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The Larkins

The Larkins – 2003 (Audium)

Reviewed by John Lupton

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After growing up on the bluegrass circuit touring with their family band, sisters Shaunna and Tina Larkin make a crossover into the Americana market with their debut that starts with a solid foundation of their East Tennessee sibling harmonies and adds in a variety of country, bluegrass, blues and pop influences, Backed by a cast of "A" list session musicians that includes Bryan Sutton, Adam Steffey and Randy Kohrs, the result is a disc that satisfies on a number of levels.

"Lay Your Memory Down," an easygoing country rocker opens the disc and sets the tone, but the standout track is "Steady As The Rain," a Dolly Parton song on which no less than Her Dollyness herself lends a backup vocal. The sisters are solid instrumentalists, but the hook here is that they're intriguing vocalists with the talent to meld the classic "brother duet" sound (or "sister duet," as the case may be) with more contemporary sounds and styles.