Larkin Poe wraps up 2021 with a fiery performance at the Bijou Theater in Knoxville Tennessee with Tyler Bryant and Graham Whitford.
The stars seemed to align on a clear and brisk evening in Knoxville, Tennessee as Larkin Poe set to close out their 2021 Monster Energy Outbreak tour at the beautiful Bijou Theater. It was a homecoming of sorts as Megan and Rebecca Lovell, the ultimate sister act and the force in front of Larkin Poe were both born in Knoxville, not far from the Bijou so this evening’s show had a sentimental aspect to it which was not lost on the group or those in attendance.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, when live music was basically shut down and bands and their fans were reduced to FB livestreams to get their live music fix, one had to wonder who was missing live music, in an actual venue, with an audience, more. The answer is obvious to anyone who attended this show. Everyone! Despite the fact that bands have been touring in earnest for a good part of 2021, it still feels like folks are making up for lost time. From the moment Larkin Poe set foot on stage, there was a noticeable ripple of excitement that resonated through the sold out theater crowd.
Larkin Poe wasted no time kicking things off into high gear beginning with “Self Made Man” from the album of the same name was the perfect way to get the energy level up. This 2020 record was recorded with the idea of playing those songs live, and Larkin Poe was more than ready to perform several songs from this album for what would be the first time for most in attendance.
It was hard to tell who was having more fun this evening the band or the fans. Rebecca and Megan along with bassist Tarka Layman and drummer Kevin McGowan were all smiles as they rolled through sizzling performances of “Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues” from the Venom and Faith album, a Son House cover of “Preachin’ Blues” and “Holy Ghost Fire”. Meanwhile the crowd was singing and dancing right along with the band and having a blast doing it!
Now more than halfway through the evening Larkin Poe pushed the accelerator all the way to the floor ripping through “Mad As A Hatter” and “Black Echo” before closing out their main set with “Wanted Woman” that had the entire venue on their feet, groovin’ with every note. Rebecca and Megan bounced back on stage for an unforgettable acoustic version of The Moody Blues “Nights In White Satin” followed by “Easy Street”. Welcoming Tyler Bryant to the stage, Larkin Poe closed out a magical evening with a rousing Robert Johnson cover of “Come On in My Kitchen” that left the Sold Out Bijou Theater crowd buzzing.
Opening the evening was Tyler Bryant and Graham Whitford of Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown. With guitars slung over their shoulders and Tyler standing in front of a TBSD bass drum Tyler and Graham Shook, Rattle and Rolled Knoxville with an electric set of Shakedown songs including “Pressure,” “Tennessee” and “Made to Last”. Tyler & Graham closed out their 45 minute set with a sweltering rendition of Arthur Big Boy Crudup’s “That’s All Right” that had everyone on the venue up on their feet along with “The Ride,” “Lipstick Wonder Woman” and finally “Born Rockin’” for TBSD drummer Caleb Crosby’s newborn son.