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Shawn Camp - Fireball


Shawn Camp

Skeeterbit Records - 5917132

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This newest disc by Shawn Camp lives up to its incendiary title both in feel and intent. He is an artist that displays his country, particularly the bluegrass side, roots with the twang in his voice and the instrumentation he uses for his songs. Also the content of his songs displays that occupation with sin, heartache or love gone crazy idea that is so prevalent in country music today. The way he arranges his songs and his guitar display a deep leaning towards the early rockabilly roots of Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. He grew up surrounded by music in Arkansas, and was soon playing in all manner of country bands. He caught some attention and established himself as a sideman, first on the fiddle and later on both the acoustic and electric guitar. One step follows another and he started writing songs, some of which became number one hits for the likes of Garth Brooks and Brooks & Dunn. Eventually his playing caught enough attention and Reprise signed him to record back in 1993. This disc is a long way down the road of his initial release and because it is on his own label he has the freedom he wanted/needed to make it his way.

The title track opens the disc on a hard rocking note and the music doesn't back off one little bit from this high energy level. The songs (all of which he co-wrote) in one way or another are a reflection of all of his background; his voice has that nasal quality that is associated with bluegrass, and there is good use of fiddle and pedal steel guitar, and yet the power is definitely rocking and very high energy. The band holds together well with him and gives him the room to stretch out. This disc shows so much more of this up and coming artist than earlier releases. It might establish a strong place on the ladder for this artist that knows no boundaries.

Track List:

  • Fireball
  • Tulsa Sounds Like Trouble to Me
  • Love Crazy
  • The Way It Is
  • Fallin' For You
  • Waitin' For the Day to Break
  • Hotwired
  • Beagle Hound
  • Would You Like to Go With Me
  • Love Ain't Leavin'
  • Nothin' To Do With You
  • Just As Dead Today
  • Drank

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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