Atkins has cited the river (technically a bay) as a major inspiration for her music, particularly the imagery of “the river in the rain” found in the title track on her album “Neptune City.”
She started playing piano when she was aged nine and taught herself to play guitar at 13. She eschewed more popular acts of the day for musical groups her parents listened to, such as The Ronettes and Johnny Cash.
She has cited The Sundays’ Harriet Wheeler as a major early influence. She started playing in pick-up bands and doing gigs at local coffeehouses while attending St. Rose High School in the nearby town of Belmar.
Artists who have recorded songs by David Poe include producers T-Bone Burnett and Larry Klein, the cast of ABC television series Nashville, rock artists Grace Potter and Daryl Hall, Broadway composer Duncan Sheik, fado ingenue Ana Moura, alt-folkie Thomas Dybdahl, jazz singer Curtis Stigers, pop sensation Oh Land and many more.
As a performer, Poe has toured the world with the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Jayhawks, Chris Whitley and Tori Amos. His work also appears in a variety of film, TV, dance and theater projects.
Solo recordings include his most recent effort God & The Girl (release date August 5), as well as a self-titled debut, produced by T-Bone Burnett, The Late Album (Sony/Epic), Love Is Red (Universal Music/The Lab) and two live recordings, iTunes exclusive David Poe: Live From The Artists Den and a concert film, David Poe Onstage at World Café (Universal Music/Decca DVD.) Poe has also created two scores for dance: The Copier: Music for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Shadowland: Music for Pilobolus.