Mustard’s Retreat / Dave Boutette & Kristi Davis
“Dave and Kristi are what we all need in these challenging times… Irrepressible verve and joy.”
One time garage rock troubadour Dave Boutette, and former Radio City Rockette Kristi Lynn Davis make what could be considered an odd musical pairing, but they have most certainly found a way to make it work. Since pairing up, Dave’s celebrated songwriting, combined with Kristi’s natural gift for harmony, has taken them to music festivals and venues from the Porcupine Mountains all the way down to Oberlin, Ohio.
Dave & Kristi songs mix many schools of American roots and popular music including folk, blues, swing, and old time country. The lyrics testify to the power of true love, rebirth, snow plows, coffee, and migrating fish.
May 1975. It seemed inevitable. David Tamulevich, Libby Glover & Michael Hough had been informally jamming and performing with each other for more than 3 months in the Rathskeller of the Old Heidelberg Restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI.
They performed as a trio throughout the late 1970s, until Libby moved south: Tamulevich & Hough decided to keep going as a duo. Success and accolades continued to follow them as they broadened their radius of touring and began making albums. Two of their original songs, (Ours is a) Simple Faith, and Gather the Family have been included in the prestigious Rise Again songbook. The latest recording, “By Request” is due out in Dec. 2023
In 2019 Michael retired from the group and moved to Arizona to care for his partner who was battling cancer: Libby and David have carried on and continued meeting with great success.
Their performances are always joyful and uplifting, as well as thought-provoking and insightful; a mix of songs and stories, old and new, that celebrate the common humanity and community that binds us all together. “Music to cure what ails you,” were the words of an early reviewer, and it is even more true now than it was when it was written in the late 70s.