Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Satisfy the soul with ‘sacred steel’

Campbell Brothers rock with modern gospel music Soul

Express Staff Writer

The Campbell Brothers will play soul-stirring gospel at the Sun Valley Opera House. Photo by

It's an excellent time to let go and have faith in the music of the Campbell Brothers. The Campbell Brothers plan to take down the Sun Valley Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. with a modern twist on soulful gospel music.

Part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts' Winter Performance Series, the Campbell Brothers are a band of three brothers and friends as well as relatives. The group calls its sound "sacred steel." They have been playing their version of traditional African-American gospel music with the addition of an electric steel guitar for almost two decades.

This style of music has been an integral part of the sound of the House of God Keith Dominion Church, which has branches throughout the country, and is now moving from the sanctuary to the concert hall. The Campbell Brothers still play at Sunday services in Rush, N.Y., and the group has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as in countless blues clubs, music halls and festivals across the U.S. and in Europe.

Darick Campbell plays the lap steel guitar, the most common form of steel guitar. Brother Chuck Campbell plays the pedal steel guitar and Phil Campbell plays bass guitar. The group also includes Carl Campbell (son of Phil) on drums and Katie Jackson and Denise Brown as vocalists.

Tickets are $20 for The Center members, $30 for non-members and $10 for kids. For details, call 726-9491.

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