By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – For a singer-songwriter like Kate Campbell, an in-the-round style concert is like her natural habitat.
Campbell will perform with Maura Fields, Clint Jordan and Bob Ray at the Link Centre’s Monthly Music Mix concert at the end of the month.
“(In-the-rounds) are really the way I initially started out,” Campbell said in a phone interview with the Daily Journal. “We talk about our (writing) process, and I think the audience is intrigued by that. It makes me think about my songwriting.”
Campbell was born in Sledge but grew up in Nashville, where she currently resides. She’s made a name for herself as a Southern singer-songwriter whose songs have been compared to the writing of Southern novelists like Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor.
“I try not to tell the story that’s in the song,” she said of her plan for the Link Centre show. “I instead talk about what inspired the song or what happened after the song.”
Campbell already has some ideas about her setlist for Tupelo.
“I may do all of my Mississippi-related songs. I’m a huge Elvis fan, and I have a song about Tupelo, so I’ll probably do my song about Tupelo,” she said.
Her albums, including her latest, will be for sale at the show.
Her project with the New Agrarians – the name of her side project with Tom Kimmel and Pierce Pettis – is in limited release now. “Due South Co-Op” was recorded at Delta State University with Tricia Walker, who performed at the last in-the-round concert at the Link Centre.
Campbell’s last solo album, “1,000 Pound Machine,” was released in 2012, but she’s writing for a new album.
She also has several writing workshops and other projects happening this year.
She’s excited to engage with other songwriters and her audience in Tupelo.
“I’m looking forward to it,” she said. “It’s been at least 10 years since I played in Tupelo.”
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
• What: Monthly Music Mix presents Kate Campbell, Bob Ray, Maura Fields, Clint Jordan
• When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31
• Where: Link Centre Reception Hall
• Cost: $10/adults, $5/students
• Info: (662) 690-4011