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, & we've been making music together since before we were married, back in 1994.
Our musical life together began in Knoxville, Tennessee when we got started as a band in '95 & then took us to Nashville in 1998. There have been so many peaks & valleys, precious memories & lessons, along the way.
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; other times, 1 night at a time. Quite often it is just us 2 - a duo of dreamers - connected by a tie that binds our gypsy hearts, ramblers of the mind ... sometimes in pure, joyful agreement & sometimes in an energetic differing of spirit ... always seeking honest, self connection with trust that the wavelengths reach far beyond ourselves.
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 streets. Each experience has been a blessing ...
... the biggest blessing of all is to have you WITH US everywhere we go.
Here's a list of our "albums" / collections of self-recordings, latest to earliest:
- ONLY SUNSHINE
- HEAVEN & EARTH
- WINTERTIME LOVE
- DELTA LOW - MOUNTAIN HIGH
- MY SIDE OF THE ROAD
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