Aug 9, 2019
About This Episode
Formed at the Hoxeyville Music
Festival in 2014, The Sweet Water Warblers have gone on to attract
serious admiration wherever they appear. Michigan songbirds,
Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou and May Erlewine had each carved out
successful careers on the American Roots Music circuit and in the
process grew to respect each others’ work. When they finally gelled
into the potent force they have become, it was the most natural
coming together – three singing sirens and multi-instrumentalists
whose repertoire swings from gospel and bluegrass to soul and even
joyful interpretations of pop. With three-part vocal harmonies that
are sublime, they trade instruments including mountain fiddle and
banjo, uke, guitar and double bass.
Lindsay Lou is well known as lead
vocalist with her band The Flatbellys who have toured extensively
and appeared at festivals ranging from MerleFest in the USA to
Shetland Folk Festival in the UK. One of the main visiting
attractions at Celtic Connections in 2017, she was nominated in the
2016 Best Vocalist category by the prestigious International
Bluegrass Music Association.
May Erlewine has the sort of
soul-baring voice that moves the Alan Lomaxes of the world to
abandon the ivory tower for the back roads of rural America. One of
the most prolific and passionate songwriters of her generation,
May’s music has touched the hearts of people all over the world.
Her songs have been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, on Prairie
Home Companion, sung in churches, played by musicians nationally
and regionally and in living rooms across the land. Her words have
held solace for weary hearts and her writing is for the times.
Rachael Davis has a broad and
faithful fanbase, admired especially by her peers, with a
reputation as one of the classiest gals on the scene. At the age of
21, Rachael moved to Boston to start a career as a
singer-songwriter and 7 short months after joining the music
community she was was awarded the Boston Music Award for best new
singer-songwriter. Her influences range from the jazz stylings of
Ella Fitzgerald to the soulful contemporary vocals of Patty Griffin
– and much more in between.
About Michael Perry
Michael Perry is a New York Times
bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn,
Perry’s bestselling memoirs include
Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom, and
his latest, Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through
Philosophy. His first book for young readers, The Scavengers, was
published in 2014 and first novel for adult readers, The Jesus Cow,
was published in May of 2015.
Raised on a small Midwestern dairy
farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a
ranch in Wyoming, then wandered into writing. He lives with his
wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the
local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an intermittent pig
farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,”
performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long
Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down
Records). He has recorded three live humor albums including Never
Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues.
Learn more about Michael and where
to get his publications at www.sneezingcow.com.
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