Michigan singer-songwriter Rachael Davis' "Summertime" has had a rich life in live performance and on some compilations since she wrote it 12 years ago with husband Dominic John Davis (Jack White, Greensky Bluegrass, Joshua Davis, Beck). But it's taken until the Sweet Water Warblers, Davis' group with May Erlewine and Lindsay Lou, to get an official release on one of her own projects.
"That song's been bouncing around for so long," Davis says of the track, premiering below. "That was one of the first songs we performed as Sweet Water Warblers; Lindsay knew it and May knew it. So when we were making the list for this album, that just kept popping up in all the combinations of tunes we wanted to do. It's exciting to finally have it coming out."
Davis, Erlewine and Lou had separate careers in Michigan when that first Warblers show took place during the summer of 2014, put together by organizers of the Hoxeyville Music Festival in Wellston, Mich. It was intended as a one-off special event, but the trio quickly recognized the potential it had together. "We didn't have much time to prepare -- maybe an hour before the set," recalls Erlewine, the only Warbler who still resides in Michigan. "As soon as we got on stage and started singing, we were all looking around wide-eyed, like, 'Whoa, this is something else!' It was a real blessing."