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Feral Harmonic

Author: Vanessa Salvia
11/12/2009 | Eugene Weekly | www.eugeneweekly.com | Live Show Preview
Many early fans of Po' Girl, myself included, came to know the band because of their association with Be Good Tanyas singer Trish Klein, who was a member of the first Po' Girl incarnation. But with six albums, Canada's Po' Girl long ago shed the mistaken notion that it was a Be Good Tanyas side project.

Po' Girl has two recent releases, Deer in the Night, the latest studio album, and Po' Girl Live, an album that features songs from the back catalog, recorded at a series of shows in the Southwest. "The songs sort of grew up as we grew up," says singer and multi-instrumentalist Allison Russell, who formed the band in 2003. "We wanted to capture some of that live energy and also showcase some of the collaborations we've done with wonderful friends of ours." Po' Girl will be recording a new album in Chicago in January. Russell promises to preview "a lot of the new tunes" at their Sam Bond's show.

Po' Girl's rootsy sound draws inspiration from traditional American musical forms. Possibly a dozen instruments surround the band's four members on stage. But with sweet-and-salty harmonies, soulful bluesiness, and unexpected instrumental accompaniment, it's more organic than revivalist.

"People often ask us to describe our sound," says Russell, "and we're always at a little bit of a loss because we all bring so many different subtleties to the music, but I would say that 'unexpected' is often a good word to sum it up." Po' Girl plays at 8:30 pm Sunday, Nov. 15, at Sam Bond's. 21+. $10.
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