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
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Friday, May 15
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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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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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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