The Sweet Water WarblersMay Erlewine, Rachael Davis, & Lindsay Lou A trio of Michigan songstressesDescriptionImagine yourself as a bird in flight floating on the waves of a gentle fall breeze. Each sweep and plunge has the power to shake you and somehow still cradles you like the hum of a mothers lullaby or the high of a southern gospel choir. This dynamic among fierce, tender, and strikingly familiar is what you can expect from the highly anticipated ensemble of these three front women and songbirds of the Earthwork Music Collective. Powerful singers and songwriters in their own bands, Rachael Davis (Shout Sister Shout, The Rachael Davis Band), Lindsay Lou (Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys, Time & Luck) and May Erlewine (Seth & May, May Erlewine, and The Moonlighters) came together upon a festival organizers request for the first time as The Sweet Water Warblers in 2014 at the Hoxeyville Music Festival in Northern Michigan. After a year of touring, writing and releasing records independently, they're reuniting with a handful of co-written and hand selected songs for an intimate show that theyre bringing to the Lower Peninsulas best acoustic music venues.
Joshua Davis & Rachael Davis (no relation) A Michigan double billSongwriter Rachael Davis was born in Lansing and grew up in Cadillac. What grabs you first about Rachael is the voice, with a bluesy richness that will make you pull off the road to listen. Add in some incisive songwriting, and you have an artist with a strong and growing following. Says songwriter Susan Werner: "We don't have Eva Cassidy anymore, but we do have Rachael Davis." Rachael's diverse slant on acoustic music can aptly be explained by a cassette mixtape that her father played during her early childhood in the family's Chevy Cavalier station wagon, "Iggy." On one side of the cassette was the soundtrack for the film "The Big Chill"; on the other side was John Hartford's "Aereo-Plane." Recently Rachael has been living in Tennessee and working on an album, so you can be among the first to hear this new music!Raised between the homes of a Detroit schoolteacher and an Upper Peninsula outdoorsman, Joshua Davis is the product of both city and country. An early interest in songwriting, country blues, and fingerstyle guitar paved the way for original material that's a seamless union of new and old. After six years and three albums as the primary songwriter and vocalist of the Michigan quartet Steppin' in It, Joshua has released three solo albums. His latest, "A Miracle of Birds," reflects his recent experiences: In 2012, Joshua joined the nonprofit organization On the Ground for the Run Across Palestine and experienced a life-changing journey. The focus of the five-day, 129-mile ultramarathon was to raise funds and awareness in support of fair-trade olive farming communities in the Palestinian West Bank. The stories and songs on "A Miracle of Birds," released one year after the run, are honest expressions of his experiences in the West Bank, colored by Joshua's own unique history and upbringing.Visit Joshua Davis & Rachael Davis (no relation) on the web
Amy LaVere, Rachael Davis, Jim Lauderdale - Host
Rachael Davis and Joshua Davis Born out of the lakeshore city of Muskegon, Watermark Live is pleased to present, a spring concert series showcasing Michigan-based touring acts. This spring concert series is presented by Watermark Live with the concerts being held at Watermark 920. Watermark 920 continues to offer space for events and a stage for musical acts to perform in an intimate setting. The concert series is designed to expose the artists who put their experiences to music and share it from the stage. Artists are not chosen based on genre, rather they are chosen because they exhibit rare potential. Each concert is unique and makes for a diverse series of shows. DATES: Rachel Davis & Joshua Davis May 16, 2014 WHAT:Spring Concert Series WHERE: Watermark 920 - 920 Washington Ave, Muskegon, MI 49441 SCHEDULE:Doors open at 6pm Opening act: 7:00pm Featured act set: 8:30pm - 10pm DETAILS: There is plenty of seating, plenty of room to dance, and full service bar featuring Michigan beer and wine.. Join us in an intimate setting enjoying an evening of music. Drip Drop Drink will also be on site serving up hot coffee concoctions in their pop up coffee shop. Drip Drop Drink FOOD:Fatty Lumpkins will be on hand serving up their famous sammies in their pop up restaurant. Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack ABOUT THE CONCERT SERIES: The Spring Concert series was created by the team behind Watermark Live and showcases musical acts touring the great state of Michigan. The evening is hosted by singer/songwriter Christopher Cordle. The Spring Concert series is an acoustic series and is designed to expose the artists who put their experiences of these peninsulas to music. Artists are not chosen based on genre, rather they are chosen because they exhibit rare potential. Each concert is unique and makes for a diverse series of shows. ABOUT THE CONCERT SERIES HOST Christopher Cordle - Born and raised in Muskegon, Christopher C. Cordle is a graphic artist, a fine artist, a musician and a producer as well as a luthier who trained under the tutelage of Robert Sayers. Chris is also an accomplished singer-songwriter with three WYCE Jammie nominated CD's. Chris has a degree in Graphic Design and specializes in illustration and branding. Chris is also responsible for the look and feel of our Watermark Live productions and creates the visuals as well as all of the branding for our shows. Chris has over 20 years of newspaper reproduction experience and was an original member in popular bands Yard Sale Underwear and original touring band Victoria Park in the early 1990s. Chris also worked under J.C. Howe with Muskegon Civic Theater to gain set painting experience. Rachael Davis & Joshua Davis May 16, 2014 About Rachael Davis - When Rachael Davis first opened her mouth to sing she had clear tone, sharp control, an extensive range and a keen understanding about the nature of a tune, which were all unusual for a two-year-old. At five-years-old she learned to sing harmony to the mountain songs her mother sang to her, at eight she earned five dollars for her first paying gig with the family band Lake Effect. At nine-years-old Rachael took up piano and started writing the songs that would ultimately prime her for her future as a songwriter. At twelve she took her first guitar lesson, at fourteen she began performing without her parents. At fifteen, sixteen and seventeen-years-old Rachael was writing songs that laid bare wisdom which widely exceeded her years. When Rachael was eighteen her father put his Bart Reiter banjo in her hands and taught her how to play claw hammer banjo. Rachael will joke that by doing this, her father had cursed her for life, but the reality is that he had allowed his daughter to discover her first devastating love in the lilting splendor of a well played old-timey tune. At twenty Rachael recorded and released her first album "Minor League Deities" that was a collection of the songs she had been writing during her teenage years. The album won critical accolades in the acoustic music scene and acclaim among folk music listeners. The year after "Deities" was released Davis took her song and dance from the comfort of her Midwestern upbringing to the roar of the east. She made a place for herself in Boston, Massachusetts where she found good friends, reticent success and new influences that would catapult her into the next stage of songwriting. Coming into her own as she played for passers by on the city's sidewalks and subway platforms Rachael started drawing musical inspiration from sources that weren't in her parents' substantial vinyl collection. She was discovering new artists with new sounds and new songs all on her own. Whether they were contemporary sounds that the world at large was hearing for the first time, or they were the classics that Davis was encountering for the first time. Rachael found sanctuary in basement level record stores and Boston's premier acoustic music clubs. She fell in love with the voices of Patty Griffin, Aoife O'Donovan [Crooked Still] and Deb Talan [The Weepies]. Rachael began to listen with a discerning ear to the songwriting of Gillian Welch and Greg Brown, got a few performance tips from stage veterans like Vance Gilbert and Cheryl Wheeler and even got the guided tour, a time, or two, from Josh Ritter, who was a local at that time, and indie rock's parade float princess, Mary Lou Lord. These influences and experiences set a heavy hand on the artist that Rachael is today. Because Davis has been swayed by so many different types of music her style is difficult to file and will not languorously rest amid broader musical genres. Rachael's slant on acoustic music can aptly be explained by a mixed cassette tape that her father played during her early childhood in the family's Chevy Cavalier station wagon "Iggy". On one side of the cassette was the soundtrack for the film The Big Chill on the other side was John Hartford's "Areoplane". Countless hours of riding and listening during such a critical period for a receptive child had a lasting impression and thus created Davis' very own category of acoustic music that she amorously calls 'Motown-Banjo'. In the time of her 10 year solo career Rachael has released 4 albums including one collaboration with the Lansing, Michigan based American-roots band Steppin' In It and one live record with long-time musical partner Brett Hartenbach [Daniel Johnston] that came out of a live radio show recorded in Breman, Germany in May of 2004. Davis has lent her voice to countless other recordings including tracks for film, television and guest vocals on other records. Rachael Davis ABOUT JOSHUA DAVIS: Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements, and the land. He writes songs that blend the roots of American music with gritty rock n' roll and vintage soul. Performing Songwriter Magazine called the result, "Some of the liveliest and most rocking roots music around. For over 15 years Joshua has made his living sharing his songs, stories and knowledge across the US and Canada at festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses and dives - as a solo act, front man for roots ensemble "Steppin' In It", classic swing band "Shout Sister Shout", songwriter showcase band "The Starlight Six" and frequently as a workshop facilitator, presenter or instructor. His music is steeped in ragtime blues, sweet jazz and real country but Davis's broad schooling in the cultural, political and musical roots of American tradition has resulted in more than a simple retelling of universal themes. Dubbed, "the Michigan version of the Great American Songscape" (Chris Reitz, Elderly Instruments), his catalog is a seamless snapshot of American past and present. Davis has released three critically acclaimed solo albums, five albums with Steppin' In It, a record of jazz standards with Shout Sister Shout, and has appeared on too many albums to count. His most recent album, "A Miracle of Birds" is inspired by his travels in the Palestinian West Bank with non-profit organization On the Ground. About the album, Revue magazine says, "His heartfelt documentation of 'people as people' offers up compassionate songs of hope, darkness and perseverance." Joshua has performed live on the internationally syndicated programs Mountain Stage, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour and Backstage Pass. His songs have been featured on NPR's All Songs Considered, Folk Alley and The Mix and he has played scores of prestigious festivals and venues not to mention every festival Michigan has to offer. His music receives regular airplay across the US and has been heard in at least 180 countries. His records have consistently appeared on major independent and free-format radio charts. Among other honors, "Fool Rooster" earned the album of the year slot from Progressive Torch and Twang, a cult favorite Americana show on WDBM, "Magnolia Belles" won Americana album of the year from WYCE, "Simple Tunes for Troubled Times" was one of Folk Alley's best albums of 2009 and Shout Sister Shout's "Hit That Jive" reached #1 on the Roots Music Report jazz chart and was the longest charting jazz album of that year. His greatest honor as a writer came recently when the Michigan Historical Museum recognized his work in "Put It On Paper", an exhibit examining the creative process alongside legendary creative minds such as Ernest Hemingway and Laura Ingalls-Wilder. He lives in Lansing, Michigan with his lovely and brilliant wife and daughter. Joshua Davis ABOUT THE VENUE: Watermark 920: Muskegon's newest and most innovative space for events is changing how we work and how we celebrate. This progressive urban address integrates productivity with creativity and is redefining event planning on the lakeshore. The Watermark ABOUT WATERMARK LIVE: Watermark Live is the event and promotions arm of the Watermark Center headed up by a group of event professionals, artists and musicians from the Muskegon area; our group draws on a collaborative, not competitive attitude to bring you the most diverse events imaginable. Our events are intended to intrigue, excite, inform, and most importantly entertain. Whether you're attending one of our installments of our concert series, or dancing the night away at a Halloween extravaganza, or who knows what else we will come up with, you can bet you will have a great time. Watermark Live