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Nashville Flipside Presents: Nick Africano and Blue Mother Tupelo
A double bill at Douglas Corner.
Nashville Flipside Presents: Nick Africano and Blue Mother Tupelo.
Nick Africano is a songwriter, poet, multi-intrumentalist, band-leader, solo performer, producer, and experiments with watercolors. Born in Central Illinois, he now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His style defies the confines of genre, and lives in the mysterious space of rock and roll…combining the best of storytelling, soul, and Americana. Lyrics often softly spoken, or soulfully crooned. At once powerful and subtle. His live performances are captivating and spontaneous, moving between acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, and piano.
A relentless performer, Africano has toured the US and EU extensively, and performed with artists such as Pokey Lafarge, Will Hogue, Liam Finn, and others. Most recently Africano worked as Musical Director for Les Foules’ production of William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline in London, England. Here he also made his acting debut.
Ricky and Micol began their musical life together as (The) Blue Mother Tupelo at an open mic night at Sassy Ann’s in Knoxville, Tennessee in the Springtime of 1995. They’d been married almost a year. That night turned into a standing Wednesday night gig for awhile and over the next couple of years they were graced with the gifts of musicians of all kinds sitting in to jam until settling in as an electric four-some for some time, releasing their 1997 debut album, MY SIDE OF THE ROAD.
The pair picked up & moved to Nashville in 1998 where open mics, jam sessions and songwriter rounds prepared them for BMT’s 2001 release, DELTA LOW ~ MOUNTAIN HIGH.
Several releases followed:
2005’s Miramax film, Daltry Calhoun, features Blue Mother Tupelo’s dreamy rendition of the Paul Anka classic “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”, as well as their signature jam of the same song; LOVE LIVE – 5 SONGS FROM THE ROAD, showcases some live favorites recorded between 2001 and 2006 and highlights BMT’s penchant for spontaneous musical flight; and HEAVEN & EARTH, critically and fan acclaimed, was released in 2009 and made waves across Americana & Roots Rock Radio stations worldwide. HEAVEN & EARTH debuted at #2 behind Kris Kristofferson on the EuroAmericana Chart, hit the Top 40 on Americana radio in the USA, and remained in the Top 40 of Roots Music Report’s “Roots Rock” Chart for a year.