Though he’s performed in Prescott a number of times, Dave Stamey is returning for his second solo show, this time at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.
Stamey said he adores Prescott and he’s both proud and humbled to have assembled an audience large enough for him to perform at the Elks Theatre. Recently, he was inducted into the International Western Music Association Hall of Fame, something he said was brought about by his peers.
“You hear about this and you go, ‘wow, really? Are you sure?’ Then you think, ‘wait a minute, I’m not old enough to be in the hall of fame,” Stamey said. “I was honored, absolutely honored, to have been chosen for that. They don’t just hand those out. That’s kind of neat.”
His show begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, and tickets are $25 for adults and $24 for seniors, available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-776-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
Most of the songs he performs are original material, Stamey said. Additionally, he’s working on a new album and is using some of the songs in it for the show, he said. His inspiration is his life in the rural American West, Stamey said.
“My life’s work, I believe, is to celebrate the rural American West,” he said. “I’ve spent the last 20 years doing just that. I just wander around and look at stuff, and I can come up with an idea for a song.”
There’s all kinds of different things that will trigger a song-writing spell, Stamey said. On the last album, he said he had a song about an automobile repair shop in a small town and a song inspired by the highway between Bakersfield and Sacramento, where there are 10 to 12 different palm readers and psychics.
In a prior interview, Stamey said his shows are simple: just a guy on stage with a guitar, singing and telling stories about the rural West. After all, everybody likes a story; that’s how people cope with life, he said.
The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St. For more information about Dave Stamey, visit www.davestamey.com.
By Jason Wheeler, follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels, or reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037.