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The Lovell Sisters

Time to Grow

(2DefPigs; US: 29 Apr 2009; UK: 30 Apr 2009)

Three Sisters

Three Sisters is not just the title of a famous play by Anton Chekhov but also the roster of the Americana band, the Lovell Sisters. The Georgia gals (Jessica, fiddle and vocals; Megan, Dobro and vocals; and Rebecca, mandolin, guitar and vocals) write, play and sing with lots of good time gusto. The trio’s original tunes have merit. One song on the new album, “Distance”, won grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s country category. And the covers show the sisters have taste as well, ranging from the somber, traditional “In the Time of My Dyin’” to the lilting pop of Eric Kaz’s “Blowin’ Away”. While the three are accomplished instrumentalists, the real attraction here is the beautiful vocal harmonies of the three women. Their voices blend together beautifully in a high, lonesome way that recalls the great country sibling acts of old. One usually equates this with male acts, like the Louvin, Stanley and Everly Brothers, but these sisters show that no single gender owns this magical way of combining vocals.

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Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


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