Time is a Spiral #2
Makes Joanna Newsome sound staid. Larkin Grimm has a great story -her hippie parents were living in a commune/cult (The Holy Order of MANS) when Larkin was born. At 7, she moved to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains so her parents could study fiddle and banjo music. Larkin went off to Yale on a scholarship (painting) where she quickly quit and found herself hitchhiking across Alaska.
She landed back on Earth (sort of) where she puts out out some very eerie, quirky and touching music sung in a trance-like ecstatic free-range roots holler. She also plays guitar, banjo, dulcimer, pennywhislte and drums. Mmm. Look out for a full length LP Parplar on Feb ’09. I find her a bit scary in a very good way.
Larkin says a Cherokee shaman named Jezebel Crow found her on the mountaintop and lured her to her truck with the promise of maple syrup and sausages. She became her ” first great teacher, initiating me into the shamanic practice of using natural hallucinogens to gain spiritual wisdom. On one such trip, I got my first jolt of golden light to the brain and was possessed by a forest spirit who taught me to sing.”