Back Door Coffeehouse

October 6 Back Door!

Friday, October 6 at 7:30 (doors open at 7:00pm)

Tom Kimmel!


Tom_Kimmel_photo_by_Scott_Housley_2006We are happy to welcome home to the Back Door stage TOM KIMMEL! You know Tom Kimmel’s music even if you’ve never heard him play. Tom has created songs for every imaginable media including major motion pictures. He has written for internationally acclaimed performers such as Linda Ronstadt, Nanci Griffith, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings . He even wrote a song for Captain Kangaroo. All of this is in addition to his own recordings with The New Agrarians, The Waymores, The Sherpas, and his own solo CDs.

We’ve got a great evening of entertainment for you so join us October 6 for an amazing show. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Childcare available.


Shout-outs from some of our Back Door artists upon our 25th Anniversary:

“Happy 25, y’all! I’m SO PROUD to know you! Wishing the Back Door 25 more years of Peace, Love, and Music!”  Kate Campbell, Nashville

“‘Listening room’ and ‘music venue’ only begin to describe the Back Door Coffeehouse. To capture the essence of this place, you need words such as nuanced, hospitable, thoughtful, generous, and appreciative. And, of course, open because their doors are always just that. Congrats on 25 years, and thanks for treating your artists so well!”Claire Holley, Los Angeles

“Hello to all the folks who come to the Back Door to celebrate the joy music brings to life of beautiful melody and lyric. Happy 25th Anniversary!”Chuck Cannon, Nashville

“To everyone at The Back Door, a very, very Happy 25 years of bringing the music to the people! Thank you for making me feel a part of your family. Woohoo!”Sally Barris, Nashville

“Back Door Coffeehouse blesses all the right things about music and community. Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary.” Tom Kimmel — Tupelo

“Congrats, Back Door! Quite an accomplishment to build such a loving community over 25 years… So glad to be a small part of it.” Tricia Walker — Cleveland, Mississippi

“Congratulations, Back Door! Pierce Pettis here. You guys have always been great to me. Looking forward to seeing you again on May 5th! Take care.” Pierce Pettis — Menton, Alabama

“Sending lots of love from across the Atlantic to all at The Back Door Coffeehouse! Great big congratulations on your 25th anniversary, and huge thanks once again for the warm welcome, wonderful hospitality, and lovely atmosphere. You provided a fantastic start to my 2015 U.S. tour and I hope to see all of you again before too long!”
Sarah McQuaid — Penzance, England

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Now on WUSM!

The Back Door Coffeehouse is recorded live and broadcast by our good friends at WUSM 88.5 FM on the last Sunday of each month at 8pm. The Back Door opens at 7:00pm and the radio recording begins at 7:30. That gives you time to get your coffee and treats and find a table near the stage. We welcome you to bring in your own pizza, burger, or filet mignon, as well. We’ll have the silverware and your drinks.







3200 Arlington, Hattiesburg, Mississippi in back of UBC


  • Free Gourmet Coffees
  • Bottled Water
  • Free Coca-Cola Drinks
  • Homemade Cakes
  • Free treats & popcorn
  • Free baby sitters in Nursery
  • BYOF policy invites you to bring your own supper to your table.

Suggested donation: $15

Student donation: $5 All donations appreciated

Thanks always to our kind sponsors:

Vardaman Honda; JavaWerks Coffee & Teas; Oddfellows Gallery; Mainstreet Books; Coca Cola of Hattiesburg; Moore’s Bike Shop; Anderson Design Center; K&D Sales; Downtown Tonsorial Parlor; Golden Eagle Sound & Production; WUSM 88.5 FM Radio; The Shop Downtown; Montigue, Pittman, & Varnado; and Clay Latham Mystery No. 2

About the Back Door Coffeehouse

Back Door Coffeehouse logoUniversity Baptist Church has served as the host of the monthly Back Door Coffeehouse since 1992. The Back Door is a unique ministry to the community where local writers, musicians, and poets are featured in an intimate and relaxed candlelight and coffee atmosphere. The Back Door is typically held on the first Friday of every month from 7:30 – 9:30P.M. There is no charge for admission, although donations for soft drinks, candy, coffee, and other costs are appreciated. Periodically, various nationally-known musicians and performers are secured by donations from patrons and neighborhood sponsors for special concerts to promote this unique artistic venue to a larger audience. Such acclaimed recording artists as Kate Campbell, Pierce Pettis, Spooner Oldham, Tom Kimmel, Caroline Herring, Tracy Grammer, and Steve Forbert have graced our stage. But we are also proud to promote the talents of our own local and regional musicians and writers. Our performers often portray a wide variety of ideas and styles. However, in supporting the open and honest artistic expression of our neighbors, there will, at times, be some readings neither intended nor appropriate for children. Childcare is provided for parents of young children without charge. If you wish to receive our monthly Back Door Coffeehouse e-mail messages, please contact us at

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Friday, February 2 at 7:30

We are happy to welcome home to the Back Door stage SALLY BARRIS! You know Sally's music even if you've never seen her perform. Sally is an A-list Nashville songwriter who has had songs covered by such top-level artists as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, and Lee Ann Womack.

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