Ben Cameron

Ben Cameron

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

The juncture where Folk Rock meets Yacht Rock. Could be considered "extreme-folk" - a place where everything grooves, whether evoking Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, or even Peter Gabriel.

Biography

Fresh a stacked summer of touring and writing and writing and touring, 2014 marked Cameron's first marquee festival appearance with a Sunday set at The Governor's Ball in New York City.

Somewhere among the crisp, harmony laden breezes that whip through Laurel Canyon, the smooth, confessional frequencies of vintage AM radio, and the spiked punch-bowls of a high school prom circa 1986, there
you'll find Ben Cameron's joyful, extreme folk music. 

Says the Nashville-based Cameron, "I'd finally accepted that everyone else's guilty pleasure was what I actually preferred to listen to. So that's the kind of music I make." 

Without affectation or irony, Cameron's lyrical songs mark the juncture where Yacht Rock meets Folk Rock - a unique place where it feels unabashedly good to stick your hand out the car window and sing along.

Having already collaborated with Nashville luminaries Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks, Sheryl Crow) and Eric Masse (Charlie Worsham, Mikky Ekko), Cameron has teamed up with producer Joe Pisapia (kd lang, Ben Folds) on a new EP set for a spring 2015 release.

Lyrics

Rita

Written By: Ben Cameron

When first I caught you Rita, I didn’t know too much.
All the boys on the concrete was talking about your chocolate touch.
But guess what, now I’ve seen ya, I finally got my nerve.
So come on, school me, Rita, check out my learning curve.

I wanna wear my sneakers out with you baby.
Wanna hide under the bleachers and shout with you honey.
Come on Groove on it, break with it Do what it takes to get
. Move on it, shake with it. Do what it takes to get.
Out of your momma’s house tonight.

Aww, why you gotta play it so cool, lo se quiera, for goodness sake.
When all I want is a two step jiggie and a ciggie on your fire escape.
But while you’re walking the skids with all the cool kids
I’m sitting at home, dog with a bone
Just wishin how maybe I could steal some time with you alone.

I wanna wear my sneakers out with you baby.
Wanna hide under the bleachers and shout with you honey.
Groove on it, break with it. Do what it takes to get.
Come on Move on it, shake with it. Do what it takes to get
Out of your momma’s house tonight.

We could be ookie cookies and cream, and I wouldn’t brag
Bout how we’d like to play birds and bees inside a sleeping bag.
Now I know that I’m still, for the most part Rita, unrehearsed… safety first.
But I’m thinking you got the right voodoo that can break this curse.

Just let me wear my sneakers out with you baby.
Let me hide under the bleachers and shout with you honey.
Groove on it, break with it. Do what it takes to get.
Move on it, shake with it. Do what it takes to get
(breakdown) Groove on it, break with it. Do what it takes to get.
Move on it, shake with it. Do what it takes to get
(Back up) Groove on it, break with it. Do what it takes to get.
Come on Move on it, shake with it. Do what it takes to get
Groove on it with it, break with it TELL ME HOW 'MY GONNA GETCHU OUTTA MAMA'S HOUSE TONIGHT. .

I Think I Know I Love You

Written By: Ben Cameron

You were a broken, blue-sky grounded morning
When I found you, guess I was too.
We lived blindly to love’s destructive ways.
Then crazy you went out and got it together
While I stayed in the weather.
But now I’m better,
So roll with me baby, and bring me through the haze.

Cause I can’t take this any longer
But I don’t claim to know the way
Look I was lost and I was down
And I don’t know if I’m found
But I think I know I love you and that’s okay

Hell, I ain’t looking for no fall revival.
Just a hand to hold and some road to handle.
Maybe take a little sun out in California.
Could you support the notion of my survival?
And if I find it on a New England barstool
Let the cup run empty and sing with me all night.

Cause I can’t take this any longer
But I don’t claim to know the way
Look I was lost and I was down
And I don’t know if I’m found
But I think I know I love you and that’s okay

So if you want it then take it, my heart out in the open.
We’ll make breakfast every morning
Make love without warning.
Then fall into bed knowin’ it wasn’t just a dream
But what would they look like –our not so picket fences?
Those domestic trenches,
Hello I’m gone again,
Would you have a little faith that I could give you what you need?

Cause I can’t take this any longer
But I don’t claim to know the way
Look I was lost and I was down
And I don’t know if I’m found
But I think I know I love you and that’s okay
Yeah, I was lost and I was down,
And maybe never will be found,
Cause I think I know I love you and that’s okay.
Hell I think I know I love you,
God I think I know I love you
Yeah I think I know I love you and that’s okay.