Po' Girl

Follow Your Bliss

| November 18, 2010

According to its website, Po' Girl's name refers to the New Orleans railroad strikes when women would sneak po' boy sandwiches to the protesting workers. It's a nice nod to working-class solidarity, but it's a good thing that solidarity is more than thematic: The band's four members show strong cohesion with impressively diverse instrumentation and elegant vocal harmonies by founding members Allison Russell and Awna Teixeira.

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Po' Girl defines its genre as urban roots. I don't really know what that means, exactly, but the name sounds pretty neat. If Follow Your Bliss is any indication, urban roots sounds a lot like folk-country. That might be an oversimplification—the album features flourishes like occasional European flavors and clever instrumental interplay. Those touches don't build a final product significantly different from similar artists, but Po' Girl brings a quality that's both infectious and relaxing. It's like being on a nice summer drive along a familiar country road. You know exactly where it's taking you, but the journey is so comfortable and pleasant you might as well give yourself up to the ride.

Po' Girl plays the Top Hat Sunday, Nov. 21, at 10 PM. $10.

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