Poet, musician collaborate on new CD
CHAMPAIGN — Poet Steve Davenport and musician Bruce "Bruiser" Rummenie will celebrate their new CD at a release party from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Indi Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave.
The cover charge is $3. The CD, "This Noise in My Blood," is $10.
The CD, independently produced on their Bruised River label, features songs that began as a conversation for a series of podcasts about poetry and song.
After Rummenie said he had never written a song with anyone, Davenport went home, wrote a song lyric and sent it to Rummenie, who spun the words into a song by the next day.
The conversations between the two continued, and within a few months, the one song had become seven.
For more than 20 years, Rummenie has been a mainstay on the Champaign-Urbana music scene.
Beginning with the Mudhens in 1985, he also has been a guitarist, singer and songwriter for The Freak Brothers, The Javelinas, The Impalas featuring Dawna Nelson and Bruiser and the Virtues, which in 2004 won the Illinois Central Blues Society Challenge and went on to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, performing at B.B. King's Nightclub on Beale Street.
Davenport is the author of two books of poetry: "Uncontainable Noise" (Pavement Saw, 2006) and "Overpass" (Misty, 2012).
His poems, stories and essays have been anthologized, reprinted and published in dozens of literary magazines.
A recent story of his received special mention in the 2011 Pushcart Prize anthology.
His "Murder on Gasoline Lake" chapbook (New American Press, 2008) was listed as notable in Best American Essays 2007.
Recent songwriting projects include the "Honey and Glue" experiment with Art Box Collective, found at Reverbnation.com, and his work with Rummenie.