Ted Russell Kamp
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Ted Russell Kamp

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
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"Indie Artist Feature"

On his new "Poor Man's Paradise," Kamp brings everything together - the experiences, the travels, the influences, the record collection - for an album that takes pride in blending and blurring styles ... Top-notch singer/songwriter skills catches up with roots music as it wanders from the West Coast to Memphis and New Orleans and Nashville.
- Rick Cornell (this article and full interview can be seen at countrystandardtime.com
- Country Standard Time


"Rock n Reel magazine UK 5/09"

Ted Russell Kamp is a man with a pedigree - singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, session player, and producer, as well as a member of Shooter Jennings band, the 357's. And he still found time to craft his second solo album, Poor Man's Paradise, a satisfying gumbo of country, southern-fried rock and soul. - Rock and Reel Magazine (Now R2)


"Lonestar Music Magazine, April 2009"

Poor Man’s Paradise ... is as real as any album gets. Ted Russell Kamp has already proven himself as a songwriter and performer and, honestly, doesn’t need this review to validate his abilities in any of these areas. The overall feel of this album harkens to a time gone by, back when albums didn’t need more shine than song. The recording style seems reminiscent of Willie Nelson’s “Teatro.” Raw. Live. Real. Go buy the CD and listen to every track until it won’t play anymore. Then buy another copy and repeat the process. Take special note of the title track, “Ballad of that Guy,” “Dixie” and “Let the Rain Fall Down.” Stay to the end, because my favorite track is “Player Piano,” a song that is a reminder of how people still found time for fun and music during the Great Depression. We might should all take notes. Bottom line: “Poor Man’s Paradise” is your gateway to a style of songwriting and performing that is honest, raw and, frankly, much needed in this music scene.
- Lonestar Music Magazine


"Today's Country Magazine"

When you really strip things down to the bare basics of what makes music good it essentially will always lead you to a good song. A good song is what makes music likeable on different levels. For some it is the lyrics, for others the music around them, and for Ted Russell Kamp it is obviously the perfect combination of both as he shows on his latest album Poor Man’s Paradise.
As the longtime bassist for Shooter Jennings, Kamp is no stranger to good music and he has really gone above and beyond any expectations you may have for this album. From the opening songs “Just A Yesterday Away” and “Just Go South,” his groovy, roots based, country rock is going to capture your attention and pull you into the album. Once captured and diving into the album he shows a whole lot of sides to his music but always seems to maintain the sound that lets you know it is him when you hear it. “Long Distance Man” and “Never Gonna Do You Wrong” will have you bouncing along with the rock infused country blend. But as good as those cuts are it is the softer tracks that really allow Kamp to show listeners what a good song is all about. Midway through the album may be the sleeper hit of it. “Let Love Do The Rest,” sees him singing a lyric that acts like a letter to a lost friend that needs a little bit of guidance in their life.
Throughout the album Kamp will touch on your every emotion, while delivering a rocking beat that has you moving or by simply letting his lyrics and raspy voice lead the way. Call it what you want to. Americana, roots rock, folk country, or just simply call it good songs that make up a good album.
- David Pierce - Today's Country Magazine


"Review of Divisidero from No Depression Magazine, March '07"

Ted Russell Kamp, whose main gig is as Shooter Jennings' bassist, stocks this solo outing with songs about heartbreaking, heartaching and life in a "three-ring country music caravan." The album kicks off with the terrific "Swinging Doors", a Nick Lowe-like poison pen letter to an ex-girlfriend. He plays the repentant bad boy on the southern-rock ballad "The Last Time I Let You Down", while exposing his lonely, lovelorn side in the honky-tonkin' "Broke And Still Breaking" and the tender Jessi Colter duet "Looking For Someone". You can feel the weary road life of "mile markers and meet-and-greets" in the expertly detailed "Another One Night Stand" and "The Road Keeps Getting Longer". On the funky Delbert McClinton-style tune "Better Before You Were Big Time", he teams up with Shooter to delightfully skewer egotistical performers. With this impressive record, Kamp might be spending more time in the spotlight than in the shadows.
-- MICHAEL BERICK - No Depression


Discography

Get Back To The Land
(Dualtone Records) - Available May 24, 2011

Poor Man's Paradise (2008)

Divisadero (2007)

Nashville Fineline (2006)

Northsouth (2005)

The Ponticello Years (2002)

Dedications (1996)

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A workingman's musician with a thorough grasp of his craft, Ted Russell Kamp, comes into his own as a solo artist and songwriter of note with his new CD Get Back To The Land. It is the follow up to 2007's widely praised Divisadero, which was named one of the Top 40 Americana CDs of 2007 and which No Depression called "terrific" and 2008's Poor Man's Paradise, which was named one of the Top 100 Americana CDs of the year.

Get back To The Land, (1/25/11 Europe release date, 5/24 USA release date) is a juicy gumbo of country, Southern-fried rock and soul in the style of Kamp's lifelong inspirations J.J. Cale, The Band, and Kris Kristofferson. Kamp wrote or co-wrote all 13 songs, with a storyteller's flair for offbeat characters, interesting turns of phrase and a sense of realism that is grounded in a familiar honesty and soulfulness.

Aside from making his own music, Ted has also been the longtime bassist for Shooter Jennings, writing many of the songs for Shooter including 'Steady At The Wheel' which went #1 in Texas for 8 weeks.