Larkin Poe's Rebecca and Megan Lovell Discuss Their Brazen New Album, 'Venom & Faith'

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It’s become a universal rite of passage: kids revolt against their parents’ style of music by turning to rock and heavy metal. However, sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, who comprise the roots-rock duo Larkin Poe, turned that practice on its head. “Our dad would spin records by Queen, Fleetwood Mac and Black Sabbath,” Rebecca recalls. “Megan and I were into that stuff, but then we fell in love with bluegrass and Americana. That’s when we kind of came into our own.”

Megan tried her hand at the guitar and mandolin, but when she heard Dobro master Jerry Douglas, she realized the resonator-based instrument was calling her name. After becoming a proficient Dobro player, she took up the lap steel. “That’s where my classic rock upbringing came back,” she says. “I wanted to get a little bolder and louder. I loved what David Lindley did on the lap steel, and then I heard Derek Trucks playing slide. So I said, ‘Yep, that’s for me.’”

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.