After a remarkable two-year run that saw them earn a #1 Billboard Blues Chart album and a “Best Contemporary Blues Album” GRAMMY® Award nomination for 2018’s VENOM & FAITH, Larkin Poe returned earlier in 2020 with the band’s fifth studio album, SELF MADE MAN. Once again taking the producer reins and releasing it on their own Tricki-Woo Records label, the record was undeniably Rebecca and Megan Lovell’s most wide reaching, artistically adventurous, and self-determined work to date, and the reaction was stellar across the board. The Telegraph said, "Self Made Man is further confirmation that these are women of substance”
CLASH raved that the album is a “crunching guitar palette augmented by flashes of sterling Americana”, while The Line of Best Fit said that Larkin Poe are “modernising the blues and flying the flag for the erased women in the history of guitar music,” and The Independent said, “Rock duo Larkin Poe sound about ready to grind guitar bros under their boots”.
SELF MADE MAN saw the multi-instrumentalist sister duo, comprised of the Atlanta-bred, Nashville-based Lovell sisters, 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, the album was 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.
In any normal album release year, Larkin Poe would have left home in support of their latest opus and wouldn’t have returned for two years.
Obviously, 2020 has not been a normal year in any way, so the Lovells found themselves at home performing many livestream concerts and adding to their much-loved YouTube covers series. That got them thinking, and now we have Larkin Poe’s second album of 2020 – KINDRED SPIRITS, a collection of stripped-back versions of both classic and new songs.
“Music is a bridge that can connect generations across time,” says Rebecca and Megan. “In recording KINDRED SPIRITS, our admiration for the artists who originally wrote and performed these songs blossomed into an even deeper reverence. Coming up in a family of music lovers, a lot of the songs have been with us since childhood; in 2015, we started a YouTube [youtube.com] series dedicated to paying tribute to our musical heroes that unexpectedly took off and when fans began requesting recorded versions of the songs, we began daydreaming about how an interpretive album might take shape. Bringing these old friends into the studio, stripping them to the bones and recording them live and raw, felt like a ritual. We’re grateful for the experience of making this album and grateful to the kindred spirits who have come before us and written the soundtrack of our lives.”