If I were to describe Larkin Poe in one word it would be: BADASS. This dynamic duo is comprised of sisters Rebecca and Meghan Lovell and it’s safe to say that they’re one of my favorite Nashville based bands and easily one of the best live performing acts I’ve seen in a while.
Larkin Poe’s raw talent is put on full display in their latest album Venom & Faith, which is their fourth release and showcases elements of blues, rock, and country. The album has earned critical acclaim across the board from American Songwriter, Paste, and even reached #1 on the Billboard blues album charts!
I had the privilege of seeing their sold-out show at Exit/In here in Nashville earlier this year and they blew me away. They’re true road warriors playing show after show to adoring audiences around the world. Most of their US shows sell out quickly and this year they flew across the pond for sold out shows all over Europe. They’ve opened for the likes of Bob Seger, Keith Urban and others and been booked at major festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and the biggest festival of 2019 – Woodstock!
As soon as you start spinning this album Rebecca’s raw vocals immediately hit you with their opening track, an incredible cover of blues legend Bessie Jones’ song “Sometimes”.
The album then flows into “Bleach Blond Bottle Blues” one of the focus tracks of the record. This track showcases the sisters’ incomparable harmonies and instrumentation including some sick riffs from Meghan on slide guitar.
“Honey Honey” is another focus track that delivers steady grooves, smooth vibes and gives an perfect representation of Larkin Poe’s effortlessly cool sound.
Venom & Faith is packed with so many great songs. “California King”, and “Blue Ridge Mountains” are a couple favorites, and “Mississippi” which actually features Rebecca’s fiancé Tyler Bryant from Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown.
One of the things I appreciate the most about Larkin Poe is their reverence for the musicians who came years and decades before and paved the way for blues, rock, Americana and country. Their cover of Skip James’ “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” is brilliant and another highlight on Venom & Faith.
Venom & Faith closes with “Good and Gone”, another example of how the duo plays so well with each other. Keeping instrumentation to a minimum with slide guitar and stomping to provide the backing for Rebecca’s soulful voice. The below video is a perfect showcase of their raw talent making them a band that you HAVE to see perform live.
Do yourself a favor and buy tickets to Larkin Poe’s next concert in your area. I PROMISE you after you see them play you’ll become a lifelong fan like me.
Venom & Faith release date: 11.09.18 | Label: Tricki-Woo Records