Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine
Folk Country Blues
Time: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
The distance between a sure bet and a Mystery is adventure fueled by trepidation. Award-winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Davis works the lesser-worn corners of the American musical fabric through an unconventional lens. Slide banjo? Yep. Detuned guitars made of metal and an electric cigar box? Ok, let’s do this. From “searing slide guitar” (Country Weekly) in the Southern country-blues vein ala Duane Allman, to grooving poetic tunes that swing from fingerstyle folk-grass to gritty Americana and soulful Rock N Roll, Davis has been described as a “truly phenomenal songwriter” (About.com). He draws from his rural Kentucky roots as much as his love for the Western landscape and the colorful characters that inhabit them. The nature of these transmissions is compounded by fervent texture experts that steer The Mystery Machine—drummer Jason Baggett, bassist David Bundy, fiddler Matt Herron, piano/organ/synth keyboardist Mike Patton, and guests from near and far.
Davis has released eight albums with various projects including four studio efforts with Screen Door Porch, a band with international recognition that toured the U.S. for a decade before taking a hiatus in fall of 2017. As an independent artist constantly pushing the envelope, The New York Times noted Davis’s “entrepreneurial gumption” in co-producing such entertaining stage shows as the “traveling concert circus” that is The WYOmericana Caravan Tour. The aforementioned projects have allowed for stage time as the opening act for some of his heroes—Wilco, Willie Nelson, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Buddy Guy, Sam Bush, and James McMurtry.
There are certainties and there are conundrums. The Mystery Machine hovers like a pendulum, gravitating from the worn path and aiming towards the genuine. Enter The Machine and buckle up!