More sonically adventurous than his previous album, Poe’s latest begins and ends with straightforward songs for a world in reckoning. The urgent beat and fiery orchestra of “Analog” underscores Poe’s longing for a time when progress and creativity were not measured in emoticons and follower counts. “Now I’m part of history,” sings Poe, “When the music cost money but the water was free.”
This third single rides a wave of critical and commercial success—Rolling Stone writes, “David Poe gives the singer-songwriter genre a much-needed jolt.” The Village Voice calls Poe “the major domo of songwriters.” “Every songwriter worth their salt is striving for the kind of balanced poetry and simplicity that Poe seems to just pour out,” says No Depression. “It’s hard to deny the expert craftsmanship of Poe’s songwriting, wrote Paste Magazine of “What The President Said,” a topical song from 2017 which enjoyed the public support of Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda. The London Independent compared his songs to “miniature novels.”
Poe has toured the world with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tori Amos, and many more. A composer fellow of the Sundance Institute, his work features in numerous film, TV, dance and theater projects, official selections of the Sundance Film Festival. Later this year, Poe joins David Bowie saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his band to sing Bowie’s final masterpiece Blackstar in its entirety with the Charlotte Symphony, and Poe’s music will accompany new work by the Los Angeles Dance Project in a world premiere at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar as it hosts the World Cup.
Songs by David Poe have been performed by a wide array of artists, including Curtis Stigers, Oh Land, Ana Moura, C.C. White, Thomas Dybdahl, and the cast of ABC’s Nashville, and recorded by producers including T-Bone Burnett, Larry Klein, Buddy Miller, and Dave Sitek. He has also produced recordings for other artists, including Regina Spektor and Kraig Jarret Johnson. Shadowland, a collaboration with contemporary dance company Pilobolus, toured for a decade and was performed on five continents, for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and was released as a feature film.
Transplanted from the American Midwest to New York City, David Poe served as the sound engineer at CBGB’s 313 Gallery before signing with Sony/Epic. He currently lives in Los Angeles.