Burns & Poe Biography

Burns & Poe photo courtesy of Blue Steel Records.

Burns & Poe is country-soaked, adrenaline-driven, fun-lovin’, on the rocks entertainment that makes for a don’t-blink, hold-tight, roller-coaster-of-a-ride, live show. The best part? It’s 100% pure Burns & Poe. Described as the Sonny & Cher of Country, Burns & Poe perform side-by-side, bantering back and forth with playful jibs and jabs, and sharing vocal talents that are equally identifiable, splitting their performances right down the middle.

After suffering from a broken leg in high school, Keith ended his glory days as an all-star athlete, put down the ball and picked up the guitar to become the next rock star. Later, moved by Waylon Jennings, Burns took to the country road making his way to Nashville in the 90s.

Entirely the opposite, Michelle admits she was a geek-reading bookworm. As a creative outlet, she joined the Poe family band at the age of 10. She became a bass player by choice—electing to learn to play the instrument with less strings and more boom. At 17, Michelle moved to Music City to attend MTSU.

Burns & Poe are no strangers to the country music scene or fans. Award-winning tunesmiths and stage entertainers, they’ve already made their mark. Both Keith Burns and Michelle Poe established notable names for themselves as music industry trendsetters in previous endeavors.

Burns is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated, gold recording trio Trick Pony, who won both an American Music Award and an Academy of Country Music Award. Burns has also penned songs recorded by Joe Diffie, Hootie & The Blowfish, Sammy Kershaw, Anita Cochran and Trick Pony (who scored three Top 20 and two Top 10 singles on the country charts).

Poe, formerly a Dreamworks recording artist, has been an integral part of national touring bands, singing backup and playing bass to lock in the rhythm section behind the likes of international acts Dierks Bentley and Hank Williams, Jr.

In 2007, the two made official introductions at an audition for the Trick Pony leading lady; Poe landed the gig. In what seemed to be just moments later, the trio disbanded ... leaving the door wide open for the creation of Burns & Poe.