Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Lovell Sisters: One Day I Walk

I just discovered the Lovell Sisters last night while browsing YouTube. I am saddened by two things – one, that I didn’t get to know of them earlier; and second, that the group is no longer together. The core of the group was three sisters: Jessica on fiddle, Rebecca on mandolin and guitar, and Megan on Dobro® and lap steel guitar.

In 2005, the sisters won the Prairie Home Companion National Teen Talent Competition. In 2006, youngest sister Rebecca was the only female and the youngest person (at 15) to win an instrument competition at MerleFest. She was the winner of the mandolin title.

Our Spiritual Sunday selection, “One Day I Walk” was performed live at the 2009 Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee. It was written by Bruce Cockburn whose Christian content is often cryptically found in some of his compositions. This is one of those tunes that you have to listen for the message – it’s there, but not overtly present.

The Lovell Sisters have an excellent interpretation of this tune – much better than Bruce’s original which I featured last year along with k.d. lang’s version. For an acoustic band, they produce a lot of sound. I particularly like Megan’s Dobro® and Daniel Kimbro’s arco bass on this tune.

As mentioned previously, The Lovell Sisters as a band are no more. Oldest sister Jessica Lovell announced at the end of 2009 that she was leaving the group as she planned to marry and she wanted to enter college. Younger sisters Megan and Rebecca continued their musical journey by forming a new band by the name of Larkin Poe and have recorded four EPs. They are also touring regularly.

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