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Performing at Princess Theatre on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Kate Campbell
Performing at Princess Theatre on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Folk singer Kate Campbell performing Thursday night

By Patrice Stewart 340-2446

You can hear folk singer-songwriter Kate Campbell of Nashville, joined by Spooner Oldham of Muscle Shoals music fame, open the Year of Alabama Arts in Decatur on Thursday night.

"Kate weaves her country folk tales like a master storyteller," said Lindy Ashwander, executive director of the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, where the program will begin at 7 p.m.

Others have said that if Eudora Welty and William Faulkner had been musicians, Campbell is what they might sound like.

She draws on her master's degree in Southern history from Auburn University and her childhood years in Mississippi much as those legendary writers called on their Southern backgrounds.

Campbell will be joined on stage by Oldham, whose soulful keyboards are heard in much of the music you remember from Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Neal Young, Hank Williams Jr. and many more.

"Kate Campbell played and wowed England's prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival, yet she's just as comfortable in a Southern Baptist church," Ashwander said.

Her spiritual side is reflected in Campbell's most recent album, "For the Living of These Days," recorded with Oldham.

They will perform some of those songs, as well as some Alabama tunes and a bit of Elvis, rock and soul, on stage tonight.

This special event is not part of the Princess season. Tickets are $20 or $22 for adults and $15 for students and teachers, available at the Princess box office, 340-1778.

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