Return Engagement 

Maybe it happens when the leaves turn, or maybe it's timed to Daylight Savings or some mystical phenomenon, but whatever cosmic force it is that periodically brings Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kate Campbell to the Center for Southern Folklore, it's at work again.

Kate Campbell is the "New South" poet laureate whose songs are storytelling gems filled with humor, sadness, wonderment, and longing. She's also prolific, having put out 12 albums since her first, Songs from the Levee, in 1994. That includes her newest, Save the Day, which is the reason for the season of Campbell's return engagement to the Center for Southern Folklore. There'll be a CD-release party for Save the Day and a trio of events:

The first is the concert on Saturday at the center's Folklore Hall. In that intimate setting, Campbell will regale devoted fans and neophytes alike with stories and songs.

The next day, Campbell is holding a songwriter's workshop at the center, taking participants behind the curtain of her creative process. Following Sunday's workshop is KateFest, an even more intimate happening, where Campbell will play songs she didn't get to the night before and relate stories about each of them.

Kate Campbell at the Center for Southern Folklore, 119 S. Main. Concert: Saturday, November 22, 8 p.m. $25 Golden Circle tickets, $15 advance, $18 day-of. Workshop: Sunday, November 23, 2 p.m. $30 public, $25 for members of the Memphis Songwriter Association and center for Southern Folklore. KateFest: Sunday, November 23, 4 p.m. $20, or included in price of Workshop. Call 525-3655 for tickets and information.

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