CAMP STREET CAFÉ
|New reservation policy at Camp Street Cafe.
Reservations will guarantee the reservation holder a seat,
but not a specific seat. Seating will be general admission,
first come first serve, with doors opening at 7:00pm
|Friday, April 3
Albert and Gage
The David Crockett Old Time Music Society
Open Mic / Jam
Saturday, April 4
The David Crockett Old Time Music Society
Open Mic / Jam
Saturday, May 2
Friday, May 15
Saturday, May 23rd from Noon to 1:30 PM
“LEARN TO PLAY BLUES HARMONICA INSTANTLY”
t’s not every day that a small-town Texas girl gets to record with Grammy award-winning producer John Carter Cash, who has produced legends such as Loretta Lynn, George Jones, and Willie Nelson, but Country Blues artist Kasey Lansdale is the exception. Even growing up in the small town of Nacogdoches, in East Texas, Lansdale’s life has been one surrounded by the arts. “Much of my life,” she says, “has been a musical.”
With early childhood memories of singing along to “Reba’s Greatest Hits” and listening to groups like the Contours with her father, Lansdale began entwined in music and even started writing her own at the tender age of seven. “I was always the kid in the neighborhood putting on plays I’d written and singing at the top of my lungs unaware of any other world around me,” said Lansdale, “Singing was my first true love.”
In 2013, she was given a unique opportunity to record her first studio album, “Restless,” in the historic Cash Cabin Studio with producer John Carter Cash. Producer Mike Clute assisted in starting up the project, further by Lansdale herself then John Carter Cash, who added the final touches. Released on August 20, 2013, “Restless”features 11 tracks featuring her smoky Tanya Tucker-esque twang with seven of her own self-penned songs like “Sorry Ain’t Enough” and “Blame You For Trying.”
Along with the “Restless” album release, Lansdale is successfully giving performances both nationally and internationally including large events and festivals such as SXSW, the Halogaland Music Festival in Norway, and The Piacenza Blues Festival in Italy. Fans can also find her on the second half of the Restless Roadtrip, promoting her current album across the nation in early 2014.
Her music will also be featured soon in the new films, “Cold in July,” starring award-winning actor, Michael C. Hall from the Showtime hit series, “Dexter,” slated for a fall 2014 release, and in “Christmas with the Dead,” where she made her first big screen debut portraying Ella, the protagonist’s wife.
While Lansdale penned seven of the songs on her latest album, she isn’t just a talented songwriter. She is also a gifted, creative writer who, at the age of eight wrote her first short story, which was published by Random House. “I was hooked on writing from that point forward,” she says.
In July of 2013, Lansdale’s first anthology, entitled “Impossible Monsters,” was also released, and she has just completed her first novel, “One More Than the Devil.” Mulholland Publishing also just released a novel called “Edge of Dark Water,” which includes an accompanying title-track by Lansdale as a digital download.
With several accomplishments under her belt at a young age, Lansdale actually attributes her career kickoff to an unexpected situation. While scheduling several house party performances in Texas, she began looking for a guitar player and through a friend, was given a musician contact. Despite initial declines, the reluctant guitarist agreed to meet and turned out to actually be her next-door neighbor. By the end of the week, Lansdale and Danny were writing and singing songs, and when another neighbor heard the two, they were offered a paid gig at Banita Creek Hall in Nacogdoches. Thus, a musical career was born.
The gig at Banita Creek Hall led to other bookings in the Nacogdoches area such as fairs and festivals, as well as the formation of her original band, Kasey Lansdale and the Daletones, named after her uncle’s Sun Records recording group, The Daletones. In time, she began making frequent trips to Nashville to write and record and shortly after began building her invaluable network that would soon lead to many opened doors.
In Nashville, she started off by playing wherever she could: countless free shows, songwriter nights, car dealership openings, and even street-naming ribbon cutting ceremonies that would soon open doors to even bigger opportunities for her music career. Now growing in industry recognition, she continues to write and play her music across the country.
With nothing but miles ahead of possibilities for her music and writing talent, Lansdale considers herself lucky to simply be living out her childhood dreams. “Singing has taken me all over the world and introduced me to some amazing people, and I feel lucky every day when I wake up because I get to do what I love. I’m just so happy no one has given me a good shake and told me to get a real job yet!”
Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies. He has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others. His novella Bubba Ho-Tep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. His story "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" was adapted to film for Showtime's "Masters of Horror," and he adapted his short story "Christmas with the Dead" to film hisownself. The film adaptation of his novel Cold in July was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Although the current incarnation of the Vagrants has only been playing together for a year, Lloyd and Hollis come from a family which has been deeply involved in old time music for many years and have a number of recordings. James is an in-law of theirs and from a music rich background as well. The remaining Vagrants came slumming around at different times in recent years and found themselves welcomed in. What started as a great way to spend a Friday or Saturday night playing fun music resulted in invitations to play festivals and local venues, and now these no good Vagrants find themselves actually having to work at it!
In Austin, Texas—a town overflowing with gifted singer/songwriters and guitar players—Christine Albert & Chris Gage have a long track record of making beautiful music together, although both musicians' individual pedigrees are far more extensive. Over the course of six duet albums, the duo has demonstrated that disparate backgrounds do not preclude musical soul mates from finding one another.
The Houston Press noted, “From George Jones and Tammy Wynette to Richard and Linda Thompson, male-female duets are one of popular music's most delightful permutations. And the Austin-based duo of Christine Albert and Chris Gage easily slot right in with the best.”
Onstage, Albert's slender, dark beauty contrasts strikingly with Gage's craggy good looks and how gracefully they complement each other is easily apparent. In 2003 Albert and Gage released their first live recording, Albert and Gage at Anderson Fair. Dirty Linen commented that the set, which is reflective of their typical live performances, had “energy, humor, really fine duet singing, strong leads, original harmonies, a strong sense of partnership, personality, and musicality” and Sing Out! called it “a cohesive and exciting exploration of the roots of popular, mostly American, music”.
Gage is a journeyman musician and South Dakota native who literally began touring in a station wagon at age 15. In the mid-Seventies and early Eighties he led the popular Midwestern country-swing Red Willow Band, whose reunion shows still draw thousands of devoted fans. From there he graduated to an eight-year tenure on piano with guitar virtuoso and country star Roy Clark, which included appearances on Hee Haw, The Tonight Show and The Grand Ole Opry. After moving to Austin in 1991, Gage began commuting to San Antonio to take the reins as musical director for the Fiesta Texas theme park.
But it was during (and following) his next incarnation, as bandleader for West Texas alt.-country singer/songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore, that he began to carve out his own place in the Austin scene as an in-demand session player, accompanist and producer. It was with Gilmore that Christine first heard Chris play and in 1997 Albert & Gage was formed. The duo later toured as an opening act for Gilmore and as members of his ensemble.
Christine cut her musical teeth in northern New Mexico after moving west from her childhood home in upstate New York. Along with old friend and fellow New Mexico chanteuse Eliza Gilkyson (whom she also cites as an early influence and inspiration), Albert relocated to Austin in 1982 and began to distinguish herself as a singer-songwriter in a town where the bar for such artists is set very high indeed.
Christine Albert's French grandmother lived in Paris and her mother was born in Switzerland, so perhaps it's inevitable that the occasional Edith Piaf song migrates into her sets of original material and carefully chosen covers. She has recorded a series of acclaimed albums of lovely Franco-Lone Star fusion - Texafrance (1992), Texafrance-Encore (2003) and Paris, Texafrance (2008).
Christine released several other solo albums during the years before she met Chris, and had established a solid name on the Texas scene. She was voted Female Vocalist of the Year in the Kerrville Music Awards poll and has appeared on Austin City Limits. A longtime community activist, Albert is also cofounder/president of “Swan Songs”, a non-profit that fulfills musical last wishes by organizing private concerts for individuals with a terminal illness. Ms. Albert currently serves as a Trustee on the National Board of Trustees of The Recording Academy.
With the exception of 1997’s Jumpin’ Tracks, Albert and Gage’s albums have been recorded at their own MoonHouse Studio (a commercial facility in south Austin) and released on the artist owned MoonHouse Records. Chris maintains a busy studio schedule and over the years they have expanded MoonHouse Records with Gage productions by Cowboy Johnson, Michael Austin and Abi Tapia. Gage also plays lead guitar in Texas legend Jerry Jeff Walker’s band and is prominently featured on Walker’s latest CD, Moon Child; Christine also makes an appearance and sings a duet with Jerry Jeff of “San Antone Rose” by Susanna Clark.
The duo’s most recent CD, Dakota Lullaby (2009), features twelve songs by an unheralded songwriter from South Dakota – Tom Peterson. The CD landed in the top 40 on the Americana Music chart and the Top 20 on the EuroAmericana and US Folk-DJ charts. FAME described it as “a pure, unadulterated labor of love…Albert & Gage, obviously on the same page at all times, blend voices effortlessly, fluctuating between smooth country and western swing like they were born to it. Beneath those voices Gage placed a bang-up group of sidemen most musicians would kill for and handled production like the pro he has become.”
Christine Albert and Chris Gage are well respected, seasoned music business veterans, but the joy they experience making music together is fresh and infectious. “They can rock, boogie, swing, trot down country roads and stride down sophisticated boulevards and make it all sound as it should: like parts of a unified whole rather than a mishmash of different styles. Albert and Gage have global class, musicality and charm.” (Houston Press) You can’t ask for more than that.
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The Bost Family Traditions, a music group based in Cochise County, Arizona, is the premier
Arizona acoustic singing group often described as Arizona’s First Family of Entertainment.
The Bost Family Traditions put on a lively show which features a dynamic acoustic country sound blending
the vocal harmony of the American West with the hard driving Appalachian tradition.
The sound is powerful and sincere with genre bending crossovers into more progressive folk and even old-time Rock and Roll.
Add a heaping helping of warm family atmosphere and it is easy to see why the Bost Family Traditions have been named
Arizona’s Family Band of the Year four times and Band of the Year
, Country Gospel Music Association (West) of Branson, MO.
The Bost Family Traditions originated in the family living room in Bisbee, Arizona in 2002.
Today – nearly 2000 shows later – the band has developed an extensive fan base that spans the Western United States from Branson to LA to Seattle.
The heavy performance schedule of the last decade has resulted in the development of a highly entertaining show one would expect from seasoned Branson acts.
The band’s stage presence is contagious and their execution is flawless.
Audiences are amazed at the maturity of these young artists.
The Bost Family Traditions consist of Jeff Bost, baritone singer and banjo picker.
Micah, 23 is an award winning mandolinist, pedal steel picker and bass singer.
Faith, 21 plays the fiddle adding a haunting tenor harmony to the mix.
Liberty, 19 is the guitar player and gifted lead singer touching audiences through her vocal expressions.
Felicity, 15 is an extraordinarily gifted young musician covering the bass guitar. In the wings are
Charity, 13, and award winning fiddler; Will, 9, dynamic singer, guitar picker and cajon beater.
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Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charley Russell of Western Music.” Western Horseman Magazine has declared his
“Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time. In 2010 , 2011 and 2013 True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician.
Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today.
He has been voted Six times Entertainer of the Year, Six times Male Performer of the Year and Five times Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association,
and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. He’s delighted audiences in twenty three states,
and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.
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A down-to-earth guy with lifelong wanderlust and more than a few stories to tell, Gary Allegretto’s resume reads like a men's adventure wish-list: back-country forest ranger, forest firefighter on an elite "Hotshot" crew, LA city firefighter, "bouncer” in a couple rough honky-tonks and a Blues bar, cowboy and ranch hand, beach lifeguard, white-water rafting guide… and traveling Bluesman. His accomplishments are also widespread and diverse. He's a summa cum laude college graduate that Northern Arizona University recognizes as an "Alumni of Distinction". He's the recipient of multiple awards for his outreach to children. He’s also the founding director of Harmonikids, a humanitarian organization that gives music therapy with harmonicas to special needs kids worldwide. Through it all, Gary can barely remember a time when Blues and Roots music weren't a powerful part of his life, and playing harmonica wasn't as natural as his own voice. He started playing upon receiving his first harp at age 5 from his woodsman grandfather. Soon after, while attending a cultural festival he carelessly wandered away from his family following an irresistible sound ... a Big Walter Horton performance. As the loudspeakers blared something about a lost child, he knew he’d found his calling… and he followed.
“FOUR STARS! "DelGrosso confidently matches his plugged-in resonator mandolin to the electric guitar of Richardson on an impressive bunch of original songs that could only come from the marshlands and bayous of Southeast Texas. That old string-band instrument has an air of gracefulness about it. Above-average singers, the two share the ability to convey boundless joy ("She's Sweet") and romantic uncertainty ("Hard to Live With"), supported by a crackerjack rhythm section, the Texas Horns and local guests." ”
Frank-John Hadley , Downbeat
(This review placed Time Slips On By on the Downbeat list of Best CDs of 2011)
"...the solidly rocking string wizard... a breath of fresh air for the blues."
"...his box o’ rocks voice, locomotive riffs, and sparks-a-flyin’ licks doing nothing but right. "
Hittin' The Note, GA
"Rich DelGrosso's performances are high energy affairs. He seems to channel the blues in a way that few artists can."
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Guide
"DelGrosso’s a groovemaster on guitar, just as on mando. It’s hard to believe it’s his "other" instrument. He’s got a hell of a singing voice, too: a full-throated baritone with the gravel, growl, and behind-the-beat passion that you only hear in the best blues singing."
co-author of MOANIN’ AT MIDNIGHT:
The Life and Times of Howlin’ Wolf
Direct from Los Angeles
Keeping the Blues Alive Award Recipient
Pinetop Perkins Foundation Master Class Instructor
Presents His Award Winning Workshop:
“LEARN TO PLAY BLUES HARMONICA INSTANTLY”
“His efforts in music education are second to none..."
~American Blues News
Saturday, May 23rd from Noon to 1:30 PM
Camp Street Cafe & Store - 215 South 3rd Street - Crockett, TX 75835
ALL AGES - Adults and kids over 6 years
Through his unrivaled quick-learn method, Gary Allegretto has taught tens of thousands to play
BLUES HARMONICA IMMEDIATELY with NO PRIOR MUSICAL EXPERIENCE –
guaranteed! You’ll be entertained as you learn several songs quickly and effortlessly
as well as essential technique and inside tips to keep you playing and improving.
HARMONICAS & EVERYTHING INCLUDED FOR ONLY 20 BUCKS!
Top-quality Hohner harmonicas, expert instruction, music sheet booklets—and lifelong entertainment.
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