CAMP STREET CAFÉ
Tune into the Camp
Street Cafe & Store Music hour.
Every Saturday morning at 8:30 on KIVY 92.7 FM
All shows start at 7:00 PM unless otherwise mentioned
|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 6:00pm
Hosted by Lloyd and April Wright. Bring an instrument and jam, perform at the open mic, or just come and listen!
Since 1977, Steve Hartz has been building, repairing, and playing stringed instruments at the General Mercantile and Oldtime String Shop on the square in downtown Nacogdoches. Steve has always loved and collected musical styles, ideas and stories that reflect earlier times. As a result, in 1998 he started his own recording company and received a Crossroads music award for his first CD, Crooked Steep and Rocky. This was followed by two East Texas inspired book and CD projects, By the Muddy Angelina and Settlers of the Western Woods.
Steve’s original songs have been featured as title cuts on five different projects by other artists including original Dixie Chick member, Robin Macy, on Danger in the Air, David Peterson and 1946’s Howling Blue Winds, and Southern Rail’s Glory Train, which was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s gospel album of the year in 1996.
In addition to performing his old-time-style original music, Steve and his wife, Sheryl, have put on medicine shows and historical re-enactment programs from East Texas to far West Texas. Their music is a combination of original and traditional tunes designed to transport the listener to simpler times.
More recently, Steve and Sheryl have had the pleasure of performing with Jay White, who makes a wonderful addition with his unique two-string washtub bass and harmonies. Before moving to Nacogdoches and becoming familiar with old-time music, Jay spent more than 20 years performing as part of the country-rock scene in California, touring in Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band, as well as playing with Doug Kershaw and Davy Jones of the Monkeys.
Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, a published author, a nationally known storyteller and a visual artist. And he’s from the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where all those things are as much a part of life as breathing. Michael’s talents in the aforementioned fields have taken him to forty-four states and several foreign countries over his over fifty-three-year career. His work is based in life experiences that reflect the culture of his mountain roots, which go back eight generations. But, Michael’s stories, songs and artworks reflect not only the southern experience, but also American’s story. His work, in whichever form it may take, all comes down to one thing…story.
One could compare Michael's performances to his granddaddy's pocket knife: well-worn and familiar feeling, but razor sharp and with a point. His brand of entertainment appeals to a very diverse audience.
Michael's natural knack for storytelling, in print, song and spoken word has earned him praise from not only the music community but from the literary and storytelling worlds as well, having had the honor of being a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and to be Teller In Residence at the International Storytelling Center, as well as performing at major music events like MerleFest and the Walnut Valley Festival. Along with his performances, Michael often conducts workshops in songwriting and storytelling as well.
His humor and wit, as well as the emotional depth of his work, keep his fan base growing and staying tuned in for whatever comes next. Don’t miss the chance to experience what those faithful fans keep returning again and again to enjoy.
Todd Albright is a country blues, twelve-string guitar player and vocalist based in Detroit, Michigan. Grounded in the pre-war era of the blues tradition (1880-1939), Todd is a mindful purveyor of blues history. His repertoire upholds musical pillars such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly. His life’s work continues the distinguished tradition of the very roots of American music as told by the African American musicians who created it. Todd Albright joined Jack White’s Third Man Records in 2016.
Todd's vigorous, gritty and soulful performances are accompanied by stories of the masters and a deep intuitive sense of respect for craft, providing audiences with a meaningful
experience while creating a transcendent moment. One of the top blues guitarists in the world, Todd is the only contemporary twelve string player in his genre.
Todd's first full-length LP, Fourth Floor Visitor, was released by Jett Plastic Recordings out of Detroit, Michigan (2017). His latest album, Detroit Twelve String: Blues & Rags, is out now on Third Man Records (2017). His forthcoming third album is set to be released by Third Man Records.