10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: December 2017

From a Dwight Yoakam protégé to an Australian singer-songwriter proficient in outlaw twang-rock

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Larkin Poe
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Larkin Poe

Sounds Like: Modern roots-rock with bluesy influences and a penchant for bombast

For Fans of: Grace Potter, Brandi Carlile, the Dead Weather

Why You Should Pay Attention: Sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell have one hell of a musical resume. They've served as session players for albums by T Bone Burnett (Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes) and Steven Tyler (We're All Somebody From Somewhere), while occasionally hitting the road as backing musicians for artists like Conor Oberst and Elvis Costello. Those experiences have served them well as they've worked on their own project, Larkin Poe. Debuting in 2014 with KIN, they quickly established themselves as a singular new sound in roots rock, blending Haim-esque vocal harmonies with thick, gnarly guitar riffs that leave no doubt as to how they found a fan in someone like Costello. Their most recent album, Peach, came out earlier this year and finds the duo exploring their blues roots via covers of Son House, Robert Johnson and Lead Belly.

They Say: "After releasing [the 2016 album] Reskinned, we took almost two years away from the studio and spent that time out on the road touring, writing and just living," Megan says. "As artists, we feel a huge shift has taken place in the span of those two years." "Peach is our first self-produced album and also the first album where we played everything: drums, bass, keys, synths, slide guitar, banjo, electric guitar... you name it," Rebecca adds. "Armed with new experience and the support of one another, we felt empowered to do it all ourselves."

Hear for Yourself: The duo's rendition of Son House's Paramount Records cut "Preachin' Blues" is a smoldering, foot-stomping exorcism. B.M.

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