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Vagabond Lullabies

  • 1. Tell Me a Story
    2. Mercy
    3. Movin' On
    4. Take the Long Way
    5. Prairie Girl Gone
    6. Poor Girl
    7. Poor Girl
    8. South of Nowhere
    9. Part Time Poppa
    10. Driving
    11. Corner Talk
    12. I've Got Time
    13. Walk On and Sing
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CD 303862

  • Credits
    ProducerPo' Girl; John Raham; Po' Girl; John Raham
    EngineerJohn Raham; Canadian Cactus; John Raham

    Po' Girl: Roey Shemesh (double bass); Diona Davies, Trish Klein, Allison Russell, Shelly Okepnac.
    Personnel: Trish Klein (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, banjo, harmonica); Diona Davies (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle); Allison Russell (vocals, acoustic guitar, pennywhistle, clarinet); C.R. Avery (spoken vocals); Tony Scherr (slide guitar); Aaron Joyce (lap steel guitar); Samantha Parton (ukulele); Christopher Brown (piano); Anna Lumire (Wurlitzer organ); Roey Shemesh (upright bass); John Raham, Shelly Okepnac (drums).
    Additional personnel: Ani DiFranco (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: John Raham.
    Recording information: Ogre Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; President St Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
    Photographer: Nikki Hainstock.
    What separates Po' Girl from so many other folky groups with multiple singers is that no matter how sweet their voices are, what really stands out is the mesmerizing groove. They're fine songwriters, too, but that's not what first hits you. It's the lazy sway of Po' Girl's music, a hypnotic and humid sway that's hard to resist. The album's title, Vagabond Lullabies, is probably a better description but it doesn't touch on the Southern feel of the record, a record that comes from someplace anywhere but Southern: Vancouver, Canada. The porches in Vancouver must be wonderful places to play music, since there is a genuine smile that comes through Po' Girl's music, and despite all the wandering, the tunes always come home in the end. There's a druggy muddiness too, making who does what less obvious and Po' Girl a very cohesive unit. Allison Russell is the breathier one while Trish Klein is the more brassy vocalist, and they complement each other wonderfully. On first listen, the album enchants beginning to end. On second listen, some of the songs separate themselves as great highlights, Russell's rustic rave-up "Movin' On" being the best. Sneaky raps and beatboxing from guest CR Avery give the album an approachable sense of fun, and the revolving instrumentation keeps things interesting. Add a well-structured running order for the tracks and you've got an intimate, smooth, and dreamy album to waste away a sunny afternoon. ~ David Jeffries

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.126) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he smooth soup of rootsy folk-country comes lightly peppered with Western swing and soul..."
    Dirty Linen (p.59) - "Roey Shemesh's upright bass plays tricks with time and insinuates under Po' Girl's jazzy to slurry vocal style."
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