★ BMT's XXV in 2020 ... a milestone to celebrate ★
2020 found Blue Mother Tupelo celebrating 25 years of music together.
Rising up from the bluffs of Memphis to the mountains of east Tennessee, through the Mississippi Delta, Nashville & now Como, MS, Blue Mother Tupelo oozes a deep kind of blue southern soul & roots rock sound that's been described as truly Americana.
Blue Mother Tupelo is Ricky & Micol (pronounced "Michael") Anne Davis. Our life together as (The) Blue Mother Tupelo began in Knoxville, Tennessee as a duo in 1995 & melding into various experimental configurations, most notably as a blues-rock electric quartet known for our live shows. This group resulted in the debut album , 'MY SIDE OF THE ROAD'.
The two of us made the move to Hendersonville, TN just outside of Nashville in 1998 where we lived, worked, toured in and out of, wrote songs and recorded for almost 21 years until heading to the quieter cusp of the North Mississippi hill country and the Delta just south of Memphis. Como, Mississippi is now our home.
Peaks & valleys, sweet memories & hard lessons, life's highs & lows ... all are the realistic, rhythmical landscape for our songs' lyrics that find us landing on our feet, still soaring on the melodic wings of a spiritual kind of harmonic flow.
We are ramblers of the musical soul, sometimes in pure, joyful agreement & sometimes in an energetic counterpoint. Seeking honest self-connection, we sing & we play knowing that the wavelengths can reach far beyond ourselves.
It's always a gift to share the stage with other musicians who become like family, sometimes having traveled many days in a row together on tour & others a night at a time. Currently it is most often the 2 of us connected by a tie that binds our gypsy hearts.
Some folks have had us on their recordings, several of which might be some of your favorite performers & others whom are not familiar to the mainstream. Most of our songs are self-penned but we've written songs with beautifully gifted songwriters, shared stages with some of our heroes, had songs in movies & on soundtracks, our voices on commercials & TV, played in juke joints, honky tonks, stages big & small, at festivals, writers' rounds, happy hours, & even busking on the streets.
Each experience has been a blessing.
- DELTA LOW - MOUNTAIN HIGH
- HEAVEN & EARTH
- LOVE LIVE - 5 SONGS FROM THE ROAD
- MY SIDE OF THE ROAD
- ONLY SUNSHINE
- WINTERTIME LOVE
He plays Martin Guitars.
"... Their Southern Fried blues / Outlaw Gospel and Southern soul sound will go down well in the Derby City, with a Mississippi Delta feel and tight vocal harmonies. Micol Davis grew up with her preacher daddy singing Jimmy Reed songs for lullabies; Ricky Davis had a family that played country and rock 'n' roll. Both waded through the American musical canon on their way to the current group, so you might hear echoes of anything from the last hundred years." - Louisville Music News
"Super songs played by super musicians. It's soulful/bluesy with Southern Rock, classic country, gospel and even a bit of adult album alternative (AAA) influences. This album will win them awards." - Planet Weekly
"I can honestly say it's been a while since I have been as entertained with an album." - Music News Nashville
"If there’s one thing Ricky and Micol Davis (the husband-and-wife team behind Blue Mother Tupelo) know, it’s their harmonies. Their latest record, HEAVEN & EARTH, showcases the duo’s ability to play off of the other’s voice and their combined skills on everything from piano to banjo. The 14 songs are brimming with delta soul and Appalachian energy. "Tupelo" and "Always Lookin'" are back-and-forth duets that fall somewhere in the space between Johnny & June and an uncontrived version of Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock.
On the gritty "Give It Away /Hard Times", Micol’s voice brings to mind Bonnie Raitt and then Shawn Colvin or Patty Griffin on "Wandering Soul". Like a chameleon she blends with Ricky’s leads beautifully and can change styles on a dime when she takes a solo as in "High In The Sky". The traditional "I Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down" shows the pair’s shared roots in the church. As for guests and friends on the album, "Hand In Hand" was co-written with Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League, Little Feat), Molly Thomas adds violin to "The War" and "Gustard Bellue" includes Robin Roller (banjo), Sarah Pirkle (fiddle) and various members of the Davis’ extended family, and even the song’s subject, Gus the dog." - Uncommon Music