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The Lovell Sisters at the Opry

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It’s tempting to look at the Lovell Sisters—a young, Georgia-based female acoustic trio—and group them with The Dixie Chicks’ descendents. Tempting, but shortsighted. The Lovells—all between the ages of 18 and 23—really aren’t a country band. Sure, Jessica (fiddle), Megan (dobro) and Rebecca (guitar and mandolin) take an understated country turn from time to time. “Take One Moment” and “Blowin’ Away” on their new album, Time To Grow, are examples. But they seem to be keeping most of their eggs in the bluegrass basket—or newgrass, really. They devote a couple of tracks on the album to instrumentals: one an energetic, shape-shifting cover (“Itchetucknee Chutney”) and the other, “The Door In the Wall,” moony, lyrical and melodically intricate. Like Natalie Maines, the Lovells—who share lead vocal duties—sing with full-throated force and pop polish. Only with them, there’s no hint of twang. Or Toby Keith-bristling politics.
Sat., July 18, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2009

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