“The songwriting and recording development of Larkin Poe and their connection to the live audience has been a joy to behold…If you can find something of your own in a Skip James song, or spend a Berlin afternoon banging your hotel room’s furniture to render a YouTube version of an M.J. song, you know you’ve come to the right address.”
– Elvis Costello
In any normal year, Larkin Poe would have released an acclaimed new album and then hit the road for a very long time. But of course, 2020 has been no ordinary year. The GRAMMY® Award-nominated sister duo of Rebecca and Megan Lovell kicked things off in June with their fifth studio album, SELF MADE MAN, topping an array of Billboard charts while earning unanimous acclaim around the world. Instead of a summer of tour buses and packed theaters, the Atlanta-bred, Nashville-based 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 covers, both classic and new.
KINDRED SPIRITS – which, like its three predecessors, was self-produced by Larkin Poe for their own Tricki-Woo Records, this time from their home studio with engineer and Rebecca’s husband Tyler Bryant of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown – sees the duo paying tribute to favorite artists from the Allman Brothers Band, Lenny Kravitz, and Robert Johnson to Elton John, Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne, and The Moody Blues.
“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 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.”
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.