The most intimate shows bring out the most emotion when it comes to fans and artists. It’s the 50-100 person capacity rooms where you are leaning on a speaker and almost a stones throw away from your favorite local band is where you see the personification of talent. This is where we find out who are on the cusp of an even bigger movement. The Mercury Lounge, which is neatly tucked in the corner of the Lower East Side of New York was host to the dynamic sister duo of Larkin Poe. They had just finished up a touring stint with Elvis Costello as also an appearance on The Conan Show.
With five EPs and two studio albums under their belt, don’t let the youth of Larkin Poe fool you – they are plenty seasoned as performers and musicians. The band consisting of Rebecca Lovell (lead vocal/electric guitar) and older sister Megan Lovell (vocals/lapsteel) showed off their soul and blues roots to a northern crowd. The best indication that a live show works is that you forget your surroundings and get lost in the music. With the musicianship, you could swear you were witnessing a jam session live in the duo’s Atlanta, Georgia backyard.
The band had had a hectic travel schedule the days leading before the performance, but you could never tell as they were passionate and charming as ever. They played songs such as their newest single off their recently released album Reskinned, “Trouble On My Mind,” and a great cover of Ram Jam‘s “Black Betty,” which they made their own dueling with the electric guitar and lap steel. There’s a song they performed that was a cool wrinkle and summed up my thoughts about how strong Larkin Poe is as a whole. The song “Stubborn Love,” which is described by the band as a “love song they wrote to each other as siblings” shows how strong their bond is and how far they have come. It’s not always easy as a musician, but when you have family by your side, you can reach anything as long as you stick together.
If you have not heard about Larkin Poe as this point, one can fathom that you will be hearing so very soon. Check out their performance of “Trouble On My Mind” on The Conan Show below. You can also head over to their website to learn more about the band and pick up their newest album, Reskinned.