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Spend an evening with singer-songwriter
Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 pm
Telfair Peet Theater, Auburn University
An Auburn University graduate, and a 2012 recipient of the Mississippi Institute Of Arts & Letters Award, Kate Campbell brings her music home, including new songs that pay tribute to Alabama. Ticket holders will be treated to a reception honoring Ms. Campbell following the concert.
Many years ago at Auburn University, Kate Campbell completed her graduate degree in History, under the tutelage of well-known Southern Historian Dr. Wayne Flynt. Simultaneously, she captured the hearts of Alabama music lovers with her soul-stirring tunes that conveyed moments in history in a less formal, less academic arena. Eventually settling on the life of a troubadour, Ms. Campbell is known for songs with lyrics that are as captivating as her melodies, and stories which are as entertaining as her lyrics.
She is the consummate Southern artist, combining influences from her upbringing in the small town of Sledge, Mississippi with her enthusiasm for Southern literary icons such as Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor, with the solace of the church, and with a sharp sense of humor that seeks out all the irony and truth of life in the South. All are tumbled into a fresh new sound that balances country and folk music, with hints of blues, R&B, and gospel.
Her most recent CD, entitled 1000 Pound Machine, is her 14th album. For those who are familiar with Ms. Campbell's music, this CD represents one dramatic change. She plays piano instead of the guitar on the entire album. This album hits especially close to home. There are a number of songs on it that are inspired by Alabama including "Montgomery to Mobile," and "Alabama Department of Corrections Meditation Blues." There is also a tribute to Alabaman Spooner Oldham, a musician and songwriter who collaborated with Aretha Franklin and many other great recording artists. "We are particularly delighted that Kate and Large River Music sought out this opportunity for an official CD Release Concert at Auburn University. We believe that is a rare thing for an artist to return to our campus for that purpose, after they've moved away," said a spokesperson from the Department of Theatre at Auburn.
The Department of Theatre, the Department of History, and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities are sponsoring a reception in Ms. Campbell's honor, which is open to all who attend the concert.
Throughout her career, Ms. Campbell has received many honors. Most recently, she received the 2012 “Music Composition – Contemporary” Mississippi Institute Of Arts & Letters Award for her album Two Nights In Texas.Phone: 334.844.4946
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