Wed, Oct 13 | Lansing

Rachael Davis at The Robin

A beloved part of Michigan's folk-music diaspora, Rachael Davis will perform a rare solo show at The Robin on 10/13! Now based in Nashville, Davis is known for her expressive voice and her knack for uniting the often disparate worlds of folk, blues, country, and pop. More info below!
Rachael Davis at The Robin

Time & Location

Oct 13, 7:30 PM
Lansing, 1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910, USA

About The Event

7PM doors / 7:30 show.

"Songwriter, banjo-piano-uke-guitar player, nurturer, seamstress, wearer  of aprons, bearer of band-aids, maker of levity, staunch adversary of  bullshit...  Multi-instrumentalist Rachael Davis is as renown for  her expressive–and explosive–voice as she is for uniting the often  desperate worlds of folk, blues, country, and pop.  

Davis grew up  not only in a family of musicians, but in an extended village of  remarkable musicians and songwriters who nurtured and mentored her from  the time she was born. Beginning by jingling ankle bells in perfect time  on her months old feet in the middle of old timey jams and song  circles, to contributing newly minted songs to Music Sundays, Rachael  has always found her own unique part in the music. Her clear tone and  uncanny memory for just about every song she’s ever heard came early,  and has served her well throughout her career. 

“I was learning everything I could get  my hands on and when I was 17, my father gave me his Bart Reiter banjo  and taught me to play clawhammer style,” recalled Davis. “I like to joke  that cursed me for life.”  At 20, already a professional and  deeply moved by traditional mountain music, blues, and ballads, Davis  composed and recorded her debut album “Minor League Deities,” then with  that, and a heart full of promise Rachael Davis headed to Boston the day  after the 911 attack. There she began performing in city subways and  the streets of Cambridge. Within months she had made her mark on the  Boston music scene winning the prestigious Boston Music Award for Best  New Singer/Songwriter.  Davis often found sanctuary in the city’s  basement level record stores as well as Boston’s premier acoustic music  clubs where she made fans and friends of local stage veterans Vance  Gilbert, Cheryl Wheeler, Josh Ritter, and indie rock’s parade float  princess, Mary Lou Lord.  “In a way, they’re all still with me  today,” says Davis, “I was part of a real music community there. My  story was just like theirs. We all knew we were on a path to find  something and for that moment, we were all in the same place.” 

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. “My slant on acoustic music can be explained by a mixed cassette  tape that my father played during my early childhood while driving in  our family’s Chevy Cavalier station wagon we nicknamed Iggy. On one side  of the cassette was the soundtrack for the film The Big Chill. On the  other was John Hartford’s “Areoplane”.” Today Davis describes her music  as ‘Motown-Banjo’.  Recently she has collaborated in the critically acclaimed supergroup:  The Sweetwater Warblers. Comprised of Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou, and May Erliwine, all three premiere Michigan-grown songbirds.  

Rachael  Davis now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, critically  acclaimed bassist Dominic John Davis  with whom she performs as The  Davis Duo. They have two children.

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This show is limited to 55 seats to accommodate physical distancing for audience members. We want you to feel safe AND enjoy great shows at The Robin. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask while indoors at The Robin.

BYOB: Essentially, you can BYOB to the show if you buy it at Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale, next door to The Robin. REO Town is a social district that allows open alcoholic beverages to be consumed and carried inside its borders, as long as they're purchased at an bar/pub in the district. Enjoy, and please remember to be respectful to fellow audience members and performers!

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