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"The Larkins" - Debut Album
(featuring Dolly Parton)
Release date 7-8-03

Youth and beauty are the package containing two voices equal to the chimes of the finest crystal that meld into a unique and harmonious sound... a sound that will blaze a new trail allowing country fans to follow The Larkins to stardom.

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On the wings of a sweet summer breeze, a talented new duo has been swept from the hills of eastern Tennessee landing at Audium Records where The Larkins have recorded their debut album, self titled, "The Larkins".

The debut CD is a blend of traditional country and the effervescence of bluegrass that they were raised on, all mixed with a dash of the original sound that are Shaunna and Tina Larkin's own dash of modern country/bluegrass.

While The Larkins have a newly honed edge to their sound, they were reared on pure tradition - the tradition of life in the Tennessee hills - the tradition of family and roots that made them the third generation of country artists - and the tradition of mountain music that they have performed on stage with their father, Lowell and their mother, Barbara as the Larkin Family since they were children. "We grew up surrounded by traditional music - we traveled the bluegrass circuit with out parents literally from the time we could toddle around," says 21 year old Shaunna. Tina, 19, adds, "Add that to the fact that we're part of a young generation of musicians and songwriters who want to make a mark with our own originality and I think we have some awesome advantages from both worlds."

The Larkin family have been a staple of traditional country and bluegrass music in Eastern Tennessee for many, many years, traveling all over the area to perform their music for all to enjoy. One native of the area, Dolly Parton took a particular interest in this talented family. Dolly put the Larkin Family to work in Dollywood where they performed for eight years. It was Dolly who wrote the first release from the Larkin's album and it is Dolly who sings harmony with Shaunna and Tina on their first release, "Steady as the Rain". Dolly has also agreed to be a part of the video which will debut later this summer.

Tina plays mandolin as beautifully as she sings the lead vocals and Shaunna's fiddle and rich vocals on lead and harmony come to the forefront of the music. Both are accomplished musicians, lyricists, and arrangers. Maintaining that family togetherness, Shaunna and Tina are backed by their mother, Barbara, on banjo and piano; while father, Lowell, covers guitar and baritone vocals. Combine all of that with the talents that were involved in creating "The Larkins" and you've got a sure fire winner on your hands.

With ten tracks, all of them wonderfully written and performed, it's difficult to chose a favorite... but if I had to chose, I'd say, "Jesus, Daddy And You". This is as traditional as it gets and the lyrics sung by the angelic voices of Tina and Shaunna give me goosebumps everytime I hear it. "The first of 3 men I gave my heart to... Jesus, Daddy and You..."

So get ready for the The Larkins, country fans. These gals are more than just a pretty picture!

Marlene Slater (Marli)
My Kind of Country
7-3-03

1. Lay Your Memory Down

2. One Without The Other

3. Above It All

4. Steady As The Rain

5. Head Over Heels

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6. I Still Believed You Loved Me

7. Gone

8. Jesus, Daddy And You

9. Go

10. Kiss And Tell

2003 Audium Records   All Rights Reserved

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