Rae Davis is a familiar and prominent presence in the Des Moines music scene. Active since 2007, Davis has made many contributions to the scene over the years, but her latest solo work is 2016’s EP “Soul & Skin.” At five songs, the EP is short and sweet — my deepest apologies for the cliché, but there’s no other way to say it.

“Soul & Skin” is little more than Davis and an acoustic guitar, and it works. The stripped-down format allows the singer-songwriter to showcase her honest and gripping lyrics. The title track opens with the line “Warm sun, where have you been?” Many of her lyrics go this route, but Davis manages to pull it off in a totally genuine non-hippie-dippie way — no easy feat. Other lyrics are less lighthearted, but it all comes through the same easy-to-listen-to channel that earned the EP multiple rave reviews from local media outlets.

By Cady Colosimo

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Little BIG Fest is organized by the nonprofit Greater Des Moines Music Coalition. Little BIG Fest 2017 is made possible with generous support from Meredith Inc.Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling CompanyBankers TrustIowa TaproomPeace Tree Brewing Co.Iowa Beverage SystemsYelp DSMMaloBravo Greater Des MoinesSaturday Mfg., Vital Signs Display Graphics, VolunteerLocal, and Des Moines Social Club.


Little BIG Fest is an annual festival featuring roots, country, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, blues, jazz, and soul music. The goal of Little BIG Fest 2017 is to showcase female-identified and non-binary musicians successful in the music industry and to spark the imagination of talented performers of all ages in Des Moines. Little BIG Fest’s vision is to grow the number of women and non-binary artists playing music in Iowa and for the music industry to embrace a wider variety of musicians as festival headliners.

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