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Bobby Cameron

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Bobby Cameron
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Bobby Cameron is a riveting live performer in tandem with his powerful, original music. From acoustic to electric, from a whisper to a scream, the guitar in the hands of Bobby Cameron can evoke the full range of human emotions in a listener. He combines breath-taking technical virtuosity with emotional directness and honesty. Bobby stands alone playing and singing his songs with the consuming passion of someone burning to be heard.

Bobbys playing is anchored in the Celtic soulfulness of his Cape Breton, NS, upbringing and takes full flight into the heartlands of Roots, Folk, and Blues-Rock. The sum of his many influences is music with a unique twist and style.

BMG Canada Inc. awarded Bobby with his platinum sales award for placing "October Skies", written by Bobby, Luke McMaster, and Jenna Gawne, on Ryan Malcolm's Platinum selling " Home " CD.

Bobby recorded his third and latest album, Emotional Drift, in Nashville from October to December of 2002. An inspired collection of original Blues, Roots, and Folk numbers, the album was recorded live off the floor with very little overdubbing. It was produced by the legendary Miles Wilkinson. These Nashville sessions include Coffee Cup, Fighter Who Believes, Emotional Drift, What Are We Here For, No Regrets, Everyday and Night, The One, and Angel, and this collection of eight songs will likely be considered Bobbys best effort to date.

Bobby recently inked a deal with Carlin America Inc., a publishing company based in NYC, founded by the legendary Freddy Beinstock. Freddy might best be known for his work as the former Chairman of Chapel & Co., where he was responsible for choosing the hit songs which contributed to the success of such notable artists as Elvis Presley.

Recently, Bobby had the rare opportunity to tour with the venerated blues icon Long John Baldry. He was Baldrys special guest and guitar slinger for 10 sold-out shows across Canada and the United States. One of the high points of that tour was an explosive performance at the renowned Ottawa Blues Festival, to a captivated audience of 10,000 enthusiastic fans. Sharing the bill that day were Steve Earl and J.J. Cale.

Bobby has appeared and performed onstage with many of North Americas biggest acts, including Chris De Burg, Robert Cray, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Jeff Healey, Colin James, Lee Roy Parnell, Burton Cummings, Big Sugar, Loverboy, April Wine, and The Kentucky Headhunters, to name but a few. During one of his sets in an Edmonton club, he was joined onstage for an impromptu accompaniment by keyboardist Chuck Leavell, bassist Darrel Jones, and vocalist Bernard Fowler, just off their day job gig performing with The Rolling Stones. For those who know of his music and his inspirational performing skills, Bobby is widely considered a musicians musician.

Other notable Bobby Cameron appearances and accomplishments include: Much Music crowned Bobby as Canadas National Guitar Wars Winner. Among the 1,000 entries from coast to coast, Bobby was labelled Canadas Best Unsigned Guitar Player.

The Alberta Recording Industry Association (ARIA) nominated Bobby in seven categories and awarded him the title Best Rock Artist on Record, two years in a row. ARIA also presented him with Socans Songwriter of the Year award for his hit single Human Fortress.

In addition to these awards and nominations, Bobby has released, to national radio, four singles off his last two CDs. Two of these tracks made it to the Canadian Adult Contemporary Charts (Human Fortress made it to #46 and If I Wait There for You reached # 62), and his song The Other Side entered the Canadian AC Future Adds at #5. These three tracks were off his first, self-titled Indy release. The other single Release Me, off his second album Drowning on Dry Land, reached #1 on the Canadian AC Future Adds. All these chart numbers were taken from The Record. At one point, Bobby was the only Indy act to appear on the AC chart, and he was receiving more airplay than much more established artists such as Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Billy Joel, and The Wallflowers.

As well as releasing singles, producing videos, recording CDs, co-writing with other talented songwriters, and performing with other famous artists, Bobby continues to tour tirelessly , expanding the legion of devoted believers in his unusual talent and inspirational energy. His magnetic live act has, time and again, won him the invitation to perform during Canadian Music Week, Music West, The East Coast Music Awards, North by North East, Juno Awards and an ever-growing list of other music festivals and events. He continues to develop his gift for music, and there is no doubt that we will be seeing and hearing more great things from this inspired artist in the near future.

The word is out: Canadas best kept secret is now ready to take his music to the world.

Bobby Camerons Future is Now!


"Fighter Who Believes" » Blues 2 Comments - Rate it! - Add to favorites!
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When it came to the blues, Stevie Ray Vaughn influenced me the most. His heavy rhythms and big grooves reeled me in. When I wrote blues tunes, they always seemed to have a hint of pop, more so in the chorus. I also wondered why blues music couldn't lean on a chorus big enough to hang you hat on without taking it out of its element.

This song speaks about how drugs and other addictions have taken down so many great people. The song calls on a faith thats strong enough to keep our lives on the rails. I had SRV in mind when I wrote this. Such a major tragedy. Stevie Ray finally frees himself from drugs and alcohol, to be so quickly taken from us by a tragic accident.
   

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I really like the lap steel solo by Dan Dugmore in this song. Gives it a real roots flavor even though the chorus leans towards pop. I always seem to blend the musical enfluences I had growing up into my songs. Many times I will write a song that that has strong connections to blues, roots , folk and pop.    

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This song started out as just an acoustic number with harmonica. It seemed to breathe easily in this format. We decided to track it with the band to see what kind life it would have. We jammed this song full out and it is live off the floor. Much like it would be on a live show. The lyrics speak of reflecting on our own individual purpose in life while shinning some light on the loneliness and struggle souls go through.