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Gazette Premium Content Awna Teixeira of Po'Girls venturing out solo

By Jen Mulson Updated: April 3, 2014 at 9:07 am

AWNA TEIXEIRA WITH THE HOPEFUL HEROINES, CHELA LUJAN AND THE HARDLY NEVERS

9 p.m. Wednesday, Zodiac Venue/Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave., $5, 632-5059, zodiacvenue.com

A musician can learn a lot about herself when she's on the road alone.

For nine years, Awna Teixeira and Allison Russell established a name as the urban roots band Po' Girl. In 2012, Teixeira decided to go it alone when Russell's other band, Birds of Chicago, with husband JT Nero, started to take off. She plays at Zodiac Venue/Bar on Wednesday.

Going solo has been an illuminating experience, helping Teixeira discover some important parts of herself and her music.

"I hadn't found my own voice in my songs, and I thought I did," Teixeira said from her home in Salt Lake City. "That was a really cool awakening. When I wrote for Po' Girl, it was a particular style. I had everybody's instrumentation in mind and what the band could do with this song, and it catered to what the audiences liked. Now that that's gone and there's no other influence, I went through a period of who the hell am I? And all of a sudden I feel like I'm learning who I am musically for the first time in my life."

She describes her style as a hodge-podge of Portuguese folk, old-timey music and classic '60s and '70s tunes from artists such as The Beatles. She writes music for the guitar, banjo, ukulele and accordion - the latter of which she bought for 40 bucks in a thrift store about 10 years ago.

"I became obsessed with it immediately," Teixeira said. "I feel like I played it before. I had a deep connection to it that felt unexplainable."

Jennifer Mulson, The Gazette, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

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