ELVIS PRESLEY FESTIVAL: Home-grown music

Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy bandmates Dan Isbell, Jerry Carnathan, John Staggers and Lee Graham are busy guys, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We’re just trying to still knock down doors in Nashville. We’ve been trying to write songs up there with everybody we can get in touch with,” Davis said. “We released our second album in October of last year, and it’s been going really well. We’re starting to get some steam. And we’re playing as many shows as we possibly can.”

Hundreds of songs
Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy has roots in North Mississippi, but is branching out to Nashville. Davis calls the Music City home, and he said the city has had a good effect on the band’s music.
“It’s made our songs stronger,” he said. “It’s given us a more powerful sound. We’re writing better songs, we’re telling better stories. The meat of the song and the color of the song is getting better, just making for stronger tunes.”
These stronger tunes are on the band’s latest CD, “The Blue Album,” and Davis is already preparing for a new album.
“Between me and Dan, we’ve probably written 100-something songs in ’09 and 100-something songs in ’10, and we’re steadily writing every day. We’ve already got enough tracks to record two more full albums,” Davis said.

Live wire
“The Blue Album” was recorded with Soul Gravy’s live show in mind.
“We tried to do exactly what we do live, and then go over that and fine-tune that into a finished product,” he said.
Fans can expect a mix of old and new songs at the band’s set at the Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival.
“We’ll still play a few tunes off the old (album), and new tunes off the new album. Some of the songs we’re playing live now will be on the next couple of records,” he said.
Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy will head back to the studio to get working on those projects in just a few months.
“We’ve got dates all the way out to December,” Davis said. “We’ll write some and then record some and then play some shows, as much as we can squeeze in, without burning ourselves out.”

Festival Information
At Fairpark
– What: Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival at
Fairpark

– When: Noon Saturday

– Where: Fairpark Stage, Tupelo.

– Tickets: $17 day passes available at
gate, $5/12 and under

– Info: (662) 841-6598, www.tupeloelvisfestival.com

– Saturday schedule:
• Noon – Kirk Chism & Lost Highway

• 1 p.m. – Pay-Per-Blues

• 2 p.m. – Kevin Waide Project

• 3 p.m. – Memory Lane

• 5 p.m. – Crashing Broadway

• 6 p.m. – Hobo Hippie

• 7 p.m. – John Milstead

• 8:15 p.m. – Jonathan Singleton &
the Grove

• 9:30 p.m. – Spin Doctors

• 11 p.m. – Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy

Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal