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Larkin Poe with The Chilly Stares at Mountain Arts Middle – Prestonsburg, Kentucky – Sept. 26, 2021


Larkin Poe with The Chilly Stares
Mountain Arts Middle
Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Sept. 26, 2021

Assessment by James Stamper / Photos by Tom Biggs TRB Pictures

Sept. 26, 2021, will eternally be a memorable date for this music fan! Larkin Poe, being on their “Monster Power Outbreak” tour, made a cease at The Mountain Arts Middle in Prestonsburg, KY. I, for one, anticipated this to be an incredible present, however when my ears heard the phrases “The Chilly Stares can be becoming a member of Larkin Poe on this tour”, I nearly began doing cartwheels on my entrance garden! (Not a superb sight to see).

Nevertheless, the sight of The Chilly Stares becoming a member of up with Larkin Poe would have your eyeballs thanking you! The Chilly Stares have performed near residence many occasions together with Whitesburg and Hazard, KY, however by no means had made their strategy to Prestonsburg till this date. Larkin Poe then again has by no means performed round Japanese Kentucky. The one time I recall Larkin Poe even enjoying in Kentucky was on the Louisville, KY competition, Bourbon and Past, in 2018. In different phrases, having these 2 astonishing acts, each in Japanese Kentucky, had me so excited, that I assumed my coronary heart was going to leap on stage with them!

Earlier than I transfer on, I need to personally thank the Mountain Arts Middle for his or her tremendous service and for at all times reserving wonderful reveals! I additionally need to thank Prestonsburg Mayor, Les Stapleton, for all his exhausting work, bringing in leisure to the mountains of East Kentucky!

Now let’s speak in regards to the present!

The primary act was the wonderful Chilly Stares! The Chilly Stares consists of Chris Tapp (guitars, vocals) and Brian Mullins (drums). Each had been initially from Madisonville, KY, enjoying in bands collectively since their early 20’s. Sadly, they went their separate methods, however nevertheless, got here again collectively to reside at present in Evansville, IN, and type The Chilly Stares.

The accomplishments of those gents are excellent. First, being a duo with solely a singing guitarist and a drummer, making it sound like a full band is enjoying, is an accomplishment in itself, not to mention accumulating greater than 20 million Spotify streams, having their music Sleeping With Lions included in a TNT hit present “Animal Kingdom”, additionally having 2 songs included within the fashionable online game “Cyberpunk 2077”,  Mojo Hand (used for the trailer of the sport) and Undergo Me. To not point out, the duvet art work for his or her newest album Heavy Footwear was carried out by Rick and Morty’s Corey Sales space. If all that doesn’t make you say wow, how about them attending to carry out at this yr’s “Aftershock” Competition in Sacramento, CA? That’s unbelievable. Day-to-day, these guys are getting larger and larger it appears.

Let’s discuss their efficiency.

The Chilly Stares (Picture: Tom Biggs)

The Chilly Stares got here out to a crowd that was able to rock n roll! Performing songs akin to Heavy Footwear, Mojo Hand, Parchment Farm, Laborious Instances, Whipping Publish (Allman Brothers cowl), and Unusual Mild, the Mountain Arts Middle couldn’t imagine what a sound two males may make! Each head within the venue was transferring! In my thoughts, a number of new followers had been made! There have been no crimson lights with The Chilly Stares! Chris and Brian get higher each time I see them reside! I don’t know the way, however I’ve by no means seen a band that may keep so tight, that may deliver such a groove, that may completely deliver the roof down at each venue they play! Listening to them on CD or vinyl, you’d assume there have been 5 – 6 enjoying collectively, nevertheless it’s simply two like I acknowledged earlier! How?? They blew my thoughts then and so they nonetheless blow my thoughts now!

Watching them carry out in Prestonsburg was a particular present. Have you ever ever watched a TV present or watched a film and also you get a sense of butterflies in your abdomen due to how particular and the way very good it’s? That’s the sensation that overcame Mountain Arts Middle whereas The Chilly Stares had been enjoying. It’s an unforgettable feeling that I do know deep inside, shall be part of me eternally. Thanks, Chris and Brian, for at all times making me need to come again and for being part of my musical journey!

The Chilly Stares is one band that may NEVER be out of my each day music rotation. Do yourselves a favor and verify these guys out if you happen to haven’t. You gained’t be disillusioned! Truthfully, you gained’t be the identical individual after you take heed to this band. Mark my phrases on that assertion.

Yet another factor. Chris, if you happen to learn this, I seen you had a sticker of a Native American Chief in your guitar the place the pickups are situated. It caught my eye all through your entire efficiency. Very attention-grabbing.

It’s time for Larkin Poe to point out Prestonsburg what they’re all about!

Larkin Poe (Picture: Tom Biggs)

Larkin Poe is initially from Calhoun, GA, however now resides in Nashville, TN. What’s attention-grabbing about this group is it’s fronted by two sisters, Rebecca and Megan Lovell. For these of you who know the blues-rock band, Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown, Tyler Bryant is Rebecca Lovell’s husband. I discover this to be very attention-grabbing, contemplating the very fact I’ve seen each bands and by no means knew Tyler and Rebecca had been married. One factor about it, if they’ve kids, they are going to be unstoppable musicians! That’s all I’ve to say on that topic!

Larkin Poe acquired their begin after Rebecca and Megan left the bluegrass band they’d with their different sister, Jessica, The Lovell Sisters. They’d go on to launch six studio albums, two of them being within the Covid – 19 yr, 2020, which I feel is a wow consider itself as a result of every little thing shut down and was chaotic, but these sisters not solely made one however two albums throughout considered one of, if not the craziest time in america.

For that, I give Larkin Poe two thumbs up, and the rock horns for not letting Covid cease these ladies from what they love! I’m already ready for a brand new album from Larkin Poe! Let’s hope 2022 brings one!

Prepare Prestonsburg, right here comes Larkin Poe!

Larkin Poe (Picture: Tom Biggs)

Larkin Poe has the fog machine rolling, unbelievable mild arrange, everyone seems to be on their ft, Prestonsburg is able to present Larkin Poe that Kentucky can rock! They hit the stage, beginning their set off with Self-Made Man. The Mountain Arts Middle erupted! Prestonsburg Fireplace Dept was going to be busy that evening as a result of I’m right here to inform you, the place was on literal fireplace! Rebecca and Megan weren’t about to let up and the gang wasn’t about to sit down down!

Inside three or 4 songs, Rebecca quoted “You all acquired it happening right here in Kentucky!

“It is a fairly huge room, so if anybody needs to get nearer to the stage, come on down”!

I ran sooner than a Chevrolet Camaro! I acquired proper within the heart, proper in entrance of Rebecca and Megan. I couldn’t imagine how shut I used to be to them. Each of them would get proper in entrance of the gang at occasions and break solos proper in our faces! I used to be so misplaced in it, you might have requested me my title and I couldn’t have advised you! If I had a second to re-live, it will be this evening. Simply merely bewildering.

Listening to songs akin to Preachin’ Blues, Holy Ghost Fireplace, Who Do You Love, Tears of Blue, and Freedom, it was wonderful! I imagine in my coronary heart that Larkin Poe rocked Prestonsburg the toughest it had ever been rocked! All the pieces about that efficiency was unhealthy to the bone! There wasn’t a second that glided by that I used to be not headbanging, beating on the stage, dancing, and every little thing else I may consider doing on the time. I’ve been a Larkin Poe fan for a number of years, however Sept. 26, 2021, I grew to become a good larger fan! One of many biggest reveals I’ve attended in 2021. No questions requested.

Larkin Poe remains to be at present on their Monster Power Outbreak Tour. Please exit and assist Larkin Poe! The Chilly Stares shall be enjoying three extra reveals with them as effectively, so be certain you catch them! Additionally, Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown shall be supporting them for a few reveals, so it is a must-see all the way in which round! You’ll find the tour dates beneath!

Help reside music! Purchase merch, assist the artists keep on the highway, and assist them make your subsequent favourite album! With out them, we’d not have the great thing about music, so it’s essential to assist these artists! Life would suck with out music, interval.

All pictures by Tom Biggs at TRB Pictures LLC
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