PUEBLO, Colo.—Bluebook shared songs from her musical library, on Aug. 7. She was the opening act and Planes was the headliner.
Julie Davis is the upright bassist and vocalist of Bluebook. Joseph Pope III assists with the guitar and backup vocals. At times, her iPod provides percussion.
Davis greeted the audience and she spoke to Planes’ Inaiah Lujan and stated how she wasn’t receiving any signal from her iPod. After pressing play, Lujan doubled as the sound technician and he adjusted the volume for her. She held onto her iPod with her right hand, behind her back. As the beat she created provided percussions, she began her performance by reciting Cole Porter’s “It’s All Right With Me”.
After thanking the audience, Davis introduced herself as Bluebook. She went onto say she would recite an Emily Dickinson poem, “Some Things That Fly There Be”, as she removed her upright bass from the stand. She pressed play on her iPod, as it assisted with her percussion again.
Prior to “Digital Sixes”, Davis mentioned how it was great to call Planes her friends. She spoke of the miniature tour and how Pueblo, Colo. was the first stop. She mentioned the two acts would be playing in Colorado Springs, Colo. and Denver, over the next two nights. Davis invited Pope III to perform with her, shortly after. He began the song by adjusting the knobs and pedals on his Pedal Train 2.
As Bluebook was about to cover Herbert Stothart, Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg’s “Optimistic Voices”, Davis spoke of the song from “The Wizard Of Oz”. She mentioned how she was obsessed with the film, how the song evoked happiness, how the lyrics were written by geniuses and how she was moved by it.
Before Davis closed out her set with “Keep Me”—she and Pope III were interviewed by Pulp’s editor, John Rodriguez. He joked with her and said he could not find much information about her music and only came across used cars information. Davis stated she started her musical effort eight years ago, how she wanted to venture into jazz, why she created electronic beats to accompany her acoustic sets and mentioned how “Keep Me” was about her upbringing in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“Digital Sixes”, “Another Ring”, T.S. Eliot’s “Prelude 3”, Emily Dickinson’s poem “‘Hope’ Is The Thing With Feathers” and “Keep Me” were also part of Bluebook’s set.