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Kate Campbell & Tricia Walker

in Concert

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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. 

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’ConnorEudora 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 AwardBallet 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 Bandwho covered her compelling snake-handling song “Signs Following.”

Campbell has performed at a number of esteemed venues such as theCambridge 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 EditionAll Things ConsideredLive 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.

TRICIA WALKER

Roots run deep for Tricia Walker. This Mississippi native is planted firmly in the genre of Southern music — derived from the musical heritage below the Mason-Dixon line. Her style is noticeably influenced by Memphis R&B, Texas swing, New Orleans jazz, black gospel, and ’60s radio.

 

Tricia has worked as a backing musician for Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, Paul Overstreet, Russ Taff, and Shania Twain. She was key in forming the original “Women In The Round,” a songwriter group which includes Pam Tillis, Ashley Cleveland, and Karen Staley.

Her focus, however remains on her own music. Tricia always offers an entertaining slice of her places and times, delivered with a beautiful voice and the ease of a veteran entertainer. Southern style never had it so good.

 

Tricia Walker is a singer and songwriter whose songs are steeped in the passion, pain and grace of the American South. Born and raised in Mississippi, Tricia has become one of the clearest voices of her own time and place. Her music has been recorded by Faith Hill, Patty Loveless and Alison Krauss, whose performance of Tricia’s Looking in the Eyes of Love earned a Grammy. A recording artist herself, Tricia’s newest CD, The Heart of Dixie, thoughtfully captures the songwriter’s view of the South with well-placed lyrics and music reflecting her folk, R & B and storytelling influences. “Culture is a precious, living thing,” Tricia says. “It has to be nurtured if it’s going to survive. Any artist or creative thinker has a responsibility to help chronicle his or her own time, place and people. That’s the surest way to keep a culture from disappearing.”

 

Before moving to Nashville in the 1980s, Tricia earned a degree in Music Education from Delta State University. While working on her Master’s Degree, she performed at clubs and festivals in Mississippi and Louisiana. She won American Song Festival and Mississippi Song Festival awards and moved to Music City to sign with giant gospel music publisher Word, Inc. As her songs were recorded on Grammy-nominated discs by Kathy Troccoli, Debby Boone, and The Imperials, her reputation as a songwriter spread. Well-respected producer Jerry Kennedy signed Tricia to his Polygram Group stable of writers, further solidifying her credibility. Tricia’s instrumental skills earned her a spot backing Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, with whom she played for six years. She also toured extensively with Shania Twain and Paul Overstreet as a keyboard player and vocalist. Along with Pam Tillis, Karen Staley and Ashley Cleveland, Tricia was a founding member of “Women in the Round,” one of the most celebrated foursomes at Nashville’s prestigious Bluebird Café.

 

She has performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Tin Pan South Songwriting Festival in Nashville, was a New Folk Winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and featured at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival. Additional musical highlights included singing at Robert Redford’s Christmas Cantata at Sundance Resort in Utah as well as a live performance during a newly choreographed work for the Nashville Ballet entitled “All the Way Home,” co-written by Tricia and Kate Campbell. Her “Down in Capetown,” reflecting on apartheid, and “Halfway Around the World,” written after the Tianemen Square uprising in China, illustrate how important songs with a conscience are to Tricia. Her uplifting “What a Wonderful Day!” was written at the request of a friend for breast cancer survivors and sold over 30,000 copies.

It was Tricia’s belief that the South in which she was raised has been misrepresented in some ways that led to the creation of The Heart of Dixie. The thoughtful collection of songs debuted in 2004 and was developed into a one-woman stage show in 2005.

Tricia Walker offers an entertaining slice of her places and times, delivered with a beautiful voice, strong musicianship and the ease of a veteran entertainer. Southern style never had it so good. Tricia is currently Director of the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University.​

A Twin Kennedy

Christmas Concert

These barn storming twin sisters from British Columbia set our theater on musical fire last year! Folks couldn't wait for them to come back, so here they are with their perfect harmonies, blazing guitar & fiddle, and plain good fun!

 

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Parents' Night Out

During Downtown Wassail Fest

 
This fun-filled night will include a reading and discussion of The Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, making a pine cone owl and cut out snowflakes, writing a winter haiku and more!
 
We will also have a visit from Miz Claus and yummy snacks!
 
We'll have some photo opps available with the standup owl 
and other characters. Parents will have to use their own phones or cameras.
    

Please call 662.328.2787 or visit the Rosenzweig Arts Center to register and pay for Parents' Night Out.

Celebrate Christmas: Floral Designs with Ralph Null, AIFD

& Terry Conerly, AIFD

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