February 25th: Crystal Yates in Concert


Karen Mal and Crystal Yates in Concert at The Old Firehouse In Edom This Month

The Old Firehouse is an intimate, smoke-free and alcohol-free “coffeehouse” that has made a name for itself by bringing national folk musicians and their all-original music to Edom’s unique listening room and stage. Info can be found at theoldfirehouse.net, info@theoldfirehouse.net, or by calling (903)852-2781.

Concerts are typically scheduled each month from October through April and can be found at theoldfirehouse.net along with links to samples of the music.

Admission prices for concerts are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and events are on Saturday evenings beginning at 7:30pm with doors opening early so the audience can enjoy coffee and desserts that are always available.

On February 25th, local favorite Crystal Yates takes the stage. Inspired by classic country singer-songwriters like Merle Haggard and Motown artists like Etta James, she was crowned the national winner in the 2014 Texaco Country Showdown, the longest-running music competition.

Crystal Yates was listening to a sermon at Cross Timbers Church in Argyle when she had a musical epiphany. “Stop trying to separate the secular and sacred by treating everything as sacred,” implored the pastor, Toby Slough. It was then that the country singer-songwriter from McKinney, Texas realized her love of songwriting didn’t require her to compartmentalize her audience or subject matter.

It’s had a profound effect on how she approached her music — country, spiritual, or otherwise. “If I were a doctor, I wouldn’t just treat the people who thought and behaved just like me. I would treat anyone,” says Yates.

She and her husband and guitar player, Will, have a new EP “The Other Side,” to celebrate, but on Sunday mornings you will find them in front of thousands of worshippers leading the song service for Cross Timbers. “So I write out song prescriptions for my own heart, my friends, my family, and then share in hopes that they resonate and bring some hope and a voice to others.”

Whether a song is initially intended for two-steppers, the believers in her church, or a close friend in pain, it doesn’t have a genre-specific point of origin. Yates’ songs come from the kind of love she believes in and the kind that’s guided her through the tough times great songs are made of.

Concerts at The Old Firehouse in Edom are all original music. Cover tunes are never allowed on their stage. All the music is performed by the songwriters who wrote them.