GR-linked Larkin Poe opens up about tour mistakes, joy over creativity

The rock and bluesy group perform Fountain Street Church on Saturday, as part of a tour that crisscrosses the country. The group recently chatted with Local Spins author Enrique Olmos.

Larkin Poe: Getting ready to kick off a concert that inspires and draws people into the process. (Photo / Bree Marie Poisson)


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Larkin Poe began its journey through the unpredictable landscape of the music industry in 15-passenger vans, rolling down the highway in squeaky metal tubes fitted with bench seats.

Now the duo roam the countryside on a tour bus.

“It was really amazing. We have played a lot more shows than expected so far this year. And we’re really grateful to have had such an amazing audience, ”said singer and multi-instrumentalist Rebecca Lovell.

“We are going on tour in a bus for the first time and it feels like we are on top of the world. It’s a big step forward in a career when you can have a tour bus. You see a lot more countryside when you walk through it.

Formed in Georgia over a decade ago, the Nashville-based group led by sisters Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell have faced a number of obstacles in their careers, most recently a global pandemic.

“Having So Much Fun”: the group’s tour stops in western Michigan. (Photo / Robby Klein)

But the group is still selling concerts and tearing up the highway. Larkin Poe performs at Fountain Street Church on Saturday (October 30). Tickets for the Audiotree Presents show are $ 37.50 in advance online here; $ 42 at the door. The show starts at 8 p.m. with the first part of The Collection. Doors open at 7 p.m.

“We’ve really exhibited everything on stage every night since this tour started about three weeks ago. And we’re having so much fun, ”says singer and multi-instrumentalist Megan Lovell.

“I mean, legitimately, I think it’s my favorite show we’ve ever done and we’re finally getting a tour to support our record. So to finally do it there’s a lot of pent-up energy that we have to do. to free. “

Fusing elements of Americana, folk, rock and blues with modern sensibilities, Larkin Poe evokes a familiar and refreshing sound. The band’s notoriety uses the use of the slide guitar, which can be heard swimming through the tracks to create musical glue.

“I think slide brings vocal quality to the song’s instrumentation. The slide is a kind of bridge between the vocals and the instrumentation. It has an almost operatic quality. And I think it really brings that roots vibe to it too, ”says Megan Lovell.

Tours often have a reputation for exhausting and lonely. Time spent away from home takes its toll, and the schedule for scales and shows can become monotonous. The perks, however, include travel, bonding, and tasting the local flavor of a regional dish or bustling neighborhood. The Lovells took the opportunity to go out and discover their surroundings regularly during their tour.

“I would say eating local foods is a great thing. We love to see the local cafes, see the local cuisine. It’s always a lot of fun, says Rebecca Lovell.

“Yesterday we had some really good seafood. We tried some of the local oysters near Virginia Beach. We actually put up a note on our runner asking for more local snacks. ”


On the other hand, there are times when time is of the essence and the only stop for miles is the faint glow of a weathered gas station, a lighthouse (of questionable bathrooms and limited snacks) in the middle of the ocean. from the great American highway. Like most touring musicians, the Lovells have their gas station snacks.

“If we’re ever at a gas station, I’ll go get the cashews, preferably unsalted. This is definitely my jam. The whole group also has a new crush on these Dot’s Pretzels. They’re pretty tasty, ”says Megan Lovell.

While riding his current wave of momentum (the ‘Self Made Man’ of 2020 reached No.1 on the Billboard blues album chart), Larkin Poe came up with a carefully crafted stage performance. It’s a fascinating complete set, designed to inspire and bring joy.

But on reflection, stories of on-stage blunders from previous years are uncovered. Megan Lovell tells one of these stories:

2020 release: “Self Made Man”

“There’s a story the band likes to tell about me, where we played on a particularly narrow stage. There wasn’t much room to run around on stage and I was playing right in front of my guitar amps. And there was a lip on the stage where the guitar amplifier was installed.

“I managed to get a little rambunctious with my dance and grabbed the back of my heels on that little lip. I fall, then I fall on the amp, which then falls. It sounded awful and everyone kept jamming on stage which was actually pretty awesome. So I have this cartoonish dramatic moment and everyone is doing as usual.

“We had a really good laugh with that one.”

Fingers crossed for a smooth performance, without annihilation of amplifiers, Larkin Poe – who released the album “Kindred Spirits” last fall, with striking covers of iconic songs – is about to fill the Fountain Street cave. Church of joyful and uplifting refrains.

“I think the unifying theme of what Megan and I are trying to spread to the world is joy through creativity, creatively engaging in your life,” says Rebecca Lovell.

“When we release records and play concerts, you really want to involve people in the process as much as possible, so that people can be inspired to start their own band, write their own songs, play their instruments, do the one of the most fulfilling things in life.

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