Originally Published: July 16, 2015 6:40 p.m.
It's time to gather round the campfire and pull out the guitar and harmonica. It's time for some Western music at the Prescott Center for the Arts by Dave Stamey. Performing on Wednesday, July 22, Stamey is known as one of the most popular Western entertainers working today and has been called the "Charlie Russell of Western Music" by Cowboys & Indians Magazine.
Stamey said that he writes and sings what he knows, stating that his career in music was a natural progression after having worked for an outfitter in the Eastern Sierras.
"I started playing my guitar around the campfire and it snowballed from there," he said, noting that it has taken him 24 years to get where he is now.
Stamey said he loves getting to know people in small rural areas, adding that those areas are some of the most beautiful parts of the country. Having performed in Prescott before, he said he's made many friends in the area and that it's one of his favorite towns in the whole West.
As for the songs he writes, Stamey said that he takes what he knows and transforms it into a song, mentioning that he'll just write a song about a subject when it comes to him. And they're all different, he said, adding that some of them are completely born when he goes to write them while others still have work to be done.
Stamey said his shows are simple, just a guy on stage with a guitar singing and telling stories about the rural West.
"Everybody likes a story," Stamey said. "It's how we deal with the world... there's not very many people doing that."
Dave Stamey will be at the Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St., on Wednesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.pca-az.net.
For more information, call the Prescott Center for the Arts at 928-445-3286.
- by Jason Wheeler. Follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach Jason at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.