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, November 28
Saturday, November 29
Pipp Gillette & Lloyd Wright
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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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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