Kenny Cambre

Kenny Cambre


These brief descriptions literally cause me much anxiety. Someone told me I sounded like Ralph Stanley mixed with the Counting Crows but that I had better lyrics. That was, I thought, an optimistic slant but I'll take it. My band is very good - I will admit to this.


I named my album "The Guy You Cheer For." This is a reference to the guy in the movies who doesn't get the girl or the job and who gets shat on by the ultra-sure of himself types (you get it). I found my outlet for all this wordly frustration in songwriting so there you go. You may think I am a very strange sad guy by this description but let me say that I am actually strangely upbeat have learned to see life as something not to take so seriously. The reason I tell you this hub-bub is that it describes my approach to songwriting and many have told me that my strongest attributes are the words in my songs. I have, over the last 8 or so years, chosen a life pretty solitary (including 4 years as a park ranger in Utah and 2 as an organic farmer in Mississippi) and this has left me with much time to sit and sing and write and think about everything. There is a lot more to tell you if I ever get to meet any of you who are reading this.
As far as influences, I started on Uncle Tupelo and road the Americana wave to Lucinda, Patti Griffin, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle - all these really good songwriters. I listen to Sam Cooke alot and like to sing in B flat and that's Sam's key (though I wouldn't put myself in his company at all). I grew up in New Orleans and I'm sure the music and the 12 years of Catholic Scholl affected me in some wierd ways too.
One more thing - I am sure of nothing except that my band is very very good and there could be something that we have together. You be the judge.


I have only 1 LP, released in 2006 titled, "The Guy You Cheer For." The track, "Just Fat Guys," has gotten some airplay on stations which received Oasis' Roots Rock Sampler last year.

Set List

I'm in New York City now and the typical set is 45 minutes. I like to play 2 or 3 by myself, 8 or so w/ band and close with myself (w/ acoustic) and a dobro player. I'll get guests to play on 1 track (like a banjo or accordian) and I play harmonica. I typically play 2 covers per set (maybe a Sam Cooke song and a Jimi Hendrix or Joni Mitchell or Iris Dement song). A setlist might look like this:
Curly Fries
Good Chemicals
Axis: Bold As Love
Sparked A Memory
Small Potatoes
Crazy Friends' Song
Manny Mo
Having A Party
Just Fat Guys
Singing Lessons