The Larkins

The Larkins

by The Larkins


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The Larkins

The most startling thing one notices about the debut album by east Tennessee sister act the Larkins -- lead singer and fiddler Shaunna Larkin and her younger sister and mandolin player Tina Larkin -- is that Shaunna sounds uncannily like Dolly Parton every time she opens her mouth, to the point that when the great one herself shows up singing harmonies on her own composition, "Steady as the Rain," it sounds like one singer overdubbing herself. The comparison is more than geographical similarity (and, it must be noted, the sisters' stunning blonde looks): the Larkin sisters got their professional start entertaining guests at Dollywood with their parents. The Larkins is along the lines of Parton's retreat to traditional bluegrass, gussied up with a little Nickel Creek slickness and some Dixie Chicks-style pop smarts, especially on the sprightly "Gone" and the endearingly silly "One Without the Other." As usual with this kind of contemporary country album, there's the occasional descent into schmaltz -- not many folks can pull off a song like "Jesus, Daddy and You" -- but these are refreshingly few, making The Larkins an enjoyable, encouraging debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2003
Label: Audium Entertainment
UPC: 0684038816521
catalogNumber: 8165
Rank: 262860

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larkins   Primary Artist
Dolly Parton   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Steve Gibson   Electric Guitar
Lloyd Green   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bruce Bouton   Background Vocals
Bob Britt   Electric Guitar
Tony Harrell   Accordion,Keyboards
Dave Pomeroy   Electric Bass
Michael Rhodes   Electric Bass
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Brian Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Steve Turner   Drums,Tambourine,Shaker
Scott Vestal   Banjo
Barry Walsh   Piano,Keyboards
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Randy Kohrs   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Monty Allen   Background Vocals
Shaunna Larkin   Fiddle,Viola,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lowell Larkin   Background Vocals
Tina Larkin   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dolly Parton   Composer
Buddy Mondlock   Composer
Steve Bogard   Composer
Bruce Bouton   Composer,Producer
Mark Capps   Engineer
Janis Carnes   Composer
Rick Carnes   Composer
Chris Faulk   Composer
Tammy Rogers   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Kim Williams   Composer
Randy Kohrs   Composer
Shaye Smith   Composer
Rebecca Lynn Howard   Composer
Jeff Chenault   Art Direction
Shaunna Larkin   Composer
Tina Larkin   Composer

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