Nashville has a new duo, and it’s not anyone you might have seen on “Can You Duet.” But if you’ve been a country music fan for a while, you probably are familiar with both of these entertainers. Keith Burns and Michelle Poe signed with Nashville’s Blue Steel Records, and will be singing as Burns & Poe.
Keith Burns was part of the group Trick Pony, along with Heidi Newfield and Ira Dean. Keith was with Trick Pony from 1996 until the trio disbanded in 2008. Heidi left the group in 2006, Ira left in 2008, and somewhere in between they had a new lead singer, Aubrey Collins. She only stayed until 2007.
We all know Keith best for his run with Trick Pony, but he also played for Joe Diffie and toured with him in 1990. Keith plays guitar and sings. His first singing performance was in junior high school, when he and a friend sang “Surf City” in a talent contest.
Michelle Poe was formerly with Dreamworks. She has a great bio up on her website. It’s fun to read, and you certainly feel like you know a lot about Michelle when you get to the bottom of that article.
The two paragraphs that follow were taken directly from that bio, and pretty much tell you why Michelle Poe is the great country artist that she is. She sums that up in the first sentence … it’s in her genes.
“Born in Toledo, Ohio, Michelle was raised by a single mom in South Florida. There was talent in her genes, and when her mother married a musician she had met at the Baptist church where she played piano, Michelle, all of eight years old, sang at their wedding. Her stepdad, who had played steel guitar on the road with Charley Pride, Billy Walker and Donna Fargo and as a regular on The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, organized the family into a four-piece band; they played at the Ft. Lauderdale Swap Shop, churches, retirement centers, private parties and the occasional club, and, when Michelle was eleven, cut their first record. For her brother Scott, who was six at the time, it was an auspicious debut: "He had tears rolling down his face in the studio," she laughs. "He cried ‘I don’t wanna be a country music star!’ We had to wave five-dollar bills to get him to sing his part."
As high school neared its end, twin temptations pulled Michelle toward Nashville. The aeronautics program at Middle Tennessee State University kindled her ambition to become a pilot, while her stepdad’s connections in the music industry opened the door toward her playing the music she had come to love. "I had learned to sing by listening to all my favorites on the radio in my car," she remembers, and then she counts ’em down: "Roseanne Cash, Patty Loveless, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner. I loved Shenandoah and Earl Thomas Conley. I was a fan of Journey and Foreigner and all those eighties groups too, but country really hit home. I was always jammin’ it out of the speakers in my convertible Mustang instead of rock and alternative, so I didn’t really fit in with my peers that well."
The new single is called “Don’t Get No Better Than That,” and was written by Keith and Mark Oliverius. It’s supposed to be sent to radio next month, and will be on their CD scheduled to release in Spring 2010.
Here’s a little of what we can expect from this new duo. It’s a song Keith wrote (with a little help,) called “Always A Woman.” Good song, they both sing well – and their voices go together really good. Let me know what you think.
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