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Larkin Poe (from the album Blood Harmony available on TrickiWoo Records) (by Brian Rock)
Larkin Poe (from the album Blood Harmony available on TrickiWoo Records)
Dynamic Blues duo, Larkin Poe continues to impress on their sixth album Blood Harmony. The band, consisting of sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell, is part of the women’s Blues renaissance that includes Janiva Magness, Shemekia Copeland, Ruthie Foster, and Susan Tedeschi. Adding a swampy, Southern flair to their Blues, Larkin Poe electrifies with their sweet vocal harmonies and heavy Blues guitar riffs.
The title track, “Blood Harmony”, combines Megan’s earthy dobro with Rebecca’s fiery electric guitar. Singing ‘God gave momma a singing voice. Momma passed it down to me’, Rebecca celebrates the bond of blood relatives. Continuing, she declares ‘more than flesh, more than bone, when I sing, I don’t sing alone’. Affirming that connection that transcends shared experiences, Rebecca and Megan make contact on a subliminal, cellular level. The interplay of the sisters’ guitars is as effortless as blood pumping out and back from the same heart. The family ties extend all the way back to the sisters’ great, great, great, great grandfather, Edgar Allan, from whom the name Larkin Poe is taken.
“Deep Stays Down” is a suspenseful Delta Blues tale of a guilty conscience. With Megan’s haunting dobro setting the tone, Rebecca sings ‘there’s a bullet in the gun. The gun went missing. Suspicion blew up like a shotgun shell’. Full of intrigue and innuendo, the song plays like the theme to a cable tv crime drama. “Georgia Off My Mind” adds a playful, Southern Rock rhythm as the sisters say goodbye to their old home and welcome their new abode in Nashville. “Kick the Blues and Summertime Sunset” go full tilt Rock with a healthy dose of slide guitar. “Bad Spell” and Strike Gold” pay tribute to Chicago Blues in fuzzed out tones. “Southern Comfort” is a slow burning tribute to the landscape and culture of the South. “Bolt Cutters & The Family Name” returns to familial themes in anthemic fashion. Against a backdrop of pounding drums and wailing electric guitar, Rebecca sings, ‘you can take me out of the fight, but you can’t take the fight out of me’. Declaring that her fighting spirit is as much a part of her genetic makeup as the color of her eyes and hair, Rebecca again celebrates her family who came before her. And although often compared to that other sibling Blues band, The Allman Brothers, Larkin Poe are more influenced by Gary Moore and Sammy Hagar than Lighting Hopkins and Muddy Waters.
But, embracing their Blues roots, the girls bring down the pace on the heartbreaking, “Might As Well Be Me.” A classic song of trust and betrayal, Rebecca starts off singing ‘I been there for you baby all along. Giving love to you daily, making you strong’. But as trust gives way to tears, Rebecca shows both vulnerability and strength as she faces the choice between the pain of betrayal or the pain of loneliness. Weighing her options, she ultimately moans ‘if you want to hurt somebody, it might as well be me’ – and from somewhere up above Bessie Smith is smiling. (by Brian Rock)
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