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Kate Campbell

Songs From The Levee – 2004 (Compadré)

Reviewed by John Lupton

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"Songs From The Levee," Kate Campbell's landmark 1995 debut, has been digitally re-mastered for this reissue, and while that alone may not tempt those who bought it the first time around, the presence of five bonus tracks should tilt the balance. In addition to an alternate take of "Like A Buffalo," there are acoustic versions of "Bury Me In Bluegrass," "Lanterns On The Levee," "A Cotton Field Away" and "Trains Don't Run From Nashville," all of them as riveting as the "regular" versions.

Her work in the last few years has certainly lived up to the expectations all these early songs engendered, and there are no indications that she won't keep on putting out the same kind of intelligent, spellbinding music for at least another decade. But, where many singers get tired of their old standards and decide it's time to move on - "been there, done that" - it's yet another mark of Campbell's talent that she can turn her own leftovers into something deliciously new.