Ted Russell Kamp - Get Back to the Land
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Get Back to the Land (Self-released, 2011)

Ted Russell Kamp

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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 Half Hearted, co-written with Trent Summar.

Several tunes have a southern soul influence including the title track, which features a soulful organ solo followed by a country rock guitar solo, as well as the ballads (Down At The) 7th Heaven and Georgia Blue , the funky Aces and Eights and the bluesy Don't Look Down .

Amongst the highlights are the edgy blues rock of Time Is A Joker ("Each line and each wrinkle that grows on my face/ Is proof that a man can survive in this place") and God's Little Acre ("I know I ain't no rich man who travels round the world/ And I know I ain't no hero or the guy that gets the girl"), as well as the ballad Bottles On The Table ("The bottle's half empty/ When it hits the floor/ I'm just as broken/ You're still wanting more").

With strong compositions and stellar performances, this self-produced effort reveals Kamp can hold his own as the front man.

CDs by Ted Russell Kamp

California Son, 2024 Down in the Den, 2020 Walkin' Shoes, 2019 Flying Solo, 2016 Night Owl, 2013 Get Back to the Land, 2011 Divisadero, 2007

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