Rising up from the bluffs of Memphis to the mountains of east Tennessee, through the Delta lowlands and muddy banks of Mississippi - Blue Mother Tupelo oozes a kind of southern soul & roots rock that defies boundary or definition.
Blue Mother Tupelo is Ricky & Micol Davis. That's us. Micol is pronounced "Michael", by the way, and they've been making music together since before they were married, back in 1994.
Friday evening, August 24th, they'll take the main stage at the Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival.
Their musical life together began in Knoxville, Tennessee when they got started as a band in 1995 and then took them to Nashville in 1998. There have been so many peaks & valleys, precious memories & lessons, along the way.
Over the years, they've become fixtures at some of the most prestigious blues and roots festivals in the world, such as the Juke Joint Festival, in the birthplace of the Delta Blues. They've also appeared for many years at North Mississippi's Hill Country Picnic near Holly Springs, Mississippi, alongside the legends of Hill Country Blues. They are equally at home on the festival stage, or at quiet listening rooms with some of Nashville's most reknown singers and songwriters.
Blue Mother Tupelo has released five albums, including their latest, Sanctuary, recorded live in Crawford, Tennessee at Hippie Jack's farm in the Outlaw Gospel Music Sanctuary. Fans of this recording have described it as a "deep, personal connection, “ with nothing but acoustic guitars, tambourines and a 100 year old upright piano in the company of the warmest gathering of music lovers anywhere.
The husband-wife duo have also appeared on numerous recordings for other artists, as well as on movie soundtracks, commercials and television.
The Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival is set for Thursday through Saturday, August 23-25 at Kenlake State Park in Aurora, Kentucky. Discount tickets are available HERE!
Charities which will benefit from this year's Hot August Blues Festival include The Shriners, who will be operating festival shuttles with all tips and proceeds going to the Shriners' Childrens' Hospitals, and the Knights of Columbus.