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February Member Concert with Kate Campbell
Tuesday February 20, 2018 7:30 pm
Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell is the kind of artist who steps to the beat of a different drummer. Over the course of 20+ years (since her award-winning debut album Songs from the Levee) she has resisted the temptation to follow musical trends but instead chooses to set the pace for her unique musical journey. This distinction is palpable in her latest release, The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1), in which many of the basic tracks were recorded in her living room on her iPhone, including the revered Southern rock anthem Freebird..

Kate's endearing, clear-water vocal delivery and her eloquent gift for storytelling have drawn repeated comparisons to such bastions of the Southern literary tradition as Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, and William Faulkner. Her easy command of a full range of American musical styles has earned Campbell recognition as a formidable talent by critics. Time Out London proclaimed her a "major talent" while Chicago Daily Herald described her as a "world-class singer-songwriter." Perhaps Roots Time best summarized the extensive arc of Kate's 18-album career by stating, "What a great talent Kate Campbell represents is made clear by the legends in music that appear as guest artists on her albums." Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark, Maura O?Connell, John Prine, Mac McAnally, Buddy Miller, Spooner Oldham, and the heart of the Muscle Shoals classic soul and R&B hit-making machine are both admirers and collaborators in her distinctly literate musical vision.

Originally from the Mississippi Delta and the daughter of a Baptist preacher, Kate's formative years were spent in the very core of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's, and the indelible experiences of those years have shaped her heart and character as well as her songwriting. Her music and songs continue to inspire and excite a growing and engaged audience. Her Two Nights in Texas CD received the prestigious Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award. Ballet Memphis featured several tunes from her song catalog as well as a live performance by Kate and band at a ballet entitled South Of Everywhere. Two of Kate's songs ("Ave Maria Grotto" and "William's Vision") were recently featured in documentary films (Brother Joseph and the Grotto and Chipping Away) about Brother Joseph Zoettl, the tiny Bavarian hunchback monk who built Ave Maria Grotto, and William Edmondson who was the first African American to be awarded a solo show at New York's Museum of Modern Art. A variety of artists have recorded Campbell's songs including Laurie Lewis, Ronnie McDowell, and the Nashville Bluegrass Band who covered her compelling snake-handling song "Signs Following."

Campbell has performed at a number of esteemed venues such as the Cambridge Folk Festival, Merlefest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, and the National Storytelling Festival and been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Live From Mountain Stage, and The Bob Edwards Show. Her quirky song "When Panthers Roamed In Arkansas" was included in the debut issue of The Oxford American's ultra-hip Southern Music series.

The show is taking place at The Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport on Tuesday, February 20th. This show is for Members of WUMB and seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Directions to the Concert

If you're already a WUMB Member (at a minimum of $72 or more annually) you and one guest can attend upcoming member concerts for free (space permitting) by calling in your reservation at 617-287-6902, or send us an email. Please include your name, member number, either daytime phone or email, and the number of seats you would like to reserve. Please note that the number of seats you are able to reserve is contingent upon your level of membership and the higher your level of membership, the more guests you can bring for free.

If you have questions about your membership benefits, contact our membership office at wumb.membership@umb.edu or call 617-287-6902. Remember that seating is limited, so make your reservations early. Please tell us immediately if you need to cancel your reservations so that others will be able to attend.

If you're not already a member of WUMB Radio, or if your membership has lapsed, call the membership office at 617-287-6902 or click here to Join today.

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