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Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell's newest albums -- The singer/songwriter releases two new discs, ''The Portable Kate Campbell'' and ''Sing Me Out''

Through seven CDs, Kate Campbell has been something of a musical Eudora Welty, chronicling Southern life with an eye for illuminating detail and a knack for creating memorable, sometimes wacky characters. On these two releases, she revisits 30 tunes from her catalog, breathing new life into oughta-be classics like The Portable Kate Campbell's elegiac ''Moonpie Dreams'' and Sing Me Out's wry ''Jesus & Tomatoes,'' in which Campbell bribes the Almighty's lawyer with a BLT sandwich. Take your pick—either collection serves as a tempting appetizer to a literate songsmith who's as satisfying as barbecue and sweet tea. Portable: A Sing: B+

Originally posted Sep 03, 2004 Published in issue #781 Sep 03, 2004 Order article reprints