Blue Mother Tupelo

Blue Mother Tupelo

 Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA
BandAmericanaRock

Blue Mother Tupelo's sound is a Southern Soul stew with Universal appeal - Mississippi stomp, earthy funk, bittersweet melancholy, sunny soul-rock, Appalachian attitude.

Biography

BLUE MOTHER TUPELO IS HONORED TO HAVE RECENTLY PERFORMED AT THESE FESTIVALS:

CHICAGO BLUEGRASS & BLUES FESTIVAL
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

AMERICANA FOLK FESTIVAL
IN DICKSON, TENNESSEE

JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL
IN CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI

THE BIG STATE FESTIVAL
IN BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

THE WINTER PARK FOLK FESTIVAL
IN WINTER PARK, COLORADO

THE FLAT ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL
IN FLAT ROCK, NORTH CAROLINA

THE KENTUCK FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
NORTHPORT, ALABAMA

TIN PAN SOUTH SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL
IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

PINETOP PERKINS' HOMECOMING
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI

BRISTOL RHYTHM & ROOTS REVIVAL
BRISTOL, TENNESSEE

FIRST FRIDAYS FOR FOLK
IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

NORTH MISSISSIPPI HILL COUNTRY PICNIC
IN POTTS CAMP, MISSISSIPPI

GRINDERS SWITCH BLUES FESTIVAL
IN GRINDERS SWITCH, TENNESSEE

THE LITTLE CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL
IN JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE

OTHA TURNER'S FAMILY GOAT BARBECUE PICNIC
IN SENATOBIA, MISSISSIPPI

AN ODE TO OTHA
IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

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SWAMPADELIC SOUTHERN SOUL

'It's Tupelo, honey ... the songs blend N'Awlins-style blues with spare Appalachian acoustic grit, Southern rock grooves, '60s flower-power dreaminess and rootsy rock. Ricky plays a mean dobro, peeling off riffs as slick and juicy as a ripe peach, and Micol's voice is both steely and delicate, like a cross between Bonnie Raitt & Emmylou Harris.'
-The Tallahassee Democrat-

Rock & Roll, Blues, Soul, & downright Funky Country is at the core of the Blue Mother Tupelo sound ...

Blue Mother Tupelo - the husband and wife music duo (singers/songwriters/musicians): Ricky Davis (acoustic & electric guitars, dobro, vocals) and Micol Davis (piano, tambourine, vocals) - began performing as a duo in 1995. Soon thereafter, drummers, bassists, harmonica players, fiddle players and other friends would sit in. BMT primarily performs as a duo or trio (which includes a drummer). Unique, passionate, inspired and unaffected by musical genres, Blue Mother Tupelo is pure heart and soul.

Ricky + Micol ... gettin 2gether ... the early years

Micol was drawn to Knoxville's thriving live music scene during her college years at The University of Tennessee, where she and Ricky met. He invited her to sing with his band (Soulchaser) a couple of times, and they found their mutually strong interest in artists like Delaney & Bonnie, John Lee Hooker, and Van Morrison to be an undeniable force in their friendship. In 1995, they began performing as Blue Mother Tupelo at local open-mike and songwriters' nights with the idea of making their own pure roots-rock sound. Landing a weekly gig led to the addition of Ed Corts on drums and Jim Ladd on bass and a progressive rock-blues sound that soon became a staple in clubs in east Tennessee and western North Carolina.

The band's first recording was intended solely as a club-booking demo CD but, due to overwhelming requests from their audiences, was released to the public in 1997. My Side Of The Road included ten original songs and received good reviews from local media and several national publications.

Nashville Years ...

Ricky and Micol moved to Nashville in 1998. The four-piece band played throughout Tennessee, western North Carolina, and Georgia in clubs and opened concerts for Delbert McClinton, Grand Funk Railroad, and Pat Travers - and, in between gigs, the Davis duo performed at open-mike nights and songwriters' rounds in Music City. A change in musical direction led to regrouping, and Ricky & Micol set out on their own again.

Their 2001 release, Delta Low - Mountain High, was an experimental, eclectic blend of songs and styles reflecting their love of southern roots, earthy rock, soul, and mountain music. Several musicians, including Bobby Keys on saxophone (Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Delaney & Bonnie) and the superb rhythm section of Chucki Burke on drums (Willie Dixon, Isaac Hayes, Little Milton) and Dave Roe on bass (June Carter, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam), lent their creativity to the recording which resulted in a well-received and respected collection of primarily Davis penned songs. It caught some attention among their peers in the music industry and garnered favorable reviews from their fans and local, national, and international critics.

From 2001 to present, BMT performs primarily as a duo, or as a trio (including a drummer), and with several guest musicians joining in occasionally. BMT always has a spirited, rocking, down-home sound. It's been said that a BMT performance is like stepping into a "pentecostal revival" -- Ricky and Micol's gritty, sweet, soulful harmonies, earthy sounds of gutbucket guitar and slide, gospel piano, roadhouse pounding of tambourines, and funky, thunderous, impassioned drumming. But the foundation to all of their work is to channel what is innately deep within them and to let it come forth naturally without definitions or restrictions.
BMT currently tours throughout the USA

Discography

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Blue Mother Tupelo has started recording their new CD at their new studio. The CD is scheduled for release in 2009.
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DVD for Daltry Calhoun. BMT has a song in the movie, two songs on the soundtrack and a music video as an extra feature on the DVD (2006).

SEE BMT'S MUSIC VIDEO FROM "DALTRY CALHOUN" & OTHER LIVE BMT VIDEOS HERE: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=blue+mother+tupelo&search=Search_______

Ricky and Micol Davis have recorded, shared bills with and/or performed live with such artists as:
The Subdudes, Mindy Smith, Jessi Alexander, Chely Wright, Paul Thorn, Guster, Sonny Landreth, Steve Earle, Robert Lockwood Jr., Charlie Musselwhite, Raul Malo, Billy Burnette, Kenny Brown, Reese Wynans, Cedric Burnside, T-Model Ford, Grand Funk Railroad, Otha Turner, Tom Kimmell, Tony Joe White, Henry Gray, Rodney Crowell, Delbert McClinton, Jim Dickinson, Mike Henderson, Tony Brown, Bobby Bare, Bobby Bare Jr., Pat McLaughlin, Paul “Wine” Jones, Shannon Lawson, Sally Barris, Grooveyard, Shemekia Copeland, Kentucky Headhunters, Bobby Keys, Jimmy Hall, Shawn Camp, Scott Holt, Jonell Mosser, Gary Nicholson, Mark Selby, Jeffrey Steele, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pat Travers, Shannon Lawson, George Hamilton IV, Blind Mississippi Morris, Al Anderson, Michael Kelsh, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Kenny Brown, John Scott Sherrill, The Wooten Brothers, Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, Craig Fuller, The Floating Men, Molly Thomas, James McMurtry, Michelle Malone, Cary Hudson, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allen, Robert Earl Keen, Jack Ingram, Los Lonely Boys, Drive-By Truckers, The Wreckers, The Flatlanders, Miranda Lambert, Kevin Fowler, Eli Young Band, Chris Cagle, Craig Morgan, Bruce and Charlie Robison, Heartland, Reckless Kelly, Eric Church, Leon Russell, Billy Joe Shaver, Charlie Louvin, Willis Alan Ramsey, Kelly Willis, Luke Bryan, The Geezinslaws, Ashley Ray, The Wrights, Matt Caldwell, Whiskey Brown, Mice & Rifles, Monte Warden, Rodney Hayden, Drew Kennedy, Sunny Sweeney, Granger Smith, Jerrod Niemann, Kevin Gordon, Colin Gilmore, The Gougers, Mark McKinney,The Ginn Sisters, Farmer Jason, Buck Howdy, The Bummkinn Band, The Waybacks, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Randall Bramblett Band, Barefoot Manner, Sol Driven Train, Ras Alan and the Lions, Rod Picott and the Stray Dogs, Mieka Pauley, Luther Dickinson with The North Mississippi Allstars.
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CDs - BMT & Guest Appearances:

"Love Live (5 Songs From The Road)" Blue Mother Tupelo Diggin Music 2007/"Daltry Calhoun" DVD (music video & song on DVD) Miramax 2006 / Various Artists; "Daltry Calhoun Soundtrack" CD Lakeshore Records 2005 / Various artists; "Hammer in the Delta" Habitat for Humanity 2006 / Blue Mother Tupelo "Delta Low, Mountain High" Diggin Music 2001 / Blue Mother Tupelo "My Side of the Road" Diggin Music 1997

Micol Davis: "Dawn Langstroth" Dawn Langstroth 2008/ Micol Davis: "Goodbye is the New Hello" Susan Anders 2008/ Micol Davis: Peter Frega "Country Boy's Love" 2008/ BMT TV Commercial Demo - Kia 2007/ BMT TV Commercial Demo - Hartford Insurance 2007/ BMT Commercial Demo Honda 2007/ Micol Davis: "Dawn Langstroth" Dawn Langstroth 2007/ Tide TV & Radio Commercial 2007 /"Long Island Shores" Mindy Smith Vanguard Records 2006/ Tide TV & Radio Commercial 2006 / "Honeysuckle Sweet" Jessi Alexander Sony Music 2005 / Micol Davis Crest Radio Commercial 2005/ Micol Davis "One Moment More" Mindy Smith Vanguard Records 2004 / Micol Davis Velveeta radio commercial 2005 / Micol Davis Applebees radio commercials 2004 / Micol Davis Pampers TV & Radio commercials 2004 / Micol Davis "South" Hector Qirko Band Blind Guru Records 1999

Ricky Davis: dobro on "The War" by Erika Chambers 2008/ Ricky Davis electric slide lead guitar on "Footprints" by Erika Chambers/ Ricky Davis: Ricky engineered an instructional CD, a companion to the instructional book, "Starting Bluegrass Banjo" by Robin Roller - Oak Publications 2007/ Applebees radio commercials 2004 / Ricky Davis Busch beer radio commercials 2004 / Ricky Davis "Garage Sale" Kristi Morris indie CD recording 2001

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Festivals / Special Events:
The Big State Festival - Bryan/College Station, TX
Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival - Nashville, TN
Mississippi Hill Country Picnic - Potts Camp, MS
Mountain Stage NPR Radio Show - Charleston, WV
Thacker Mountain Radio NPR Radio Show - Oxford, MS
Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival - Nashville, TN
Winter Park Folk Festival - Winter Park, CO
Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival - Helena, AR
Americana Folk Festival - Burns, TN
Patriot Festival - Pigeon Forge, TN
Juke Joint Festival - Clarksdale, MS
Flat Rock Music Festival - Flat Rock, NC
Legends Of The Blues Fest - Nashville, TN
NARAS, NAMM Show- Nashville, TN
Crossroads Music Expo - Memphis, TN
Alive after Five - Knoxville Museum of Art - Knoxville, TN
Greater Ozarks Blues Festival - Springfie

Set List

Blue Mother Tupelo's set lists consist of around 90-95% original music that consists of earthy, funky, bluesy, jamming songs with an occasional rootsy ballad thrown in for good measure. BMT's music lends itself to many styles of live venues that host roots music of all genres - always keeping the shows fresh by designing setlists that are unique to each and every live performance- For example: depending on the venue, BMT might perform more danceable music at one venue; or more singer/songwriter-type of songs at another venue; usually a live BMT show consists of some rockin' electric guitar blended with some acoustic guitar and dobro and piano - even some a capella as well.

BMT has the professionalism and the repertoire to entertain audiences in various settings. BMT has performed in various settings from live concert halls, auditoriums & theaters (opening for Sonny Landreth, Delbert McClinton, The Sub Dudes, Grand Funk Railroad, Pat Travers), live radio shows (Mountain Stage), fami