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TED RUSSELL KAMP —FLYING SOLO (Pomo Records)

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LA-based, singer-songwriter, bassist and recording act, Ted Russell Kamp, plus producer, sideman and session musician covers a good many areas on Flying Solo, and might I add with distinction. According to his fans this is the album they had been looking for; an acoustic based recording by Kamp. Which I fully agree on. 

 

Kamp’s excellence on bass guitar is underlined on the album, likewise his ability as a vocalist, Dobro, mandolin and acoustic guitar player. Joined by Calico The Band member, Kirsten Proffit harmonies (and rhythm guitar) on the standout, opening track “Life On The River”. A co-write by them it conjures a rich Southern feel. So beautiful the harmonies and simplicity of the production the listener can’t help but fall in love with the song, and by drop easily into the same groove as Kamp's music.   

 

Plus you have Bliss Brown’s harmonies on “When She Flies” and Tommi Viksten electric guitar on “If I Had A Dollar” (a good job he does too!). Otherwise it is all Kamp as he well and truly flies solo. One of the most creative tunes is the aptly entitled “Old Folk’s Blues”.  

 

Split into two. Six tracks were recorded at Kamp’s own studio, The Den (LA) and the others, a mixture of live recordings, radio (KBT’s Roots & Branches, New Braunfels, TX in 2013) the torn and battered “Poor Man’s Paradise” and wistful love ballad “Let Love Do the Rest” on Knoxville’s WDVX’s Blue Plate Special. He also features a songwriting demo for Cal 1V Publishing, ‘Lookin’ For Someone”. Kamp’s songwriting is impressive throughout and with Bowen’s assistance “When She Flies” contains all the essential ingredients, and with him stronger, vocally arguably as at any other time “Lookin’ For Someone” reaches deep into one’s mind. Penultimate track “Steady At The Wheel” (warmed in mandolin) one of three live recordings from 2011 (Helsinki) produces hints of r&b as Kamp combines grit and drive to aid his story ballad lyrics.

 

                                                                     Maurice Hope           

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