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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday To-Do: The Lovell Sisters

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 9:29 AM

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THE LOVELL SISTERS
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $5.

The Lovell Sisters may be young — Jessica is 23, Megan 20 and Rebecca 18 — but in just a handful of years performing together, the acoustic folk trio's managed to rack up a number of accolades. In 2005, they won a teen talent contest sponsored by “Prairie Home Companion.” The following year, Rebecca, then 15, became the youngest person ever to win the mandolin contest at MerleFest. And last year, one of the band's songs placed first in the John Lennon Songwriting contest. All this from a Calhoun, Ga., family schooled not in bluegrass or classic country, but classical and choral traditions. As the story goes, hearing legendary dobroist Jerry Douglas' “Slide Rule” put the sisters down their current path. It's one that looks a lot like bluegrass traditional — with three-part harmonies and a mix of dobro, fiddle, mandolin and resonator guitar — but sounds more like folk-filtered country pop. Fans of the Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss, take notice. Little Rock's Troubaduo opens.

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