Southern roots rockers Larkin Poe were formed around core members Rebecca and Megan Lovell, formerly the Lovell Sisters. A bit edgier and rockier than the Lovell Sisters, Larkin Poe's electric and slide guitar riffs quickly earned them comparisons to the Allman Brothers. After introducing their sound on a set of seasonal EPs in 2010, they topped the Billboard blues chart with their fourth long-player, 2018's Venom & Faith.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Larkin Poe took shape after the Lovell Sisters called it a day in 2009. The sisters, a bluegrass/Americana trio comprised of siblings Rebecca, Megan, and Jessica Lovell, had started performing professionally in 2005 when all three were still in their teens. The group released two independent albums and toured the festival circuit regularly before Jessica stepped away and the group disbanded. Rebecca (lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, piano) and Megan (harmony vocals, lap steel guitar, dobro) went forward as Larkin Poe, named after the sisters' great-great-great-grandfather, who was a distant cousin of writer Edgar.
In 2010, the group independently released a quartet of EPs corresponding to each of the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. A fifth EP, Thick as Thieves, followed in 2011, and the concert video Live from Stongfjorden appeared in 2012. The sisters followed that with a pair of low-key collaborative records: The Sound of the Ocean Sound with Thom Hell was issued by Edvins Records, and Killing Time with Blair Dunlop arrived via Rooksmere Records, both in 2013.
Larkin Poe made their full-length debut with Kin in 2014. It would prove to be a banner year for the group, with acclaimed U.K. performances at the Glastonbury Festival and London's O2 Arena as well as participation in producer T-Bone Burnett's project Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes. In 2015, the sisters were featured on several tracks of Elvis Costello's Detour: Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. A revamped edition of Kin titled Reskinned was released via Universal Records in 2016. The following year, the siblings issued Peach, a mix of blues covers and original material that showed off their Southern musical heritage. It made its way onto the Billboard independent albums chart, peaking at 49. Their fourth studio album, Venom & Faith, was released by Amplified Media Services in 2018. It reached number 14 on the same chart as well as becoming their first album to appear on the Americana/folk chart and the blues chart, where it went all the way to number one. ~ Steve Leggett & Marcy Donelson