Blinded By Sound
Singer/songwriter Vincent Poag has been compared to Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler – lofty praise to be sure -- and while his music and voice bear similarities to both, especially the latter, he's different enough that he has forged his own unique path.
Start your Friday off with Vincent Poag and ARTISTdirect, as we've teamed up and are premiering his song "Scarlett and Me" from For the Girls, out April 8.
"I wrote this song in a lighthearted complimentary spirit with the hope of cracking a smile -- hope you do," Poag told us about the song.
And yes, it is about that pouty-lipped siren that we know and love—Scarlett Johansson.
For The Girls Available For Purchase on iTunes Now
Singer/songwriter VINCENT POAG has released his sophomore album For the Girls, officially available on iTunes now. The album reflects Poag's untethered artistic soul, traversing pop, jazz, country, balladry, world-music, and poetry. He creates a diverse tapestry of moods and styles on For the Girls, from love songs like "45 Mile An Hour Girl" and "Scarlett and Me," to the sad lullaby of "Waiting for Me." The album - fully produced and written by Vincent Poag - is the follow-up album to 2011's Circling Back.
He sings something like Bob Dylan, plays guitar something like Mark Knopfler, but doesn’t fall into easy mimicry of either. Credit a long journey to get here, as Vincent Poag took some time away from his dream of becoming a singer-songwriter for the straight life and starting a family.
Music Street Journal
This is an interesting album that never gets repetitive or boring. Poag changes it up enough from song to song to make it work every time…This [Confidence Thrill] is a dramatic and powerful tune. The arrangement includes some strings to add to the power and emotion of the cut… It’s [Stress] kind of like Bob Dylan singing with Buffett’s band.
All About Jazz
“I'll Be Seeing You Soon," this album's most overt rocker, seems to find Poag spent from the effort, as he laments the “bullsh-t flyin' everywhere."… Just when Poag threatens to get too far down one of existence's dimly lit alleys, he'll pause for a boozy celebration of life like “Little One," aware as always of the dangers—but certain, even now it seems, that things can work out: “Persevere with a dream," Poag sings, “for a dream to come through." This album is as good a proof as any that they do just that.
I thought this kind of stuff when out with the 8 track-a singer songwriter! Vincent Poag has a voice that’s sort of a mix between early Bob Dylan and Jim Croce; gravelly and smoky, but musical enough to keep your attention. He’s also got a gift with the pen that mixes the sardonic humor of a Randy Newman with the vulnerability of a Cat Stevens.
New York, NY
Singer/songwriter Vincent Poag has released his debut collection of songs,Circling Back (Danal Music). It’s an apt title as it hearkens back to this native New Yorker’s days as an underground Atlanta singer/songwriter. Poag, in fact, has had many lives. John Lennon, one of his heroes, wrote that life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. So it has been for Poag. Immersing his creative talents in the business world spending years carving out a highly successful career, his musical dreams lay dormant and his songs unheard. Until now.