The Lovell Sisters have gained national attention for their fluid command of bluegrass melodies and a youthful approach to the classic American music style. Their reappearance at Piccolo Spoleto catches them in the middle of a whirlwind nationwide tour.

Jessica, Megan, and Rebecca will be showcasing their road-tested sound with maturity and passion. Rounding out the quintet, 16-year-old Jake Stargel plays guitar and Andy Nall (who actually went to kindergarten with the sisters’ father) holds down the low end on acoustic and electric bass.

The Lovell Sisters performed over 100 shows last year and show few signs of letting up. Traveling from Louisiana to California, they’ve packed houses across the country.

Classically trained as children, they embraced bluegrass early on and have now made it their own. Driven by the note-bending sound of the resophonic guitar (a dobro), their harmonies sway effortlessly in original songs as well as standards. Rebecca’s mandolin chops conquered Merlefest last year, making her the youngest winner of the competition, ever, at 16 years old.

They gained early attention by winning NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor” National Teen Talent Competition in 2005. TBS took notice and featured them on TBS Storyline’s Backstage Pass later that year. In January, they were picked up by Disney’s Lyric Street Records. It’s a rare opportunity to catch a handful of this kind of stardust.

THE LOVELL SISTERS • Piccolo Spoleto’s Special Events • $25, $22 seniors/students • May 26 at 2 p.m. • Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. • 554-6060

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