This Saturday, July 30, in Lobelville, award-winning group Blue Mother Tupelo makes a special appearance at Perry County's ambitious weekly free Summer concert series Music on Main Street, with their unique blend of Americana, folk and country blues harmonies.
Blue Mother Tupelo (BMT) has won numerous awards and have received rave reviews from music critics all over the South, for their recorded work and their live shows. Just-added Carolina Beach Music Hall-of-Famer Clifford Curry will make a special appearance at the concert, and Music on Main Street regular Johnny Collier will open the 7:30 PM Saturday night show, with a special set, featuring upright bass, lap steel and acoustic instruments.
Blue Mother Tupelo first appeared in Perry County at the Buffalo River Music Festival in 2009, and returned twice last year; once for the Memorial Day weekend Music on Main Street kickoff concert with T. Graham Brown, and again in July at Linden, during Music on Main Street's inaugural year.
Almost a year after Ricky and Micol Davis married in 1994, they began their musical life together as Blue Mother Tupelo at an open microphone night at Sassy Ann's Cafe in Knoxville. That proved to be the beginning of something very special. After releasing their debut album, "My Side Of The Road" (now out-of-print), in 1997, they moved to Nashville in 1998.
Recording artist Mindy Smith, who had just moved from Knoxville to Nashville a few months earlier, encouraged Ricky and Micol to move to Music City, where open mics, jam sessions and songwriter rounds found the duo ready for BMT's 2001 release, "Delta Low - Mountain High". In 2005, the movie "Daltry Calhoun", featured Blue Mother Tupelo's dreamy rendition of the Paul Anka classic, "Put Your Head On My Shoulder". Their album, "Love Live ~ 5 Songs From The Road", showcases some live favorites recorded between 2001 and 2006, and highlights BMT's penchant for spontaneous musical sincerity.
"In our live show we allow ourselves to take time with a song and let the music breathe," explains Micol Davis . "Songs can morph into each other and take on a life of their own. Though we mostly play our own songs, there are artists and songs that we adore and cannot help but include in some sets."
Blue Mother Tupelo's latest CD, "Heaven & Earth", released in 2009, made waves across Americana & Roots Rock Radio stations and fans worldwide. It debuted at #2, behind Kris Kristofferson, on the EuroAmericana Charts for November of 2009, in the Top 40 on Americana radio in the USA, and continues to be in the Top 40 of Roots Music Report's "Roots Rock" Chart.
"Heaven & Earth" features 14 songs, with 12 original songs penned by Micol & Ricky Davis. The song "Without You" (from "Delta Low ~ Mountain High") is included in 2009's film, "Sugar Boxx", directed by cult film maker Cody Jarrett. Writer Robert K. Oermann, in Music Row Magazine, stated in reviewing "Heaven & Earth": "I love their rustic, earthy, gritty, groove-soaked sound. Individualistic & ear-opening. This little treasure is staying real close to my stereo for days to come."
Blue Mother Tupelo has shared shows with and/or recorded with artists such as Delbert McClinton, Leon Russell, Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson, Tony Joe White, Miranda Lambert and many others. BMT has performed at many festivals including the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Arkansas, the Chicago Blues and Bluegrass Festival in Chicago, and the Big State Festival in College Station, Texas. Blue Mother Tupelo has performed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and done shows across the U.S.A., most often throughout the Southeast and has also toured in Mexico and Switzerland.
"If there is only one Music on Main Street concert you make it out to this year, with only six shows left for the 2011 season, it would have to be to see Blue Mother Tupelo this Saturday night. They are that good," stated Music on Main Street organizer Cristal Odom. "Put hard-working Johnny Collier and the legendary Clifford Curry in the mix, and that's quite a show."
Clifford Curry, who has been just-added to the Music on Main Street bill, is a musical treasure with over 50 years of performances under his belt, with hit records, and an induction into the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame. Current Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam referred to the Knoxville native Clifford Curry as "a real Tennessee and national treasure."
In the next coming weeks, Perry County band Lost Creek, '80s country hit-maker Razzy Bailey, pianist Eddie Watson and singer/harpist Deanna Loveland are all scheduled to appear at Music on Main Street. Current talent line-ups, pictures and posts are available at the Music on Main Street - Concert Venue facebook page.
All of the Music on Main Street summer-long, outdoor concerts are free admission, and patrons are urged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for optimum seating comfort. Cans of delicious creamed corn will be given away, as well as weekly cash prizes. Food and drink concessions will be available.
The Music on Main Street Summer Saturday Nights concert series is sponsored by The Buffalo River Review, and co-produced jointly by the towns of Linden and Lobelville.