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Singer-Songwriter Troy Campbell with Sahara Smith in Wimberley Concert Association Performance
Singer/songwriter Troy Campbell

7 PM
Thursday, March 9, 2006

Chapel in the Hills
14601 Ranch Road 12
Wimberley, Texas
The Wimberley Concert Association is excited to present a very special evening with singer-songwriter Troy Campbell on Thursday, March 9, 2006 at Chapel in the Hills, with special guest Sahara Smith.

Troy Campbell has been  a creative force in Texas since he came to Austin in 1989. His band Loose Diamonds (from a song by Jo Carol Pierce, whose acclaimed Austin tribute album Troy co-produced) became a national favorite. They conquered clubs one by one, with the intensity of their live performances recalling Austin hero Joe Ely or even Bruce Springsteen (who proclaimed himself a fan of the band’s “wide-open sound,” while calling Troy “a rare voice”).

Their 1993 CD debut, Burning Daylight, won NAIRD’s award for the year’s best independent rock CD, and 1996’s Fresco Fiasco was listed among that year’s 10 undiscovered gems by the New York Times.  Following the Diamonds' late-90s breakup, Campbell released 1999's Man vs. Beast  and 2002's American Breakdown. It was at this time that he established himself in a new field as well, emerging as one of Austin's most promising filmmakers. Campbell produced “A Place to Dance,” a documentary short about New Orleans big-band maestro Pat Barberot, which won the audience award for best documentary at the 2004 Austin Film Festival. Meanwhile, with his partner/animator Dano Johnson, he launched Collection Agency Films, exploring his love for storytelling in great clips covering Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman, songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard, and others. More recently, Campbell's put his camera to good use filming the astonishing return to live performance of psychedelic rock legend Roky Erickson.

Long in the Sun, Campbell's extraordinary new album, showcases Campbell’s remarkable voice, a uniquely expressive instrument comfortable with everything from jagged murder ballads to four-on-the-floor Chuck Berry rockers to candlelit love songs. With roots maven Gurf Morlix (producer of a who's-who of American music, from Lucinda Williams to Butch Hancock) at the helm, Long in the Sun is easily Campbell's most assured and most invitingly intimate effort yet, a panoramic collection with an intent eye on human interconnections, motivations, emotions. Long in the Sun is the work of one of America's best songwriters operating from a place of strength, open to all that comes his way, and pushing himself and his songs to new heights.

Wimberley’s own, singer-songwriter Sahara Smith will open. Sahara's voice is truly unique and beautiful, and the maturity of her songwriting has brought her praise and attention not only locally, but nation-wide. Sahara is just seventeen years old, but has written poetry and songs since she was very young. In 2003, she began to perform regularly at clubs and restaurants in Wimberley and Blanco. She was invited by the "Blue Fish" collective to perform at music festivals around the Hill Country and in Austin, and she appeared on public radio station KUT’s “Folkways” and "Eklektikos" programs.

In May of 2004, Sahara was hand-selected from hundreds of applicants by radio host Garrison Keillor, to perform her original songs for the “Prairie Home Companion Twelve-to-Twenty” talent show on National Public Radio. Of the six finalist acts on the program, which was broadcast nationally and internationally, Sahara received the second-place trophy. Following her performance, there was a flurry of interest in her music, with listeners across the nation seeking out recordings of her songs. One fan wrote, “I was driving along in my car when she started to play, and before the end of the first verse, I had to pull over to devote my entire attention to her beautiful song… we will definitely be hearing more from this amazingly talented singer/songwriter/guitarist in the future.”

Sahara was featured in the Austin Chronicle this February as a young artist to watch, and is a popular performer at venues throughout the Hill Country. Recent performances have included sets at UT’s Cactus Café and the Folk Alliance Festival in Austin.

This concert will be held at Chapel in the Hills, Thursday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. Suggested donation is $6 for adults. Children are admitted free with a supervising adult. Students are always welcomed at no charge. Proceeds from the 2005-2006 Wimberley Concert Association are awarded as scholarships to local youths for music education, so please come out and support local music, local musicians, and music education in Wimberley.


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