. The Grammy nomination was definitely a boost in unlocking the energy of SELF MADE MAN.”

Like its predecessor, SELF MADE MAN is self-produced by Larkin Poe with “our good buddy and engineer” Roger Alan Nichols at his studio, Bell Tone Recording, in Nashville. Working in an industry with too few female producers, the Lovells chose to implement their independent spirit throughout their whole operation, further showcasing their grit, moxie, and determination.

“Taking the creative reins and producing the last three records ourselves has been a formative experience for us, as sisters and as artists; it has been essential in the development of our own artistic voice,” says Rebecca. “It has brought us even closer together as a team and has done wonders in crystallizing and distilling the vision that my sister and I share.”

“Being authentic is very important to us,” Megan says. “Rebecca and I are heavily involved with every decision that is made. We’re independent artists and it filters into everything that we do.”

With its playfully pointed gender twist, “She’s A Self Made Man” both gives the LP its title and serves as the Lovell sisters’ anthem to their hard fought freedom, kicking off the proceedings with a big riffed assertion of their current intent and amplified artistic power.

“Life is all about balance,” says Rebecca. “Sometimes it’s sweet, sometimes it’s sour. With ‘She’s A Self Made Man’, I wanted to write a song about the up-and-down ride that Megan and I have been on for the past ten years of building Larkin Poe. It’s hard to know who you are and it can take time to figure out what your purpose is, but I feel thankful that in recent years, my own feelings have started to click and make sense. Knowing and accepting yourself: that is empowerment.”

Self-proclaimed “rock ‘n’ rollers at heart,” SELF MADE MAN sees Larkin Poe reshaping American music by tying together its many roots and branches into something fresh and altogether their own, an all-consuming approach that perhaps begins with the blues but includes a vast array of similarly inspired styles of Southern music, from folk to gospel to bluegrass to country and, of course, to just plain good old rock ‘n’ roll.

Within that framework, the sisters have created music that can speak to other peoples’ stories as well as their own. SELF MADE MAN manifests a key aspect of the southern tradition with songs that present a sense of celebration and renewal amid the common struggles of existence, songs like the gothic gospel “Holy Ghost Fire,” which offer a way to move through trying circumstances.

“When you’re going through a tough time, music has the raw power to galvanize your heart and help you rise above your sorrows,” Rebecca says, “Sometimes, you’ve just got to sing.”

This ethos seamlessly comes together as well in the badass boogie of “Back Down South,” a fiery homage to the myriad music made below the Mason-Dixon line.

“As Southerners, we love the incredibly colorful dialect of our region,” Megan says. “I think that ‘Back Down South’ showcases a few pieces of our heritage that we cherish.”

“Roots American music is resurging,” says Rebecca. “And we’re excited to be a part of a new generation of bands making music that feeds off the old traditions. The South is a hotbed and one of the major cradles for American music; I love the fact that just a handful of states have given us so many bands and artists that shaped American music, from Little Richard to the Allman Brothers to James Brown. It’s an important torch to carry because this music, especially the blues, was hard won by some incredible artists for whom we all owe a great debt of gratitude. We wanted to write a song that helped remind people; we’ll take every opportunity to tell that story.”

Larkin Poe wrote most of the songs on SELF MADE MAN, but the album does contain a few co-writes, including “God Moves On The Water.” A traditional folk blues classic famously first recorded by Blind Willie Johnson, Rebecca and Megan take the familiar and add musical, lyrical and arrangement ideas that lift the song to new heights and bring it from 1929 into the turbulent 21st century.

“There’s a fun little research project for people,” Megan says. “Listen to that and then go back and listen to Blind Willie’s version. His story centers around the sinking of the great Titanic, but in our version, we wrote additional verses to try and expand the scope of that feeling, to include other events like that which took place in the course of history.”

The empowered evolutionary path that led to SELF MADE MAN see Larkin Poe breaking new ground as creative artists, businesswomen, and human beings. While they surely value the need to uphold tradition, the Lovell sisters are resolute in their desire to push the music and culture forward, always mindful of why what they do matters so very much.

“We are continually humbled by how far-reaching music is,” Megan says. “Music helps us ask the eternal questions: why are we here? Where do we go next? The music that we love speaks to some of those questions and that’s the kind of music we’re trying to make; music that resonates regardless of what language we speak, the kind of music that touches the soul.”

“We make music, but music has made us who we are. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

 

 

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Tour Dates

Sep 16 2021
Slowdown - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Omaha, NE
Sep 17 2021
Ogden Theatre - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Denver, CO
Sep 18 2021
Telluride Blues and Brews 2021
Telluride, CO
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Sep 21 2021
Argyros Performing Arts Center
Ketchum, ID
Sep 22 2021
Treefort Music Fest 2021
Boise, ID
Sep 24 2021
Roots N Blues Festival 2021
Columbia, MO
Sep 25 2021
World Chicken Festival 2021
London, KY
Sep 26 2021
Mountain Arts Center - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Prestonsburg, KY
Sep 29 2021
Supporting JJ Grey & Mofro at Red Butte Garden
Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 02 2021
POSTPONED - Battle, Axe and Tracks 2021
Carson City, NV
Oct 07 2021
Bogart's - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Cincinnati, OH
Oct 08 2021
Newport Music Hall - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Columbus, OH
Oct 09 2021
The Vogue - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Indianapolis, IN
Oct 10 2021
Roxian Theatre - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 12 2021
Asbury Hall Babeville - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Buffalo, NY
Oct 14 2021
Empire Live - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Albany, NY
Oct 15 2021
Tarrytown Music Hall - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Tarrytown, NY
Oct 16 2021
The Recher - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Baltimore, MD
Oct 17 2021
Lancaster Roots & Blues
Lancaster, PA
Oct 19 2021
The NorVa - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Norfolk, VA
Oct 21 2021
Lincoln Theatre - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Raleigh, NC
Oct 22 2021
Neighborhood Theatre - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Charlotte, NC
Oct 23 2021
Shaky Knees 2021
Atlanta, GA
Oct 28 2021
Mercury Ballroom - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Louisville, KY
Oct 29 2021
Castle Theatre - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Bloomington, IL
Oct 30 2021
Fountain Street Church - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 31 2021
House of Blues - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Cleveland, OH
Nov 05 2021
The Lyric Oxford - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Oxford, MS
Nov 06 2021
House of Blues - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
New Orleans, LA
Nov 07 2021
Duling Hall - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Jackson, MS
Nov 10 2021
The Heights Theater - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Houston, TX
Nov 11 2021
Mohawk Austin - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Austin, TX
Nov 12 2021
Fort Worth River and Blues Festival 2021
Fort Worth, TX
Nov 13 2021
George's Majestic Lounge - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Fayetteville, AR
Dec 03 2021
The Orange Peel - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Asheville, NC
Dec 04 2021
Bijou Theatre - Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
Knoxville, TN
Dec 08 2021
POSTPONED - University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
North Little Rock, AR
Apr 08 2022
Tampa Bay Bluesfest 2022
St Petersburg, FL
Apr 20 2022
Factory Theatre
Sydney, Australia
Apr 22 2022
Corner Hotel
Richmond, Australia
Apr 26 2022
O2 Academy Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom
Apr 27 2022
Engine Rooms
Southampton, United Kingdom
Apr 28 2022
Marble Factory
Bristol, United Kingdom
Apr 30 2022
O2 Institute
Birmingham, United Kingdom
May 01 2022
SWG3
Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 02 2022
O2 Ritz Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom
May 03 2022
Vicar Street
Merchants Quay, Ireland
May 05 2022
O2 Empire Shepherds Bush
London, United Kingdom
May 06 2022
Chalk
Brighton, United Kingdom
May 07 2022
Cirque Royal
Brussels, Belgium
May 09 2022
Trianon
Paris, France
May 10 2022
La Belle Electrique
Grenoble, France
May 12 2022
Sala But
Madrid, Spain
May 13 2022
Jerusalem Pop&Rock
València, Spain
May 14 2022
Sala Apolo
Barcelona, Spain
May 16 2022
Santeria Toscana 31
Milano, Italy
May 17 2022
Kaufleuten
Zurich, Switzerland
May 18 2022
Rockhouse
Salzburg, Austria
May 20 2022
Kino Šiška
Ljubljana, Slovenia
May 21 2022
Simm City
Vienna, Austria
May 22 2022
Square. Students club
Kraków, Poland
May 23 2022
Proxima
Warsaw, Poland
May 25 2022
Huxleys Neue Welt
Berlin, Germany
May 26 2022
Lucerna Music Bar
Prague, Czech Republic
May 27 2022
Muffathalle
München, Germany
May 28 2022
Live Music Hall
Cologne, Germany
May 30 2022
Fonden Voxhall
Aarhus, Denmark
May 31 2022
Vega
København, Denmark
Jun 01 2022
Restaurang Trädgårn
Göteborg, Sweden
Jun 03 2022
Rockefeller Music Hall
Oslo, Norway
Jun 04 2022
Berns
Stockholm, Sweden
Jun 06 2022
Markthalle
Hamburg, Germany
Jun 07 2022
De Oosterpoort
Da Groningen, Netherlands
Jun 08 2022
Paradiso
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jun 09 2022
den Atelier
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

News

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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07/23/2021

Larkin Poe & Nu Deco Ensemble Announce New Live Album

Acclaimed roots-rock duo Larkin Poe partners with innovative hybrid orchestra Nu Deco Ensemble for Paint the Roses: Live in Concert — a new album that reinterprets Larkin Poe’s music, including their 2020 release Self…

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02/08/2021

Watch Larkin Poe perform on CBS This Morning Saturday Sessions

ICYMI: LARKIN POE PERFORMED “BACK DOWN SOUTH”, “HOLY GHOST FIRE” AND “SHE’S A SELF MADE MAN” ON CBS THIS MORNING SATURDAY SESSIONS  NEW ALBUMS, SELF MADE MAN AND KINDRED SPIRITS,…

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