Ted Russell Kamp back with new CD
Thursday, January 15, 2009
– Ted Russell Kamp, a member of Shooter Jennings' backing band, is out with a new CD, "Poor Man's Paradise," on Feb. 17 on his own Poetry of the Moment (PoMo) label.
Kamp's music is roots, country-rock and soul. The music is a follow-up to "Divisadero" (2007). On the new CD, Kamp wrote or co-wrote all 11 songs. Helping out were guitarists Tony Gilkyson and Kenny Vaughan, drummer Don Heffington, Marvin Etzioni on mandolin, Eric Heywood on pedal steel, Waylon Jennings/Highwaymen pedal steel player Robby Turner, and Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash front-man Mark Stuart. Kamp plays guitar, mandolin, bass, keyboards, lap steel, accordion, trombone and trumpet.
Kamp will tour this winter to support the CD. Tour dates are:
Jan. 31 Los Angeles, CA Ranch Party @ 3rd & Fairfax
Feb. 15 Los Angeles, CA Grand Ole Echo
Feb. 17 New Braunfels, TX KNBT/Roots & Branches
Feb. 19 Austin, T Continental Club (with Band of Heathens)
Feb. 20 Fredericksburg, TX Auslander
Feb. 21 New Braunfels, TX Gruene Hall
Feb. 21 Luckenbach, TX Luckenbach Texas
Feb. 22 Bandera, TX Bandera Saloon
March 5 Black Mtn., NC The Town Pump
March 6 Charlotte, NC Puckett's Farm Equip.
March 7 Smithfield, NC Heidi's Two-Wheel Cafe
CD reviews for Ted Russell Kamp
Considering Ted Russell Kamp's wide range of expertise - as a songwriter, session player and, of course, solo performer - it's somewhat shocking to find him paring down his efforts for thee unadorned acoustic performances, all recorded sans any flourish or accompaniment. Indeed, aside from occasional added harmonies and extra incidental guitars, "Flying Solo" is exactly what it's billed to be, Kamp alone handling vocals, guitar, Dobro, bass and mandolin. »»»
Despite a prodigious recording career - under his own auspices, as the designated leader of the Americana trio Ponticello, and as a steady sideman in Shooter Jennings' back-up band the 357's -- Ted Russell Kamp has yet to attract the kind of attention that would ensure greater acclaim. However, while Kamp may be content to share his work with a limited few, his new outing, "Night Owl," demonstrates the injustice that often accompanies a lack of wider recognition. »»»
Get Back to the Land
Ted Russell Kamp is known primarily as the bass player for Shooter Jennings, but his latest solo release reveals his versatility as a singer/songwriter. Kamp wrote or co-wrote all 13 tracks, which display a mix of country, rock and soul.
The opening California Wildflower has a Tom Petty feel to it with a touch of The Byrds, while If I Had A Dollar is reminiscent of Gram Parsons with Nicole Gordon providing the Emmylou Harris style harmonies. The strongest country track is the effective ballad »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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