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Dedicated to promoting the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts and lore in the Carolinas Piedmont,
since 1982.

Gather Together!
Kate Campbell Sings of Living in the South August 9th

The Charlotte Folk Society kicks off its new season with a concert by nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Kate Campbell. Please join us at 7:30 PM on Friday, August 9th. when the music gets underway in the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, in the edge of downtown Charlotte. Doors open at 7 PM; arrive early to be sure of admission.

Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell

Visitors may use free parking in the deck adjacent to the Stella Center. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground floor door on the parking lot side of the building. Drivers who need to drop off passengers with accessibility issues may pull into reserved spaces near the door long enough to discharge passengers. A CFS volunteer will be available to assist those passengers into the building.

As the daughter of a Baptist preacher from Sledge, Mississippi, Kate spent her formative years in the very heart of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. The indelible experiences of those years shaped her heart, character, and convictions. As a child of the South, her musical tastes were forged in the smoky fires of soul, R&B, Southern rock, country, and folk music. After receiving a Masters Degree in Southern History, she moved to Nashville to teach college history and work on her songwriting skills.

Kate Campbell sings Crazy in Alabama at the Bluebird Cafe

Tom Hanchett, Levine Museum of the New South historian, says that some people are natural born storytellers. Kate Campbell is one of those people. She draws on her personal experiences and study of history to create eloquent lyrics that capture the nuances and ironies of Southern life. Her writing has drawn repeated comparison to such icons of the Southern writing tradition as Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, and William Faulkner. An endearing, clear-water vocal delivery combined with finely crafted lyrics has earned her recognition as a formidable talent by critics, musicians, and a discerning public.

"An important voice that brings literary focus, devoid of pretension, to music that bridges the gap between country and folk." — CD Review

"Possessed of the lyrical grasp of Lucinda Williams and the eloquent vocal timbre of Emmylou Harris, she is a major talent." — Time Out London

"Kate Campbell has one of those voices that charms with its innocence and purity. Yet when coupled with her highly articulate and provocative lyrics, her sweet soprano takes on a totally commanding nature." — Mick Skidmore, The Boston Globe

Kate Campbell sings New South

Since her recording debut in 1995 with the heart-rending Songs From The Levee, Kate Campbell has released fifteen CDs to critical acclaim. Her most recent recording, Live at the Library: Songs and Stories of the New South, released in May of this year, is an exchange of songs, stories, and readings between Kate and award-winning author/historian Dr. J. Wayne Flynt. Live at the Library was recorded at Samford University, Kate's alma mater, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Kate's 2012 release, 1000 Pound Machine, was produced by Will Kimbrough and features Spooner Oldham, Emmylou Harris, and Sloan Wainwright. Kate took up playing the piano at the age of seven, but she switched to guitar as a teenager. Since then, over the course of thirteen albums, she has written, recorded, and performed almost exclusively on the acoustic guitar. On 1000 Pound Machine she returns to her childhood instrument. Like all of Kate's songs, the eleven on this CD are saturated with spirituality, a sense of place, and a call for justice.

Kate has played the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival (England), Merlefest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Port Fairy Folk Festival (Australia). She's been featured on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Live From Mountain Stage, The Bob Edwards Show, and had her story (and haunting song When Panthers Roamed In Arkansas) included in the debut issue of the ultra-hip Southern Music series of The Oxford American. An interview with Kate (along with Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Nanci Griffith, and others) also appeared in the fascinating book Solo: Women Singer-Songwriters In Their Own Words.

Visit to learn more about Kate, sample her recordings, and watch videos of her performances.

Monthly second-Friday Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated and essential to holding Gatherings in the Great Aunt Stella Center. Refreshments, a song circle, jam sessions, and an Appalachian dulcimer group follow the hour-long concert; visitors are welcome to join in or simply listen.

CFS Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
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