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Cam, Nashville top releases

Friday, December 11, 2015 – Camaron Ochs, better known as Cam, releases her debut disc hot on the heels of the success of her ballad hit single "Burning House." The California veers towards the pop side with a voice somewhat reminiscent of Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry. Cam, a California native who got into country on her grandparents' ranch, hand a hand in writing the 11 songs.

The "Nashville" TV juggernaut continues with "Season 4 Volume 1" out today. The disc features 17 songs, including Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler singing "Crazy" with Hayden Pantierre. Charlie Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and the Stella Sisters are among those lending their voices.

Chris Carmack, who is part of the "Nashville" crew, is out with his own release as well. "Pieces of You" is a five-song EP. Carmack is considered a jazzier John Mayer with some touches of Americana and country.

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Untamed CD review - Untamed
Cam (Camaron Ochs) is another one of those artists only tangentially country. In the leadoff title track, you can hear banjo and twang in her voice (especially when she rhymes "wire" and "fire"), although the latter doesn't automatically stamp you with country bona fides. And this disc won't dispel the idea that Cam is more of an artist who has found her commercial marketplace in country, even if her songs more often tend to skirt country. After all, she did place »»»
Welcome to Cam Country EP CD review - Welcome to Cam Country EP
Following the legacy of other notable songwriters that have gone before her, Cam is stepping out from behind the shadows of the curtain where she's penned songs for artists like Miley Cyrus and Maggie Rose and is taking on the spotlight herself with her debut EP, "Welcome to Cam Country." And it's that fusion of pop sentiment, Southern California charm and real country sensibility that makes up the whole of the budding artist's sound. "My Mistake" leads things »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: LSD tour provides a lot of highs – This was not your grandkids' country, that's for sure. Even the name of the tour - the LSD Tour - was a throwback (albeit far before the principals were making music). But make no mistake about it. With the ever cool country traditionalist Dwight Yoakam, the country with some rock and blues and rabble rousing of Steve Earle thrown in and the... »»»
Concert Review: Alvin, Gilmore fortunately get together – Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore had known each other for decades, but it wasn't until last year that they toured together in a guitar pull setting. What started as a small Texas tour mushroomed into points east and west and eventually the release earlier this month of their blues-based disc, "Downey to Lubbock." And now we have the... »»»
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