Larkin Poe recently performed at TELEFUNKEN’s soundstage. Tracked with a full complement of the company’s microphones, the hi-res audio and video performance can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuGI2tX3H-U
The band launches their 2023 international tour this month utilizing TELEFUNKEN Dynamic and Small Diaphragm Series microphones. Learn more about Larkin Poe and their World Tour here: https://www.larkinpoe.com
Larkin Poe performs at TELEFUNKEN’S soundstage: (L-R) Kevin McGowan, Rebecca Lovell, Tarka Layman, Megan Lovell. Photo by Nick Sonsini.
Originally from Atlanta and currently based in Nashville, Larkin Poe is fronted by sisters Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell and features strong southern harmonies, heavy electric guitar riffs, and slide guitar.
FOH engineer Brendon Harris explains their tour set-up, “I’ve got a Telefunken M80-SH mic on the guitar amps right at the center edge of the cone to get that sharp responsiveness out of the amps. On Megan’s lap steel, I have the M80, and on Rebecca, I’ll use the M81. Megan’s lap steel is more of a vocal-style instrument and the M80 high-end boost allows her to cut through a little more. Rebecca is more of a driving, heavy riff guitar player and the M81-SH allows her sound to be tailored going into the board, like a built-in EQ.”
The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist sisters have created their own brand of roots rock as self-producers of an electrifying, critically acclaimed body of work and are known for constantly touring worldwide.
FOH engineer Brendon Harris with TELEFUNKEN’s custom M80 dynamic microphone.
Harris continues, “What I like about the M80s in particular is they’re very responsive, while also being able to take the noise level that a dynamic can handle. So you get some of that sensitivity you get from a condenser-type mic while also getting more control and the reliability of a dynamic mic, especially in a live situation.”
In 2017, Larkin Poe performed as part of the backing band at the Recording Academy’s MusiCares tribute to Tom Petty in Los Angeles, accompanying such artists as Jackson Browne and Don Henley.
Harris describes his drum miking with TELEFUNKEN, “I’m using M60s on ride and hi-hat, close under bell with the mic on the ride to get that sensitivity whenever the drummer just plays on the bell. It brings out that pinginess and energy that drives the rhythm that can get washed out with overheads. I know a lot of people don’t tend to use a close mic, but on the bell-driven songs, that mic always helps, and can handle the SPL without getting overloaded.
Larkin Poe’s album, “Venom and Faith,” reached #1 on the Billboard Blues Album chart and was nominated for the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. In 2022, Larkin Poe released their sixth studio album, Blood Harmony.
Harris sums it up with his TELEFUNKEN vocal miking for the band, “I have Rebecca with an M80, Megan with an M80, and Tarka with a M81. Rebecca is a very dynamic singer. She can go from absolutely wailing to very soft and that mic is very responsive and can be controlled on a big stage or in a small club setting with plenty of volume without feeding back. On a big stage with guitar amps and drums and all that, I’m able to have it tight and controlled, especially for their in-ear monitors.”
Larkin Poe: https://www.larkinpoe.com
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