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 Every Saturday morning at 8:30 on KIVY 92.7 FM


All shows start at 8:00 PM unless otherwise mentioned

Children 12 and under are Free
Accompanied by Adult

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, August 25
Dana Cooper



 

 

 

Saturday, September 2
David Crockett Old Time Music Society

 

 


Saturday, September 16
Tony Ramey



 


Lloyd & April Wright
Friday, September 22
CD release party for their new album, Wondrous Love



 

 

Saturday, October 21
Mike & Amy Aiken



 


Saturday, December 2
David Crockett Old Time Music Society

 

 

 

Don Edwards
Saturday, December 30

 


Sunday, December 31
Ring in the New Year with the David Crockett Old Time Music Society Open Mic/Jam
8:00 PM - Midnight


   



Friday, August 25
Dana Cooper


$16.50

Out of the heartland of America, stomping grounds of Truman and Twain, “powerhouse” troubadour Dana Cooper dedicated himself to a life of music over 40 years ago. This song poet engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit, insightful stories and commanding presence. He is the recipient of the 2014 Heritage Musician award from Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO. He was also named the
2015 Spirit of Folk award winner by Folk Alliance International. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Kerrville Folk Festival where he was nominated for their Hall of Fame. Cooper’s songs have been recorded by top-notch artists such as bluegrass star Claire Lynch; Irish vocalist Maura O’Connell; and luminary songwriters Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner. Cooper’s mixture of flat-picking, finger-picking and percussive strumming style is legend among other guitarists. An expressive singer his voice is ageless evoking a rich lifetime of experience. At 12 he sang, played drums, guitar and harmonica in local bands. By 13 he began writing his own songs and at 16 he performed regularly at the prestigious Vanguard Coffeehouse in Kansas City. His deep love and commitment to a life of music drew Cooper away from an art scholarship. Cooper took to the road touring midwest college coffeehouses for one year then sold an electric guitar and his entire record collection to buy a one-way ticket to Los Angeles. Four months later he was signed to Elektra Records where his eponymous first album was released in 1973. The record features such acclaimed players as Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel and Jim Horn. Years later he returned to San Francisco City College to study another great love, horticulture. Still he played whenever possible in clubs all over the Bay Area. Cooper’s diverse experiences as a taxi driver, warehouseman, nurse’s aid, gardener, waiter and touring musician continued to bring maturity and depth to his songwriting. Cooper eventually moved to Texas writing, performing and recording with Shake Russell in the late 70s and with his own power trio, DC3 during the early 80s. Returning to his roots as a solo performer Cooper relocated to Nashville in 1988. He has become an integral figure in the Music City songwriting community collaborating with renowned writers such as Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, Kim Carnes and Don Henry. Cooper has been invited to participate in songwriting workshops from Belfast to Copenhagen to Austin. His prolific endeavors have resulted in 20 albums. The critically acclaimed Miracle Mile on Compass Records was nominated for a Nashville Music Award as “Best Pop Album” and was chosen by Performing Songwriter magazine as one of the top DIY recordings for the year. Harry Truman Built a Road was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Tennessean and was also chosen as one of the top twelve DIY recordings for that year. Made of Mud released on King Easy Records in 2005 won Cooper the “Best Male Songwriter Award” by Indie Acoustic Project. Working with co-producer/guitarist Thomm Jutz, Cooper released Building a Human Being in September, 2015. This is Cooper’s 25th album and it’s gaining momentum on Americana radio stations all over the US.

 

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Saturday, September 16
Tony Ramey



$16.50

Tony Ramey grew up in West Virginia on Bluegrass and Bill Withers; found
Willie, Waylon, Cash, and Kristofferson at eleven, who fueled an already
firy passion to write songs; then he heard Steve Earle whose songs
convinced him to move to "Guitar Town" (Nashville) to hone his craft.
He would eventually leave for Texas when the road called him out
again...

Somewhere in the middle of his Gold and Platinum records as an
award-winning songwriter, he garnered a Master's degree in Literature,
and taught at colleges and universities part-time while working on his
PhD, He said "[t]he great poets kept me sharp...Grounded in the craft
and discipline of writing."

With his release of Soul Survivor, featuring a duet with the iconic
Willie Nelson (also a new fan of his music), Ramey still has the respect
of industry folk, and is growing his audience with his undeniable
prowess as a singer/songwriter. His tour schedule and his passion for
performing live prove that he prefers the troubadour life-style.
Between shows he enjoys the solace of his writer's getaway where he says
he can "be alone with nature, his thoughts, and the eternal spring of
the Art Spirit." Ramey has spent much of his music career flying below
the radar, until now.

Ramey's first Gold Record came out of the frustrations of commercialism.
  “I Don’t Want this Song to End” was a response to his first publisher’s
new “rules” about songwriting: No ballads, definitely no waltzes, and no
songs over four minutes. Tom Collins, Country Music publisher and
producer icon, was Ramey’s first go ‘round with Nashville’s Music Row:
“Tom was a great song man and an even better psychologist. He knew us
writer’s well enough to know we wouldn’t be told what to do. I think he
just wanted to ruffle our feathers so we would go in a room and write
something great, and stop following the formula.”

Ramey aspired to follow in the footsteps of Guy Clarke, Waylon Jennings,
Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and other outlaws who flew below the
mass media radar: "It's easy to get consumed by the hype and sparkle
and neon of that town, but I came from the mountains, where you learn
that everything man creates is superficial, talk is cheap, and stars
fall as regular as acorns off the tree. I learned a lot, but I took a
lot of what Nashville had to offer with a grain of salt."

Ramey admits that his project Spirit of Hank and the Heart of James Dean
is out at a strange time. He says of contemporary music and the state
of the industry, "We live in an age when the album is obsolete, the song
is incidental to the artist's brand, and artists seem only as popular as
their pockets are deep. But I still make music the way I want to make
it. There are opportunities out there for Indie's these days, so all is
not lost; we just have to work a little harder for a little less.
Nobody told me this life would be easy, and I don't mind the sweat."
With songs like "The Spirit of Hank and the Heart of James Dean," “This
Ain’t No Country,” ”Ramblers,” "Pocatalico," "Almost Had Me There,"
“Ain’t Gettin’ Anywhere," "Lonely Heart," and "Good Kinda Crazy," If you
haven't heard of Tony Ramey, once you hear him, you'll wonder why.

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As the first light of the day peeks over the Chesapeake Bay, Mike Aiken
steps off his boat and walks down the dock to load his bus (band
schooner) for another run. It’s a scene that’s often repeated but this
time he’ll be driving down to Key West with his video crew to shoot
footage for his next music video. This is just another day for Aiken.
Some days, you’ll find him writing a song onboard his sailboat, Ocean
Girl. On others he might be in Nashville rehearsing with his band or
cutting tracks in the studio. On others he might be hosting a
songwriting workshop or sailing seminar with his wife, Amy. Or you may
not find him stateside at all. Aiken’s love for singing, songwriting,
and sailing has taken him all over the world.

Originally from a rural area outside of Buffalo, New York, Mike Aiken is
no stranger to hard work. As he says, “My days of being a dirt-dweller,
from self-sufficient farming, shoeing horses, raising animals and the
battle of too much snow taught me how to make a life with my own hands.”
This experience is priceless and Aiken continues to apply these
principles daily. A love for music has always been with him and he honed
his skills playing in Blues, Southern Rock, and Country bands in Western
NY. Mike’s solo career as a songwriter and artist began when he stopped
playing in bands and sailed away to distant shores.

The spark for sailing did not ignite until he was a young man working in
the inner-city of Buffalo. Aiken could often be found having his lunch
on the breakwall of Lake Erie, watching the boats come and go. He
quickly realized that if he could get a boat, outfit it properly and
learn to navigate, he could go down the Erie Canal, out the Hudson River
into the ocean and anywhere in the world. He laughs as he tells the
story of the day he bought his first boat. The engine in his old Dodge
van had just blown up, he opened the classified ads to look for another
vehicle and bought a sailboat instead! It was the true freedom of the
open water that brought Aiken out of the cold Great Lakes and eventually
to the shores of coastal Virginia, where he resides on his sailboat
today. A United States Coast Guard captain, he has sailed tens of
thousands of offshore miles along with his wife Amy, making stops along
the Canadian Maritimes, US coast, Caribbean and Europe.

For Mike, songwriting and sailing have always gone hand in hand. “There
is an honesty and realism I don’t find anywhere else but at sea and on a
sailboat,” Aiken comments. “It is most certainly not a lifestyle for
everyone but it suits me. There is no whining and no one to count on (or
blame) but yourself. Mother Nature and the sea just don’t allow it. It’s
the hard working, salt-of-the-earth people I’ve met along the
waterfronts around the world who tend to work their way into my
songwriting. They remind me of the folks I knew who work the farms and
rodeos. They have the same outlook on life, the same strengths and
values. It’s the captains and cowboys I’m drawn to. I like being on the
move and saltwater tends to run in my veins.”

A songwriter’s arsenal is only as extraordinary as the life they have
lived and Mike Aiken has lived! From the Newfie fisherman he met on the
docks in Halifax to the Brazilian finger-stylist he traded licks with on
seawall in Horta, Azores, he has a vast collection of colorful
experiences from places as familiar as your local small town to exotic
corners of the world. The inspiration for his songs come from these
experiences and the diverse cast of characters that he has met along the
way. Aiken’s songs are crafted in different settings, from solo writing
sessions while afloat to intimate, back porch collaborations with some
of the finest writers in Nashville. His mastery of varied stringed
instruments – National steel, baritone, acoustic and electric guitars,
mandolin – influences how he writes each song as each instrument speaks
differently to him. These rich and varied elements have contributed to a
catalogue of music that cannot be defined by one genre or style. Aiken’s
songs are so diverse, so honest, that they speak to a global audience
and have garnered both success on the charts as well as critical acclaim
from the media and his peers.

A positive outlook, a spirit for adventure and a life rich with
unforgettable experiences are things Mike Aiken shares in his live
performances. The well-travelled troubadour entertains audiences with
his spirited band, intimate acoustic sessions and everything in between.
His simple love for life is evident in the smile on his face and gentle
manner. Meeting him, most think that they have known him all of their
lives. His fan base is as diverse as his catalogue of songs and he grows
loyal fans wherever he goes. Each year he spends time in Europe
performing live and reconnecting with family and friends. No matter the
performance, Aiken remains approachable and never leaves a venue until
he has connected with every fan waiting to meet him.

“Songwriting is a personal experience for folks of all ages and I’m
honored to be able to help others with the process. I’ve been fortunate
over the years for all the inspirational characters who have wandered
into my life and left me with bits of wisdom.” Aiken recognizes the
lessons he has learned are meant to be shared. Through songwriting
workshops, he is able to connect with fans on a deeper level, share his
own journey and help them with their own. Aiken’s outreach is not
limited to his experiences as a songwriter. He and his wife Amy, who
joins him on stage playing percussion, and has been his shipmate for
over 30,000 offshore miles, help other boat enthusiasts realize the
dream of sailing offshore for long distances. Together they host what
they have dubbed the “songinar,” which provides valuable insight into
sailing long distances or outfitting a sailboat for ocean passage while
entertaining participants with their stories and songs of the sea.

In addition Aiken hosts an annual festival where he brings together his
love of songwriting and his passion for positive influence. “As a kid, I
was a hell-raiser and gave my poor parents and teachers a real
challenge. It’s music that kept me straight, out of the ditch and
focused.” Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest, whose mission is
youth music education and celebrating the songwriter, is another avenue
for Mike to give back. The idea came to him while sailing back from the
Bahamas. Aiken imagined how wonderful it would be to have a festival of
original music that you could sail to – and this is it. In its 9th year,
taking place in Smithfield, Virginia in October, the festival celebrates
the songwriter, with original music and workshops.

As an artist who comes by his stories honestly, Aiken has definitely
taken his place among well-respected songwriters and musicians in the
Americana and Country communities. Captains & Cowboys, Aiken’s sixth
studio album, has received critical acclaim from media and peers in the
United States as well as overseas including a first-round GRAMMY
nomination. The album, which Aiken co-produced with Dan Baird (Georgia
Satellites) and Ben Strano (Jack Sundrud/Poco,) has established Aiken’s
presence as songwriter and artist in multiple genres. Various songs have
been chosen for compilations and “Chesapeake” was chosen by Sports
Illustrated magazine as one of the Top 40 Sports Songs of All Time. He
has had five Top 30 singles on the radio in the US and Europe. He has
written and produced music for Raceline, America’s only weekly
syndicated show about NASCAR racing, and penned the ‘On The Road”
articles for Singer & Musician Magazine. Aiken always finds time to give
back to the community with his philanthropic projects that include the
annual Aiken & Friends Fest and the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race
that benefits environmental concerns. He is an active endorsee for
Takamine Guitars, Ovation Guitars and Mandolins, TKL/Cedar Creek Custom
Cases and Levi’s Jeans.

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Lloyd & April Wright
Friday, September 22
$16.50
CD release party for their new album, Wondrous Love

 

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Saturday, October 21
Mike & Amy Aiken


$16.50

As the first light of the day peeks over the Chesapeake Bay, Mike Aiken steps off his boat and walks down the dock to load his bus (band
schooner) for another run. It’s a scene that’s often repeated but this time he’ll be driving down to Key West with his video crew to shoot footage for his next music video. This is just another day for Aiken.
Some days, you’ll find him writing a song onboard his sailboat, Ocean Girl. On others he might be in Nashville rehearsing with his band or cutting tracks in the studio. On others he might be hosting a songwriting workshop or sailing seminar with his wife, Amy. Or you may not find him stateside at all. Aiken’s love for singing, songwriting, and sailing has taken him all over the world.

Originally from a rural area outside of Buffalo, New York, Mike Aiken is no stranger to hard work. As he says, “My days of being a dirt-dweller, from self-sufficient farming, shoeing horses, raising animals and the battle of too much snow taught me how to make a life with my own hands.”
This experience is priceless and Aiken continues to apply these principles daily. A love for music has always been with him and he honed his skills playing in Blues, Southern Rock, and Country bands in Western NY. Mike’s solo career as a songwriter and artist began when he stopped playing in bands and sailed away to distant shores.

The spark for sailing did not ignite until he was a young man working in the inner-city of Buffalo. Aiken could often be found having his lunch on the breakwall of Lake Erie, watching the boats come and go. He quickly realized that if he could get a boat, outfit it properly and learn to navigate, he could go down the Erie Canal, out the Hudson River into the ocean and anywhere in the world. He laughs as he tells the story of the day he bought his first boat. The engine in his old Dodge van had just blown up, he opened the classified ads to look for another vehicle and bought a sailboat instead! It was the true freedom of the open water that brought Aiken out of the cold Great Lakes and eventually to the shores of coastal Virginia, where he resides on his sailboat today. A United States Coast Guard captain, he has sailed tens of thousands of offshore miles along with his wife Amy, making stops along the Canadian Maritimes, US coast, Caribbean and Europe.

For Mike, songwriting and sailing have always gone hand in hand. “There is an honesty and realism I don’t find anywhere else but at sea and on a sailboat,” Aiken comments. “It is most certainly not a lifestyle for everyone but it suits me. There is no whining and no one to count on (or
blame) but yourself. Mother Nature and the sea just don’t allow it. It’s the hard working, salt-of-the-earth people I’ve met along the waterfronts around the world who tend to work their way into my songwriting. They remind me of the folks I knew who work the farms and rodeos. They have the same outlook on life, the same strengths and values. It’s the captains and cowboys I’m drawn to. I like being on the move and saltwater tends to run in my veins.”

A songwriter’s arsenal is only as extraordinary as the life they have lived and Mike Aiken has lived! From the Newfie fisherman he met on the docks in Halifax to the Brazilian finger-stylist he traded licks with on seawall in Horta, Azores, he has a vast collection of colorful experiences from places as familiar as your local small town to exotic corners of the world. The inspiration for his songs come from these experiences and the diverse cast of characters that he has met along the way. Aiken’s songs are crafted in different settings, from solo writing sessions while afloat to intimate, back porch collaborations with some of the finest writers in Nashville. His mastery of varied stringed instruments – National steel, baritone, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin – influences how he writes each song as each instrument speaks differently to him. These rich and varied elements have contributed to a catalogue of music that cannot be defined by one genre or style. Aiken’s songs are so diverse, so honest, that they speak to a global audience and have garnered both success on the charts as well as critical acclaim from the media and his peers.

A positive outlook, a spirit for adventure and a life rich with unforgettable experiences are things Mike Aiken shares in his live performances. The well-travelled troubadour entertains audiences with his spirited band, intimate acoustic sessions and everything in between.
His simple love for life is evident in the smile on his face and gentle manner. Meeting him, most think that they have known him all of their lives. His fan base is as diverse as his catalogue of songs and he grows loyal fans wherever he goes. Each year he spends time in Europe performing live and reconnecting with family and friends. No matter the performance, Aiken remains approachable and never leaves a venue until he has connected with every fan waiting to meet him.

“Songwriting is a personal experience for folks of all ages and I’m honored to be able to help others with the process. I’ve been fortunate over the years for all the inspirational characters who have wandered into my life and left me with bits of wisdom.” Aiken recognizes the lessons he has learned are meant to be shared. Through songwriting workshops, he is able to connect with fans on a deeper level, share his own journey and help them with their own. Aiken’s outreach is not limited to his experiences as a songwriter. He and his wife Amy, who joins him on stage playing percussion, and has been his shipmate for over 30,000 offshore miles, help other boat enthusiasts realize the dream of sailing offshore for long distances. Together they host what they have dubbed the “songinar,” which provides valuable insight into sailing long distances or outfitting a sailboat for ocean passage while entertaining participants with their stories and songs of the sea.

In addition Aiken hosts an annual festival where he brings together his love of songwriting and his passion for positive influence. “As a kid, I was a hell-raiser and gave my poor parents and teachers a real challenge. It’s music that kept me straight, out of the ditch and focused.” Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest, whose mission is youth music education and celebrating the songwriter, is another avenue for Mike to give back. The idea came to him while sailing back from the Bahamas. Aiken imagined how wonderful it would be to have a festival of original music that you could sail to – and this is it. In its 9th year, taking place in Smithfield, Virginia in October, the festival celebrates the songwriter, with original music and workshops.

As an artist who comes by his stories honestly, Aiken has definitely taken his place among well-respected songwriters and musicians in the Americana and Country communities. Captains & Cowboys, Aiken’s sixth studio album, has received critical acclaim from media and peers in the United States as well as overseas including a first-round GRAMMY nomination. The album, which Aiken co-produced with Dan Baird (Georgia
Satellites) and Ben Strano (Jack Sundrud/Poco,) has established Aiken’s presence as songwriter and artist in multiple genres. Various songs have been chosen for compilations and “Chesapeake” was chosen by Sports Illustrated magazine as one of the Top 40 Sports Songs of All Time. He has had five Top 30 singles on the radio in the US and Europe. He has written and produced music for Raceline, America’s only weekly syndicated show about NASCAR racing, and penned the ‘On The Road”
articles for Singer & Musician Magazine. Aiken always finds time to give back to the community with his philanthropic projects that include the annual Aiken & Friends Fest and the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race that benefits environmental concerns. He is an active endorsee for Takamine Guitars, Ovation Guitars and Mandolins, TKL/Cedar Creek Custom Cases and Levi’s Jeans.

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Saturday, September 2
David Crockett Old Time Music Society


Open Mic/Jam


$2.00

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Saturday, December 2
David Crockett Old Time Music Society

Open Mic/Jam
$2.00

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Don Edwards
Saturday, December 30
$27.50

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Sunday, December 31
Ring in the New Year with the
David Crockett Old Time Music Society
Open Mic/Jam
8:00 PM - Midnight
$5.00

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