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Five-Time Grammy Winner Mary Chapin Carpenter to Perform at AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical as Part of Eudora Welty Centennial Celebration

Kate Campbell, Caroline Herring, Claire Holley to Join Carpenter

Several Other Musicians to Perform During Festival

July 7, 2009 (Decatur) — Kate Campbell, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Caroline Herring, and Claire Holley will perform together at Agnes Scott College’s Presser Hall as part of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (DBF) on Saturday, September 5 at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7. The performance celebrates the 100th anniversary of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty’s birth. Tickets to the event will be $25 dollars, and are now available at Agnes Scott College’s box office (404) 471-6430.

The festival is Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6.

“Music has always been such a big part of the festival because we feel it adds a tremendous amount of diversity that people have come to love and expect,” said DBF Executive Director Daren Wang. “This year’s festival is going to offer an incredible cultural experience.”

Mary Chapin Carpenter is the winner of five Grammy Awards, and is the only artist to win the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance four years in a row. Her album Come On Come On achieved quadruple platinum status. The multi-talented singer/songwriter also authors a biweekly column in the Washington Times, and has been featured on NPR’s This I Believe.

American folk singer/songwriter Kate Campbell has released 12 albums, most of which explore the topics of race, religion, history, and human relationships through storytelling. Her music has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Mountain Stage.

Caroline Herring is an Atlanta-based country and folk singer/songwriter who recently released the album “Lantana.” The 2002 SXSW Austin Music Awards and the Austin American Statesman both named her Best New Artist.

Claire Holley, whose voice has been described as “nothing short of achingly beautiful” by the Huffington Post, is a Southern-born singer/ songwriter who has toured within the past year in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, California, Arkansas, and Maryland.

In addition to the powerhouse performance to take place at Agnes Scott, three musicians will be performing at nationally renowned music venue Eddie’s Attic Saturday evening at 8 p.m. Diane Durrett (who has performed in connection with music icons such as Tina Turner, Michael Bolton, Sting, and Faith Hill), folk singer/songwriter David Olney (described as “…a true genius of American song” by the Houston Press), and author, guitarist, and singer/songwriter Paul Sanchez, will play an assortment of musical selections. All three musicians will have readings at Eddie’s Attic during the day, which will be free and open to the public. Tickets to the evening event are $15 and are available through Eddie’s Attic. Doors open at 7:30.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical is the largest independent book festival in the country and the fourth largest overall. This year, more than 300 authors and tens of thousands of festival goers will crowd the historic downtown Decatur Square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more.

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