Jim Camacho

Jim Camacho

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Part Tom Petty, part Jack White, singer-songwriter Jim Camacho and his band have fused the classic pop ideals of The Beatles with a blend of influences ranging from Leonard Cohen to The Clash.

Biography

For singer/songwriter Jim Camacho, 2005 promises to be a banner year. The recent recipient of numerous awards, including New Times best songwriter award, Camacho has several musical surprises for his fans: the release of two new albums, an extended tour and the realization of seeing his self-composed Broadway-style Rock Opera hit the boards.

Jim’s musical career began at the age of five when he joined forces with his brother John in a group dubbed The Sunny Rainbow. The siblings later regrouped as teenagers, forming the modestly-dubbed John & Jim Camacho and Their Band of Local Heroes. Later, with Jim on bass and John on piano, they formed The Goods alongside guitarist Tony Oms and drummer Kasmir Kujawa in 1989. The Goods were one of the few bands to rise out of the Miami local scene into the major leagues.

With a pair of EPs and a penchant for self-promotion, The Goods’ following was secured from the start. After 1992’s 5 Steps To Getting Signed, the Goods released two of the most melodically endowed albums ever to bear the made-in-South Florida imprint, Mint (1995) and their major label debut for Mercury Records, Good Things Are Coming (1998), the latter produced by Tom Dowd, the legendary producer who helmed efforts by
Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Cream and Lynyrd Skynyrd. (Highlights of Goods/Dowd sessions are now documented as part of the Tom Dowd & The Language of Music DVD, released by Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures in 2004 recently nominated for a 2005 Grammy®. )

“It was a great opportunity,” Camacho says in retrospect. “And working with Tom Dowd was one of the greatest thrills of my career.” The Goods broke up in 1999.

Endings can lead to new beginnings and in this case it led Camacho to embark on what’s been a highly productive solo sojourn.

Since going solo, his output has been remarkably prolific. It began with an EP, Trouble Doll in 2001 and an album Hey Hey* two years later ; both recorded by long time friend and former Goods’ producer, Pascal Jacquelin, the latter co-produced by Jeremy DuBois. Camacho brought an emotional resilience to his work, a blend of anguish, aptitude and sheer irresistible melody that turns each offering into a series of searing, gut-wrenching confessionals.

Recently, Camacho has accelerated his output by releasing two new albums practically at the same time; the first, released this past October, is an all-acoustic affair cryptically dubbed Stalker Songs. Produced by Miami mainstay, and national musical impresario Rat Bastard, it features Camacho alone and unaccompanied, fleshing out the songs himself on guitar and piano. That was followed in rapid succession by a full band affair, Beachfront Defeat; another Pascal Jacquelin production, a hook-filled, exuberant rock ‘n’ roll exhilaration.

Then there’s the Rock Opera Camacho has been nurturing on and off for the past five years, Fools’ Paradise, a tale about a love triangle in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War. Camacho, a trained actor, recently recorded the production live in preparation for an upcoming release, setting new attendance records for Churchill’s Hideaway in the process.

As if that flurry of activity wasn’t enough, Camacho is taking his show on the road playing solo shows in cities throughout the east coast. “I’ll get in the van and go,” Camacho promises. “I want people to hear the record.”

Lyrics

THE TRAIN

Written By: Jim Camacho

the train that takes the pain away
the train that takes your pain away
all your eyes can do is drive me
a face from an old photograph

some things never change
the sound of the train
and the longing to disappear
to wherever she may go
i wanna know
the way

the train that took my grandfather
everyday he worked the line
and when i hear that whistle blowing
takes me back another time

some things never change
the sound of the train
and the longing to disappear
to wherever she may go
i wanna know
the way

train disappear
pain disappear
train calm my fear
take me far away from here
wherever she may go, i wanna know the way

train take the pain away
a feeling of home to last all my days
carve your way through this mountain side
grandfather & i on your back we’ll take a ride

train disappear
pain disappear
train calm my fear
take me far away from here
wherever she may go, i wanna know the way

PRICE YOU PAY

Written By: Jim Camacho

price you pay

what a child, what a child
suitcase packed i’m by the fire
looking at you sleep i’m ready to leave

what a day, what a day
with my mind made up this way
time to fly time to leave you behind

so if i let you go and float away like a balloon
into outer space or up to the moon

they say it’s the loneliest place you’ll ever know
well that’s the price you pay for letting go

what a child, what a child
leave the one who saved your life
when i felt i had nothing left to breathe for

now i want more what a waste
all you built you’ll throw away
but i can’t find a way to feel

so if i let you go and float away like a balloon
into outer space or up to the moon

they say it’s the loneliest place you’ll ever know
well that’s the price you pay for letting go

so God life me up
give me hope
fill my soul
in this time
when i’m dying for love
your love will come and rescue me
your love will come and rescue me

what a child, what a child
suitcase packed i’m by the fire
i’m going out to find
my soul before i’m old and dying

so if i let you go and float away like a balloon
into outer space or up to the moon

they say it’s the loneliest place you’ll ever know
well that’s the price you pay for letting go
yeah that’s the price you pay for letting go


OPHELIA

Written By: Jim Camacho

ophelia lies waiting
under a tree
dreams of a future
she will not see
beauty in true form
love and faith
the old man told her
be true with your days
distractions don’t enter
she dreams of a place
where they focus on love
even time
can’t erase

look at ophelia
lying under a tree
waiting for love
waiting to see
promises fulfilled
with the luck of a child
early life filled with passion
and with years it turns mild

young foolish love
follow your dream
let it leave you to ruin
let it dig up
your grave

a first love unanswered
can never be healed
the scars turn to wrinkles
as faith starts to yield
you knows that today is the closest you’ll come
to attaining this love that we all dream of
and better than wasting away
with the rest of her days
she finds solace in ending
in a passionate way

young foolish love
don’t lose your faith
your numb trusting smile
and your childlike grace
tell me your secret
i’ll dig up your space

look at ophelia lying down in the stream
honest and innocent
lost in a dream
look at ophelia
dying to know
what love might’ve been
and where two souls can go
goodbye ophelia
my darling child
i do understand
somewhere in my mind
rest dear ophelia
and let it be shown
how a love pure as yours
will never be known
never be known

HEY HEY*

Written By: Jim & John Camacho

Why’d i go
‘cause you were there
any port in a storm
as big as life
as clear as vodka
and innocent as a pimp

hey hey – it’s you
i don’t need anyone like you
listen up – it’s true
there’s somethin’ coming for you
i don’t – need you
i don’t need anyone like you

who’s been watching my tv
who’s been coming home to me
who’s been sleepin’ in my bed
who’s been putting ideas in my head

hey hey – it’s you
i don’t need anyone like you
listen up – it’s true
there’s somethin’ coming for you
i don’t – need you
i don’t need anyone like you

solo

hey hey – it’s you
i don’t need anyone like you
listen up – it’s true
there’s somethin’ coming for you
i don’t – need you
i don’t need anyone like you

Discography

2001 EP 'Trouble Doll'
2003 LP 'Hey Hey*'
2004 LP 'Stalker Songs'
2005 LP 'Beachfront Defeat'
2005 LP 'Fools' Paradise' (Rock Opera)

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Set List

Lucky Girl
Ophelia
Long ago
Hey Hey*
Pretty
Disregard
Who Knows
Fall Down
Houdini
Nothing Is Impossible
Urgent
Take Me 2 Believing
The Optimist
Holiday
Debutante
Found It
I Wanna Say
Don't Talk
Love is the way to be free

All You Need Is Love
Price You Pay