“Hold On” from Flying Solo by Ted Russell Kamp
Today we are bringing you a premiere from Singer-Songwriter , Ted Russell Kamp. This song “Hold On” conjures up images of driving down that dusty American roadway , singing songs about life , hopes and dreams and full of possibilities.Bringing echos of Van Morrison/The Band/ Dylan all wrapped up in a new-voice for a new time. Give a listen and check out the rest of this excellent album.
The songs on Flying Solo are about love and wisdom, struggle and growth. The music is as honest as it gets. Some of the songs were co-written with friends at home at home in the L.A. country-rock scene (Kirsten Profit of Calico, David Serby), in Austin (Tony Scalzo of Fastball, Gordy Quist of The Band of Heathens) and in in Nashville (Chris Tompkins). One song, recorded live in Finland, is a solo mandolin and vocal version of “Steady At The Wheel” which Kamp wrote for Shooter Jennings and was #1 on Texas radio for 6 weeks.
Ted’s last 4 records made the Americana Chart’s Top 100 Records of the Year and Get Back To The Land (2011) debuted at #1 on the Euro-Americana Chart. Flying Solo is the record fans have been asking Ted to make for years as it captures the essence of Ted’s live show when he tours solo through Europe and the US. Just a man and his songs with a suitcase and a guitar.
from Ted Russell Kamp.com
Flying Solo is the acoustic record many fans have been wanting Ted to make for years – a songwriter record of mainly acoustic guitar and singing. What you get is the song and the singer with no filler and no smoke and mirrors. The tracks are either entirely live or with a few simple overdubs.
3 songs were recorded live on the air at radio shows around the USA.
3 were from a live solo show in Helsinki, Finland (two of the 3 are solo mandolin and vocals).
The other six were recorded at Ted’s home studio in L.A.,The Den.
The 6 recorded at various shows and radio stations are all older songs that are favorites in Ted’s live show. The 6 recorded at home are all brand new songs that have not been on any previous records of Ted’s.
The album is mostly acoustic solo performances, raw and bare bones, and many of the songs are in the classic singer/songwriter style of Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams and some of Ted’s other favorite songwriters.
A handful of the songs Ted wrote on his own at home or while on the road, the others were co-written with musician friends in the L.A. country-rock scene (Kirsten Proffit of Calico, David Serby, Bobby Joyner, Nicole Gordon), in Austin (Tony Scalzo of Fastball, Gordy Quist of the Band of Heathens) or in and around Nashville (Chris Tompkins, Wayne Buckner).
One of the live-in-Finland songs is a solo mandolin and vocal version of the song “Steady At The Wheel” which Ted wrote back when he was playing with Shooter Jennings. It was the #1 song on TX radio for 6 weeks.
All of Ted’s records have tended to be full band recordings with a few acoustic or mellower tracks here and there. This is finally the solo acoustic which most accurately represents Ted’s live show when he tours solo through Europe and the US with just a suitcase and guitar. Personal, gritty and honest as it gets.
All songs are written or co-written by Ted. Co-writers are Kirsten Proffit (Track 1), Wayne Buckner (Track 2), David Serby (Track 3), Gordy Quist (Track 5), Bobby Joyner (Track 6), Nicole Gordon (Track 7), Tony Scalzo (Track 9), and Chris Tompkins (Track 12).
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Ted just completed a 17 date tour of Texas and is getting ready to hit Europe for 17 dates in April and Early May.