Gruner Brothers presents Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine
Aaron Davis & The Mystery Machine
The distance between a sure bet and a Mystery is adventure fueled by trepidation. Multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter Aaron Davis works the lesser-worn corners of the American musical fabric through an unconventional lens. Slide banjo? Detuned guitar made of metal? You bet. From “searing slide guitar” (Country Weekly) in the country-blues vein à la Duane Allman with “a particularly interesting approach that mixes poetry, groove and roughness” (Lonestar Time) to a patchwork of fingerstyle folk, gypsy grass, gritty Americana and soulful roots-rock, Davis has been described as a “truly phenomenal songwriter” (About.com). The fluidity at the hands of fervent texture experts of his touring brotherhood, The Mystery Machine—drummer Jason Baggett, and 3-part harmony via bassist David Bundy and piano/organ/synth man Mike Patton.
Davis’s 9th album and 2nd release under his name, The Meander (June 2019), features The Mystery Machine along with a dozen musical guests from the greater Wyoming musician community. Davis is chiefly known as songwriter and co-founder of decade-long Americana band Screen Door Porch, which toured nationally and became a household name in Wyoming. Screen Door Porch released four albums, including ‘Album of the Year’ honors on Wyoming Public Radio while reaching an international audience via numerous ‘best of’ lists while hovering in the Top 25 of the EuroAmericana radio chart. According to Vanguard Records executive and critic Bill Bentley, “Screen Door Porch transformed roots music into something much larger, a down home good time vibe that induces sonic hypnosis.”
As a solo artist with a producer’s eye for detail, Davis’s songs have landed in various projects including films, commercials, and network television. The New York Times even noted Davis’s “entrepreneurial gumption in touring the Wyoming way,” regarding co-producing and performing with the WYOmericana Caravan Tour, “a traveling concert circus” that that made waves across the Mountain West. The aforementioned projects have allowed Davis to share bills with some of Americana’s finest—Wilco, Willie Nelson, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Buddy Guy, Sam Bush, Brian Wilson, Steve Earle, Hayes Carll, Nicki Bluhm, Justin Townes Earle, Grace Potter, and James McMurtry.