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
Saturday, November 1
The David Crockett Old Time Music Society Open Mic / Jam
|Friday, November 28
Saturday, November 29
Friday, December 5
Saturday, December 6
The David Crockett Old Time Music Society Open Mic / Jam
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Friday, May 15
Pipp Gillette...drums and vocals
Steve James....electric guitar and vocals
East Texas Juke Joint Music
Named for their home base in Crockett, Texas, this duo carries on one
of the missions of the Camp Street Cafe;playing and singing a heady
mixture of East Texas blues, country and roots music.
Friends since their teens, Steve and Pipp have always shared a love
of music in general, and the sounds of Texas icons like
Lightnin'Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb in particular.
"That's what we're goin'for," says guitarist James, "that basic Brazos
bottoms boogie and all that crazy two-beat stuff that crawled out of
the swamp a hundred years ago.
Ever since we were kids, I dug Pipp's singing and drumming; so when
he told me he wanted to get back on the skins, I was, like...Yeah!"
The pair returns to Camp Street where a full house cheered their
debut set in February
Don't miss this!
Recently returned from concert engagements in Arrezzo and Gioiella, Italy, Miki Lynn celebrates the rich storytelling and emotional world of operatic song.
From an early age, in the unlikely setting of western Kentucky,
Miki was moved and inspired by the passionate music of opera as well as the deeply dramatic “folk” or “roots” music around her.
During her studies at Kansas State University and later the University of Iowa, Miki learned to see the commonalities in these two very different genres.
For years, she maintained a dual presence as a performing singer/songwriter and a performer, director and librettist of opera.
A recent invitation to perform at an art gallery opening in Italy gave her the perfect outlet to showcase the commonalities and the introduce lovers of both styles to the beauty and bond between these styles.
With accompaniments on the guitar and mandolin, in Italian, French, and Colloquial English, the songs are compelling musically and emotionally.
Well-known arias such as O Mio Babbino Caro are present, but in a way that refreshes the ear to hear them from a new perspective.
Miki is joined for this concert by Artist and Vocalist Robbie LaComb Roach, recreating the sweetly lyrical vocal harmonies of the Italy concerts.
They are joined in this concert by the versatile and creative style of Mark McLain, bassist with such bands as Camino Real and The Red Flat Cats.
Pipp Gillette raises cattle on the family ranch near Lovelady, Texas, where his grandfather started in 1912.
His Camp Street Cafe in Crockett, Texas, is a live music venue featuring performers from around the world.
Pipp plays traditional cowboy music on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and bones.
Pipp and his late brother Guy Gillette recorded eight albums of cowboy music and were recipients of the
Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Best Traditional Album of 2010.
They also received the 2012 Wrangler Award for Best Outstanding Original Western Composition
for their performance of the song, Trade Off, penned by Waddie Mitchell
Award-winning novelist and singer/songwriter, Mike Blakely, has published 18 books released by major New York City publishers. His last two books were co-writes: one with Willie Nelson (A Tale Out of Luck), and the most recent with Kenny Rogers, titled "What Are the Chances" (released Sept. 2013). Mike's next release is slated for November, 2014, titled A Song To Die For.
As a performing songwriter, Mike has released 11 CDs, performed all over the U.S., and made 16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, john Arthur martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Pauline Reese, and others.
A native Texan, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force and later earned a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He released his first novel 1988 and his first CD in 1995. One of his co-written tunes landed on a Grammy Award-winning album by Flaco Jimenez in 1995. Another was played on the orbiting International Space Station in 2007.
Mike is a two-time winner of Western Writers of America’s Spur Award – once for best western novel of the year, and once for best western song of the year.
Mike spent many years touring with his dancehall band, but now plays more shows as a solo artist, or in a duo or trio configuration at listening rooms, house concerts, festivals, and private parties. His career as a novelist leads to many non-traditional concerts at book stores, libraries, writers conferences, and book clubs.
"Having celebrated our house concert anniversary with the seventh show by Mike, we can only attest that it just keeps getting better and better! I'll personally guarantee it to be one of the musical highlights of your life!" - Paula Reynolds, Hilltop House Concerts, Kerrville, TX.
“Blakely is a consummate artist whose superb ability to capture an audience only serves to highlight his songwriting skills... which approach brilliance.” – Buddy Case, “The Loft,” Enola, AR
"Mike helped us establish our restaurant as a major music venue in the Hill Country of Texas. He has produced a weekly concert series for us for over eight years, consistently packing the house show after show. We have been named "Best Live Music Venue" four years in a row thanks to his efforts. He is an established talent, a huge asset to our business and a real pro." - Paul Brady, Owner of River City Grille, Marble Falls, TX.
"I can't ever remember 'finding' cowboy poetry," Waddie Mitchell says of the entertaining and enduring art of storytelling. "It was always there. The cowboys sure never called it poetry. I know I wouldn't have liked it if they would have. Seems like an oxymoron, don't it!?" From his earliest days on the remote Nevada ranches where his father worked, Waddie was immersed in the cowboy way of entertaining, the art of spinnin' tales in rhyme and meter that came to be called cowboy poetry, a Western tradition that is as rich as the lifestyle that gave birth to it. Within his stories, old in a voice that is timeless and familiar, are the common bonds we all share, moments both grand and commonplace, the humorous and the tragic, the life and death struggles and triumphs that we each recognize. And yet, Waddie presents his material with personal insights and the lessons learned during his life spent as a buckaroo.
“All the time I was growing up we had these old cowboys around,” he says. “When you live in close proximity like that with the same folks month after month, one of your duties is to entertain each other, and I suppose that’s where the whole tradition of cowboy poetry started. You find that if you have a rhyme and a meter to start that story, people will listen to it over and over again,” Waddiestates in his down-to-earth description of its beginnings.
“When my imagination first got let out of the gate, it was from an old-time cowboy, with a story set to rhyme,” he says in his second recording from Warner Western, Lone Driftin’ Rider. By the age of 10, he was reciting poetry himself; at 16, he quit school to follow his heart and went to making his living as a cowboy.
There came a time though, which he relates in his poem Where To Go, when he had to choose between being a full-time cowboy (he managed a 36,000 acre ranch in Lee-Jiggs, Nevada) and the art form that he loved so much. In 1984, he helped organize the internationally recognized Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering and gave his first public performance. Although Waddie didn’t think anyone would be interested, (he thought it would be a pretty good party for the weekend) the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering was set for a cold, snowy weekend in January. This was one of the only times Waddie and his fellow cowboys were free from ranch duties. More than 2,000 people showed up, and Waddie was off and running.
Since then he has performed internationally for audiences from Los Angeles to New York, Zurich to Melbourne, and all points in between. With television appearances ranging from The Tonight Show (his neighbor took the first phoned invitation, drove 40 miles to deliver the message to the remotely based Waddie and returned with a “No Thanks” because it was calving time and he’d never heard of Johnny Carson), Larry King Live, Good Morning America, TNN, The History Channel, PBS, and BBC, Waddie has also been featured in People, Life, New York Times, USA Today, Fortune, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal and the Official Program for Super Bowl XXX, along with numerous other appearances, performances, articles and books. In 1994, Waddie founded the Working Ranch Cowboys Association with a mission of creating scholarships and crisis funds for working cowboys and their families. The well-recognized and highly respected WRCA now sanctions 22 regional rodeos throughout the West with the sold-out world championships held each November in Amarillo, TX.
His series of recordings for Warner Bros. Records and more recently for the Western Jubilee Recording Company have received critical acclaim. Waddie’s Western Jubilee Recordings are: Waddie Mitchell Live featuring Don Edwards as well as world class instrumentalists Rich O’Brien and Norman Blake and recorded live at the Western Jubilee Warehouse in Colorado Springs. A glowing review of Waddie Mitchell Live appeared in People, which concludes with “Bottom Line: Horse sense and humor from America’s Best Known Cowboy Poet.” This was followed by Prairie Portrait which features Waddie Mitchell, Don Edwards and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. In April, 2001, the Oklahoma City Cowboy Hall of Fame / National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum presented Waddie with the coveted Wrangler Award for his participation in the Outstanding Traditional Western Album of the year.
The 2002 Cultural Olympiad commissioned Waddie Mitchell to write a commemorative poem. His offering, That No Quit Attitude, gained importance as the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games grew nearer. No Quit appeared in the Welcome To Salt Lake film, in schools and libraries, on Delta Airlines, the Olympic web site, at the Olympic Arts Festival, on Western Jubilee’s CD single and many publications, including the Official Souvenir Program of the 2002 Winter Games. Since, That No Quit Attitude, also titles Waddie’s Western Jubilee release featuring fourteen new original poems and thirteen original ‘Waddie-isms’. 2003 found him on stage at Carnegie Hall and producing Elko – A Cowboy’s Gathering. This WesternJubilee double disc features 40 Artists and salutes the gathering he co-founded 20 years prior. In 2005, Waddie was featured on TV, radio, print and personal appearances as the Review Journal newspaper’s official spokesperson for the 100 Year Celebration of Las Vegas, NV. December 2010 finds Waddie in yet another environment. Theaterworks, Colorado Springs professional theater company, presents Waddie Mitchell, A Cowboy Christmas Carol; 16 highly entertaining performances of Waddie’s de-arrangement of Charles Dicken’s Christmas classic. In 2011 the accolades continue with Waddie receiving Arizona’s Festival of the West Cowboy Spirit Award and The National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Award as well as being inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame where he joined luminaries such as Will James and Mark Twain.
“We didn’t have electricity and that meant we didn’t have T.V. We had darn poor radio too. So that meant we did the strangest things at night ... we talked to each other!” WADDIE MITCHELL, Cowboy Poet
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Grammy nominated singer-guitarist Don Edwards continues to build a legacy that enriches our vision of the American West. In tales of the day-to-day lives and emotions of those who have lived it, his ballads paint a sweeping landscape of both mind and heart, keeping alive the sights, sounds and feelings of this most American contribution to culture and art. The quality of this cowboy balladeer's music stems from the fact that he is so much more than a singer. Bobby Weaver of the National Cowboy Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, summed up Edwards' importance as "...the best purveyor of cowboy music in America today."
An historian, author, and musicologist, unusually well-versed in cowboy lore and musical traditions, Don brings a rare compliment of knowing and loving his craft. Mostly though, there is the soul of a poet; a man who has never succumbed to the temptations of presenting a glamorized or romanticized version of the West.
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Michot-CourvilleBand plays the traditional “Bal de Maison” style of Cajun music that was prevalent when dances were held inside the home:
while the adults danced, the children played and the babies slept! This style is still very much alive in south Louisiana, and it is epitomized by musicians
Tommy Michot (accordion) and Kevin Courville (fiddle). Michot and Courville have been playing music together since 1997, working venues from house dances to dance halls to auditorium concerts.
The music from their instruments blends to form a traditional but unique Cajun sound.
The Michot-Courville Band performs as a trio (fiddle-accordion-guitar) or as a five-piece band (with the addition of bass and percussion) as the situation dictates.
Tommy Michot was born and raised in Pilette, Louisiana, in Lafayette Parish. As the third child in a musical family of 12, he started playing at an early age.
Tommy learned various instruments and soon was doing public shows and private parties with his brother Rick.
Together they formed Les Freres Michot with brothers Bobby, David, and Mike in the 1980s and played extensively in Louisiana and throughout North America and Europe; they have released 3 cd’s (1987, 2003, 2008).
Tommy plays accordion in the traditional style, using various self-taught techniques to accomplish musical phrasing and to add emphasis and rhythm.
He sings in the beautiful Cajun dialect of French with an old-timey yet powerful voice, from a repertoire of more than 400 songs.
He has performed in Quebec, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, France, England, Hungary, Czechia, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and throughout the United States.
Tommy and Marc Savoy were the two accordionists selected to represent Louisiana along with 8 accordionists from Quebec, Acadie, and France at Les Folkloriques de Tadoussac in Quebec, 2004.
Kevin Courville grew up in Eunice, Louisiana, in St. Landry Parish. He was guided by Cajun legends such as Sady Courville and Wade Fruge and
plays the fiddle “old style” with energy and a strong commitment to the authentic sounds of Cajun music. He has toured the United Kingdom (1997) and France (1998) with the group Sac au lait.
Kevin has played at many national festivals and at private parties with Sac au lait, Les Freres Michot, and Savoy-Courville in Louisiana
and other states as well. He also recorded “L’esprit de la Louisiane” with Sac au lait. In 2003, he toured the UK and France with Savoy-Courville and Bobby Michot,
and in 2004 he toured Quebec with Les Freres Michot and the Savoy Family Band.
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Michael Johnson has performed and lived more music and recorded more hits than you would imagine.
His voice immediately identifies him as the man who sings "Bluer Than Blue," "Give Me Wings," "That's That," and other landmark songs. His music shows a diversity, depth and heart that only come from years of dedication to a labor of love.
When asked what he would have you know about himself, Michael says:
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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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