Blue Mother Tupelo take their sweet time between albums. The husband-and-wife duo of Ricky and Micol Davis last released a full-length eight years ago, then commenced playing every dive bar and barbecue joint in Tennessee and Mississippi. But when they finally recorded the new album Heaven and Earth, they threw in a little of everything: bare-bones country-blues, hypnotic Mississippi Hill Country jams, starry-eyed duets, psychedelic guitar trips, a cappella spirituals, a chorus of singing kidseven the late Otha Turner. The album title could just as easily refer to BMTs simpler live shows. They need only their voicesRicky the soulful everyman, Micol the cayenne-and-sugar belterhis swampy guitar playing, her sanctified tambourine rattling and occasionally a drummer to provide a joyous, earthy sound.
Sun., May 10, 7 p.m., 2009