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Jonesborough welcomes Teller-in-Residence Kate Campbell

Following her hugely popular performance at the National Storytelling Festival last fall, singer-songwriter Kate Campbell is returning to Jonesborough for a weeklong residency at the International Storytelling Center.
A Nashville-based musician who specializes in country, folk and Americana, Campbell will have her guitar on hand to play songs from her 13 albums. There will be a tale for every tune — some that provide the story behind the music, and others that are the story of writing the song itself — and a new set of stories for every day of her residency.
As the daughter of a Baptist preacher, Campbell heard a lot of stories growing up. She learned about storytelling from the church, though she’s quick to point out that her musical talents weren’t courtesy of her father who couldn’t really carry a tune.
Much of her work focuses on her childhood in Mississippi. She came of age in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, which was a huge influence.
Southern through-and-through, she’s been compared to Flannery O’Connor and Harper Lee. Those writers heavily influence her thinking and her lyrics, and often find their way into the stories themselves.
Musically, Campbell’s biggest influences have been Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson. She’s often compared to Emmylou Harris, whom she has collaborated with, but her story-based songs set Campbell apart from her contemporaries.
A careful lyricist, she often works on the words long after she’s found the melody. That’s always been her method, though it took her time to find her niche.
When she first started playing around Nashville, she thought she was more of a gospel or a contemporary Christian kind of singer. But it wasn’t until she started playing country venues that she really found her audience.
During her residency, Campbell will host regular matinee performances June 16 – 20, Tuesday through Saturday. Shows start daily at 2 p.m., and tickets are $12 for adults and $11 for seniors, students and children under 18. Reservations are highly recommended. For more information about Storytelling Live!, visit, or to make a group reservation, call 800-952-8392 ext. 222 or 913-1276.