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Stop & Paint the Roses: An Interview with Larkin Poe & the Nu Deco Ensemble

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"High Plains Morning" went down the rabbit hole with the queens of Larkin Poe about their delightfully aromatic collaboration with the Nu Deco Ensemble: "Paint the Roses: Live in Concert," which is out now. Thanks to Sam Hyken + the Lovell sisters for the chat!

The new album by Larkin Poe & Nu Deco Ensemble, Paint the Roses: Live in Concert, released on Friday, September 17th—and High Plains Morning was lucky enough to chat with three of the players that made it possible: Rebecca & Megan Lovell (Larkin Poe), as well as Sam Hyken (half of the powerhouse behind Nu Deco Ensemble, along with conductor Jacomo Bairos).

Plucking its name from an iconic lyric from the previously-unreleased Larkin Poe track “Mad as a Hatter,” this album captures a live recording of their performance from December 2020 in Miami. Given the mastery with which the band and the orchestra execute these songs, it feels jaw-dropping that they had just a couple of rehearsals before the mics started recording for the album. Most of the songs performed appeared on Larkin Poe’s fourth studio album, Self Made Man, which came out in 2020 (in the depths of a global pandemic). Paint the Roses marks a first-ever collaboration between the folk-roots duo and the eclectic chamber orchestra experience.

Click the link at the top of this page to hear the full interview.

To learn more about Larkin Poe, including their upcoming tour, visit their website.

If you’d like to check out projects from Nu Deco Ensemble, visit their site.