Larkin Poe: Showing Lollapalooza What Real Rock n Roll Looks Like

Larkin Poe: Showing Lollapalooza What Real Rock n Roll Looks Like

Photo by: Erika Goldring

Larkin Poe rocks hard. From the second their fingers hit the strings, sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell sent Southern bluesy roots rock blasting through Lollapalooza.

Larkin Poe stands out from the pop and hip-hop heavy lineup at Lollapalooza. That didn’t stop the sisters from drawing a crowd of hundreds of fans filling the entire space around the BMI stage. This was not lost on the Lovell sisters.

“The fact that people are out at a festival and that people bothered to come and stand in front of the stage with us and rock out for music that is a little left of center for something like a Lollapalooza, music that is more stripped back, and definitely more rootsy and raw, that is so incredibly encouraging… Thank you so much to everybody that bothers to put the time in for music that’s a little left of center,” says Rebecca in her Georgian accent.

Larkin Poe is touring straight through the country until December, and their left-of-center show is worth catching. The band infuses “Bam-ba-Lam (Black Betty)” and Son House’s “Preachin’ Blues” with their own gritty, soulful sound. Larkin Poe’s original songs are every bit worthy of standing next to such illustrious classics. “Blue Ridge Mountain Memories” and “Freedom” are stand-out songs in their set, both clearly coming straight from the heart of the duo.

“I bet I will be like 55-years-old and singing that song and be like, “there’s that same insecurity cropping back up!” says Rebecca, referencing the song “Freedom.”

But these women are certainly not letting insecurities rule their lives. In the wake of #MeToo, it is more widely acknowledged that the music business can still be a difficult world for women. But it never holds back the women of Larkin Poe.

At a recent music festival, one staffer assumed that their male supporting musicians, the talented Kevin McGowan (drums) and Kelly McCarty (electric bass), were Larkin Poe, and the Lovells were guests. But they never let this sort of ignorance get to them. In fact, it can be a bit entertaining.

“It can be fun to defy expectations,” says Megan.

“And as we get older, we care so much less what people think,” says Rebecca.

If the crowd at Lollapalooza is any judge, people clearly seem to think that Larkin Poe is awesome and Chicago Music Guide couldn’t agree more.


Biography: Rebecca & Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe are singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist sisters creating their own brand of Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll: gritty, soulful, and flavored by their southern heritage. Originally from Atlanta and currently living in Nashville, they are descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allan Poe.


Upcoming Dates

JUL 04 Waterfront Blues Festival Portland, OR
JUL 05 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Gilford, NH
JUL 06 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Gilford, NH
JUL 07 Mariposa Folk Festival Orillia, Canada
JUL 08 Ottawa Bluesfest Ottawa, Canada
JUL 12 Levitt Pavilion Denver Denver, CO
JUL 13 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Salt Lake City, UT
JUL 14 Ride Festival Telluride, CO
JUL 14 NightRIDE at RIDE Festival Telluride, CO
JUL 15 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Albuquerque, NM
JUL 19 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA
JUL 20 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Mountain View, CA
JUL 21 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Stateline, NV
JUL 22 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Stateline, NV
JUL 26 The Blue Note Grill Durham, NC
JUL 27 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Raleigh, NC
JUL 28 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Charlotte, NC
JUL 29 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Alpharetta, GA
AUG 02 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
AUG 02 Schuba’s Chicago, IL
AUG 03 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Philadelphia, PA
AUG 04 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Mansfield, MA
AUG 05 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Bangor, ME
AUG 09 Riversedge Amphitheater Hamilton, OH
AUG 10 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Cleveland, OH
AUG 11 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Bristow, VA
AUG 12 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Virginia Beach, VA
AUG 15 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Rogers, AR
AUG 17 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Kansas City, MO
AUG 18 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Chicago, IL
AUG 19 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Cincinnati, OH
AUG 23 Bean Blossom Blues Fest Morgantown, IN
AUG 24 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Nashville, TN
AUG 25 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Orange Beach, AL
AUG 26 Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour – Featured musicians Tuscaloosa, AL
SEP 01 Live On The Green Nashville, TN
SEP 08 LouFest St. Louis, MO
SEP 15 Deadwood Jam Deadwood, SD
SEP 22 Bourbon & Beyond New Albany, IN
OCT 05 Hot Water Hills Hot Springs, AR
OCT 06 Mempho Music Festival Memphis, TN
NOV 16 McPherson Playhouse Victoria, Canada
FEB 25, 2019 Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea V Tampa, FL


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Official: http://www.larkinpoe.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/larkinpoe
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkinPoe

Lollapalooza:

Official: https://www.lollapalooza.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lollapalooza/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lollapalooza

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