Traverse City Events: Porterhouse Productions hosts Lansing-based singer-songwriter (and lead singer of Steppin’ In It) Joshua Davis for a concert and album release party for his new CD “Magnolia Belles” at the Good Work Collective in downtown Traverse City this Saturday, October 1.

“Magnolia Belles” is the long-anticipated follow-up to Davis’ acclaimed debut album “Fool Rooster.” Raised between the steely clamor of Detroit and the stillness of the Upper Peninsula, Davis melds a rare combination of city and country into his songwriting, producing a traditional blues/roots sound that has earned him comparisons to such artists as Tom Waits and Ryan Adams. Davis will be backed by a full band of notable Michigan musicians at Saturday’s event, including Dominic Davis, Rachael Davis, Mike Shimmin, Mike Lynch, May Erlewine and Seth Bernard, with Bernard performing a special opening set.

Also at the event, just before Davis’ performance, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians' Tribal Chairman Derek Bailey will appear to make a special public announcement. Bailey has been considering a run against Republican Dan Benishek in the First Congressional District, which includes the Upper Peninsula, Petoskey, Gaylord, and a portion of the east side of the state. Widespread speculation has been that Bailey will pursue the post as a Democrat, and he is expected to announce whether or not he will run for Congress at Saturday’s event.

Tickets for the release party – which are limited to just 75 – range from $10-$30, with the $30 ticket including a copy of the new album. They can be purchased online at or at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Standing room may also be available. All funds gathered support the musicians and the Good Work Collective, which is a community all-arts gallery space designed to bring art and ideas to life. The Good Work Collective is located at 417 S. Union St in downtown Traverse City.

For more information on the Good Work Collective, visit For more information on Joshua Davis, visit