Larkin Poe Wows Austin (And Keith Urban) At SXSW THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: Larkin Poe @ STUBB'S | SXSW 3/16/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Larkin Poe: I’m a big fan of Larkin Poe. Plain and simple. The sisters Lovell (Rebecca and Megan) puts their own modern spin on southern roots rock and it’s a glorious thing. Not only do they sing with soul (Rebecca sings lead, but Megan’s harmonies are always on point(), but they also shred their respective axes. In fact, Megan’s slide guitar is an absolute joy to watch, especially when her eyes are close and her head nods back; it’s like she’s summoning the spirit of Elmore James. I’d seen them a handful of times already, and was also planning on catching them the following afternoon, but there was not was I was going to miss them perform at my favorite Austin venue.
What I Thought Of Larkin Poe’s Performance: Although I’ve already mentioned here, and here, and here, I’d be remiss not to mention that I wasn’t able to watch their entire performance because Keith’s management wouldn’t let writers with photography gear remain in the venue during performances… even for the openers.
I can only assume that Megan and Rebecca impressed the Austin audience like they’ve always impressed me. Apparently, Keith was impressed as well because subsequent to Larkin’s performance, he not only had them join him during his own set, but also tapped them to join him for his upcoming domestic tour. I’m sure they absolutely slayed their duet with Keith … but I obviously wasn’t in the venue to see it happen. Thank god I got to catch a full Larkin Poe set the next day.