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Shawn Camp

Live at the Station Inn – 2004 (Oh Boy)

Reviewed by Kevin Oliver

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Shawn Camp is perhaps one of the great undiscovered or at least underappreciated talents of bluegrass music. After one ill-fated attempt at a mainstream country music career, Camp has been busy writing songs recorded by many of today's most popular bluegrass and roots music artists.

This set, recorded over two nights at Nashville bluegrass haven The Station Inn, is as good an introduction to Camp's songs as you're likely to find in one place. There are some familiar tunes, like, "My Love Will Not Change," which was recorded by the Del McCoury Band, and some new compositions as well. < BR>Camp leads what is essentially a pickup band of Music City session players and bluegrassers through solid if unremarkable renditions of Camp compositions like, "Sis Draper," and the Guy Clark cowrite, "Soldiers Joy 1864."For a live bluegrass album there are precious few sparks flying from the instruments, though that might be more than one should expect from the aforementioned seasoned studio pros. Camp's excellent songs, however, still make this a really cool demo disc.