2012-06-21 / Community

Duo set to perform in Folkfest event


Nashville duo (M.J.) Bishop - (W.T.) Davidson is pictured above. The two will be performing at this year’s Folkfest celebration. 
Courtesy photo Nashville duo (M.J.) Bishop - (W.T.) Davidson is pictured above. The two will be performing at this year’s Folkfest celebration. Courtesy photo MANISTIQUE – Nashville duo Bishop - Davidson will be touring the State of Michigan this summer, and are set to perform at Manistique’s Folk Fest on July 14. Other U.P. stops include St. Ignace on July 12 and Mackinac City on July 13.

With nearly 14 years on the road as an acoustic enchantress, M.J. Bishop did not feel a pressing need to hook up with yet another songwriter and begin booking afresh as a brand new duo. Neither did W.T. Davidson – comfortably ensconced in Nashville and resting on his laurels (cuts by Ray Charles, Crystal Gayle, and Michael Johnson, among others) – he didn’t feel particularly inclined to leave his cozy perch for a brand new batch of venues and an entirely new adventure in writing and playing. Yet, after meeting in a smoky backroom song circle in Nashville, the two seemed almost incapable of continuing the status quo, and found themselves drawn together. M.J.’s evocative, yearning Americana, influenced by everyone from Hank Williams to Patty Griffin, meets W.T.’s often quirky, jazz/blues-infused sensibility with an engaging sparkle that produces an entirely new entity and musical starting point. When performing their preexisting repertoire, new tempos, new grooves, and energy emerge. When collaborating on new songs, both find themselves writing, singing and playing in ways which they previously hadn’t conceived.

On stage, Bishop - Davidson produce what Hunter Allen describes as “a great sound and a great vibe.” M.J. and W.T. have experienced a serendipitous meeting which is yielding more than a new act to take on the road – it’s a new way of approaching their craft, something hard to pin down, yet sensed by an audience with real delight.

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