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CD: Michelle Poe – Just One of the Boys

 
Just
One of the Boys”
But
Michelle Poe Ain’t No Ordinary Girl!
Recently,
I Was Approached by Country Music News International Magazine
about doing an album review for Michelle Poe’s CD, Just One of
the Boys
. At first I was reluctant to commit to the
project for the simple reason that there are just not very many
female artists from any genre that I am “into.” In fact, I could
count them all without having to take my damn boots off and using my
toes. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way being overly critical of
anyone just because of their gender in general. I’m simply stating
that I more readily identify with music from a male perspective and
that’s what I mostly listen to.
Yet
Michelle Poe grabbed me for multiple reasons. I mean, here’s a
drop-dead gorgeous young lady in a cowboy hat, playing a guitar, who
is currently on tour with Hank Williams, Jr. Ouch!! What could
be sexier? She is just way too hot to handle because she is without a
doubt, the epitome of what every country boy dreams of—beautiful,
sexy and talented. So I accepted the challenge because I was
intrigued.
I
met Miss Michelle out on the road while she was on tour as bass
guitarist for the iconic Bocephus, who just happens to be my biggest
musical hero. In person, I found Miss Poe to be very warm with a
gentle disposition, and a great sense of humor. Immediately, I felt
like we clicked and was very relieved to find a friend that I could
easily laugh and talk with as we got to know each other. I soon
discovered that Michelle is an awe-inspiring, breathtaking presence
who is so sweet that I don’t think sugar could melt in her mouth.
But
my job was about the music not the person, and although I was already
hooked I had to remain objective and stay focused despite the instant
rapport that came so easily. I could not wait to listen to her songs
in order to learn more about her.
The
first thing I noticed about Just One of the Boys is that it is
a DreamWorks Nashville release produced by James Stroud and
Don Cook. From that bit of information I knew right away that
I was in for a high quality entertainment experience. The cliché
certainly fits that Michelle Poe is the perfect “girl next door,”
but can it be that she can actually sing, too, which would make her
the ultimate, “total package?” I could not wait to find out. I
ripped off the cellophane and slammed that disc into the player with
high hopes that what I was starting to suspect was actually true.
Maybe, just maybe, I had found the perfect female artist to add to my
collection of favorites.
Brother,
let me tell you, Michelle Poe could sing the freaking phone book and
have the Tin Man’s heart skipping beats somewhere over the damn
rainbow. Wait for it…wait for it…is she gonna hit that next note?
Hell yea, she nailed it on time and right on key. Man, this girl can
sing! What a refreshing experience it was to be totally rocked by
such an angelic alto voice. I never would have dreamed that I would
have been taken so quickly. Imagine that. I guess you really can
teach an old salty dawg new tricks after all. I sure learned that my
kind of Country doesn’t always have to be a rough and rowdy outlaw
sound for it to crank me up. The self-penned songs of Michelle Poe
opened up a whole new world of music for me.
One
of my favorite cuts from the album is entitled That’s Not Me.
It is a masterfully written ballad that reminds us that sometimes
what we do for “true love” is not always what is true for our
hearts. Love may be a powerful force that can change your life but
you just can’t change your life for love.—not for very long anyway.
At least that’s what I got from the powerful lyrics of that song.
Over
the course of quite a few of the tracks I could envision myself
curled up by the fireplace with my lady, a glass of wine in hand,
while enjoying the expressive and relaxing sound of Michelle’s music
about life and love. However the title track, Just One of the
Boys
, makes me want to grab a beer and kick my heels up around a
campfire for a honky-stomping good time. Speaking of the title track,
is that Dierks Bentley making a cameo appearance on the YouTube video
for Just One of the Boys? Yes sir, I believe it is!
Miss Michelle played bass for a Dierks’ tour as well.
Come
to find out, Michelle Poe is one of the best kept secrets of
Nashville and has been for many years. She is a very well established
and connected artist who is usually found performing behind other
major acts. With Just One of the Boys, she stepped up to
center stage and shined liked the star that she is. She’s not going
to be a secret much longer. Look out, boys! Michelle Poe is here to
stay!
As
a matter of fact her sophomore EP that is yet to be titled is due for
release sometime early in 2016. I had the pleasure of hearing one of
the new tracks,
Honey
Do

from her upcoming album and if it ain’t a hit I will kiss your ass in
the middle of Music Row in front of a sold out crowd. As good as her
first album is, Miss Poe has taken her talents to a whole new level.
I wouldn’t have thought that her voice could be any stronger, but
what I just heard is a confident, highly professional artist at her
very best. If the rest of the new album is like
Honey
Do
then
Michelle has moved on to a more rockin’, outlaw sound

that
is among the best I have ever heard. I will be anxiously awaiting the
new CD since I am now a huge fan. Give me a Michelle Poe and a
campfire and I will be the last to go home, just like one of the boys

because she is not just an average girl.

If
you are like I was when I started this project—not very interested
in love songs or chick singers—then you, too, may have overlooked
this incredible talent on this jewel of an album. Should that be the
case, from one hard head to another, I highly recommend that you
expand your horizons and order Michelle Poe’s album, Just One of
the Boys
today. It is in extremely short supply and can only be
ordered by sending her a private message on Facebook,
www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008818964844&fref=ts
Grab your copy while you can and look for the
next album at www.michellepoe.com.
If she don’t get your blood to pumping and your feet to moving
then you had better check your damn pulse and dial 9-1-1.
Great
job Michelle Poe, I will see you at the top of the charts!!
-Captain
Joe Kent-

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