Critical Acclaim and Reviews
"If country music was like old school wrestling, then Ted
Russell Kamp would be one of the good guys."
"terrific. Ted is a star on the rise...in the tradition of
great troubadours like Guy Clark... an impressive record".
Songwriters like Ted Russell Kamp ... seem to simply pick
the songs from the sky ... (they) are all that they want
to say, neat, beautiful and without frills. No secrets or
codes - more than the magic of a beautiful language they
create. He moves in the same league as the big names,
Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Kris Kristofferson.
His voice is something out of the ordinary ... world
- Per Wiker
the Laurel Canyon mythos rings true throughout this
Americana set. This is definitely California desert country
with the top down. With his gritty self styled voice. Like
Bob Dylan's Nashville recordings (or the) soulful country
tracks that came out of Muscle Shoals. Ted Russell Kamp pays
tribute to a lot of American music heroes (while) weaving
gravitas throughout this song cycle.
- Dan Harr
If only Nashville was pumping out country songs with that
kind of understated pathos ... another fine set of melodic
country rock tunes on Night Owl. infused with warm soul
... with a grace and plainspoken honesty. Modesty and an
unwillingness to play games likely prevent Kamp from
getting the acclaim he deserves. Don't let the heartfelt,
soulful music suffusing Night Owl pass you by.
- Michael Toland
These songs are gems in the familiar alt. country and
Americana genres in which over the years Ted has become an
absolute master. Striking first rate playing ... on the
epic "Santa Ana Winds", the mysterious "I Been Watching
You" and the touching "My Heart Has A Mind Of It's Own".
Craftsmanship = mastery is an excellent definition of the
- Freddy Celis
wistful, raspy vocal and engaging lyrics. Recommended
- Robert K. Oermann
Kamp ... surprises us again with some beautiful songs in the
alt country and Americana genre. His professionalism and
passion can be found ... soul influences, emotional ballads
and beautiful country.
- Gerrit Vermiej
a great album... the embodiment of country soul and very
a well played, meaty record ... and a train well worth
boarding. Anyone that enjoyed those left of center cats
that went on to grow legends will get this set immediately
and will probably be instrumental in helping Kamp's cult
- Chris Spector
Big Takeover *
One of the best bits about this music critic gig is
watching gifted artists get better and better. Ted Russell
Kamp has long been making good solo records around his gig
as the bassist for Shooter Jennings, with his most recent
LP Poor Man's Paradise being particularly strong. So it's
a pleasure to report that Get Back To the Land may be even
The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist's sixth solo
record essentially works the same groove as his prior
work, with blues, jazz and pop strains laced through a
base of early 70s country rock. The difference is that his
songsmithery is simply tighter and more tuneful than
before, and that's saying something. From the jaunty
barrelhouse of "Aces & Eights," the burning blues of
"Time is a Joker" and the sardonic C&W of the title
track to the sparkling jangle of "California Wildflower,"
the anthemic roots rock of "God's Little Acre" and the
soulful balladry of "(Down at the) 7th Heaven," Kamp
simply knocks one ball after another out of the park.
Clichés become new ideas in Kamp's mind (see the excellent
"Half Hearted" for a perfect example), melodies find a
comforting home in his hands, strings and horns and the
singing couldn't be any more personable and heartfelt.
Saturated in talent and sincerity, Get Back To the Land is
nothing more than good music done right.
- Michael Toland, 4/28/11
"The new album begins on a very strong note with
California Wildflower', a song that Ted Russell Kamp
performed live in Sweden last year. It's a beautiful,
melodic and catchy song. It's followed by another 12
tracks written by Ted himself, or in collaboration with
other musicians. The music has a span of country, southern
rock and soul, which is Ted Russell Kamps hallmark.
Last years 'Poor Man's Paradise' got awarded as 'One Of
The Top 100 Americana CD's Of The Year". And 'Get Back To
The Land' should deifintely end up equally good this year,
because this is a really uplifting album. Lend an ear or
two to the soul-funky 'Aces & Eights', the title-track
'Get Back To The Land', country smash 'If I Had A Dollar'
or any of the other songs on the album, and I think you
will agree with me. Sure, the music is a bit of
'cross-over', but with the right 'feel'.
Ted Russell Kamp is a very talented songwriter and
skilled musician with a unique sound. The more I hear of
his music, the more convinced I am that his name will grow
among the country music audience!"
- Georg Ryttman
Featured track: Aces & Eights from 'Get Back To The
Like many artists, Kamp has a "day gig" that pays the
bills and supports his musical exploration. Unlike many
artists, Kamp's day gig doesn't involve an office but
instead finds him playing bass with Shooter Jennings. Left
to his own devices, however, Kamp is a stand-out
songwriter and musician. His latest release overflows with
confidence and swagger, as the Southern boogie of this
track clearly demonstrates.
- Mayer Danzig, 4/28/11
Old Kentucky Blog
One of the things I'm most looking forward to about SXSW
(besides copious tacos, BBQ and booze) is the chance to
see a number of artists, whose records I really dig, but
for some reason, rarely make it up here onto the tundra.
Ted Russell Kamp is on that list. The long-time Shooter
Jennings' sideman is an accomplished solo artist in his
own right, responsible for a number of Shooter's
most-loved tunes (Steady At The Wheel anyone?) as well as
a handful of stellar rock-leaning country records that
Nashville wouldn't dare sniff.
His latest, Get Back To The Land, is ... his most
diverse to date and boosts a nice list of guest artists,
incluing Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Eric Heywood (Son Volt,
Ray LaMontagne), Tony Gilkyson (Lone Justice, X) and Robby
Turner (Waylon Jennings and the Highwaymen). Sadly, the
record won't hit American shores until May 10th, but
European fans are snapping it up like day-old pastries as
witnessed by his #1 position on the Euro-Americana charts
this past January.
- Richard Luftmensch Morgan
Maverick Magazine (UK)
"Workmanlike fusion of country, rock and soul that grows
and grows and grows and grows on you..."
- Alan Cackett
A great albumTed Russell Kamp, long-time bass player in
Shooter Jennings' band, serves up a loose-jointed,
sunny-dispositioned Southern-rock/country sound with a
down-home, slightly psychedelic feel, super-solid ironic
moustache in tow. Reminds me of the salad days of
seventies album-rock. Back when absolutely everybody on
the southern California scene got to do a solo record or
- Doug Chomanski
Depression - Steady at the Wheel: a
conversation with Ted Russell Kamp
by Remo Ricaldone
Although he is perhaps best known (at least in the
United States) as a bass player and sideman, Ted Russell
Kamp is easily one of the most underrated songwriters in
the music business today, crafting intelligent and
eclectic songs with tons of soul as well as lyrics that
more than hold their own with the best of the California
When I spoke to Ted last Monday, he was spending some
time at home in L.A. after playing three showcases at SXSW
the previous week. He had just wrapped up producing an
album for the band 29 Mules, his latest record Get Back to
the Land had landed at the number one spot on the Euro
Americana chart in January, and he was preparing to set
out on the road again to support the album's American
release in May.
These days, it seems like Ted Russell Kamp is a star on
the rise , both as a performer and a songwriter. But it's
been a long and winding road to get there.
"I started out doing a lot of different stuff," he says
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We already knew him from "Poor Man's Paradise", an
excellent example of a vision of American roots music in
the round, starting from passing through country music and
rock'n'roll, rhythm and blues and everything what has
emerged from the deep South. "Get Back To The Land",
another intriguing mix of influences that have made
musician mature and complete, definitely worth knowing.
From the start, "California Wildflower" is deliciously
radio-friendly with its electric guitars reminiscent of
the finest sounds of the 'Golden State' to the rousing "If
I Had A Dollar" which shows the same power and passion of
the greatest Texas bands, the most delicate and enveloping
"Lonelytown", the solemn and evocative "(Down At The) 7th
Heaven"in which references to the Band's Robbie Robertson
(as in "Aces & Eights" which looks like a new
"Ophelia, a small classic of the band) are clear,
everything is offered with extreme ease and taste, not by
a mere exercise of different styles but 'penetrating' the
true essence of the 'roots'. Continuing through the most
important things we can dwell on the album "Georgia Blue",
a sumptuous ballad between soul and country, "Time Is A
Joker" other (rock) dark and painful ballad whose veins
the spirit of the classics, the title-track "Get Back To
The Land" and the concluding "Half Hearted, beautiful
country song tones lighter and the long " Bottles On The
Table ", a worthy final confirmation of the quality of the
- Remo Ricaldone
With his new album 'Get Back To The Land' L.A.'s
singer-songwriter Ted Russell Kamp is again delivering
extremely professional labour of love, showing his ability
to write and perform songs that are touching you straight
in the middle of your heart. This is once more a 'not to
miss' release by one of the most sympathetic guys ever in
the history of Americana music.
...(Get Back To The Land) opens almost brilliantly -
'California Wildflower' has echoes of the Byrds, Gram,
Ryan Adams and a chorus that blooms like the titular
Shooter Jennings side kick and one man band in his own
right, the torches continue to get passed as
singer/songwriter moves on, the Gurf Morlix vibe moves on
and everything roots etc moves on. New/next generation of
all of the above, this all around cat knows how to deliver
the Americana kick in just the right way. A shining
example of Americana/pop, Kamp is going to be setting the
margins of his own genre in due course with energy like
this still in full force 7 albums out. Well done.
Best of Texas
Kamp's distinctive Cali-country sounds are likely what
makes his presence in Texas so welcome. (He) manages to
push the influences of his life on the road (this guy has
literally seen the world from a tour bus) into his songs,
as he incorporates southern, soulful horns and roadhouse
boogie-woogie vibes into the mix. And hey, if there's
another thing we Texans love, it's Southern soul, right?
- Kelly Dearmore
A cool California country-rock song, Kamp's "California
Wildflower" is from his 2011 album, Get Back To The Land,
which has already debuted at #1 on at least one Americana
music chart...The raw passion of the songwriter is very
hip. Kamp sounds a little Springsteen-ish, the song is
slightly Eagles-ish, and the guitar is a tad
Mellencamp-ish, but it's totally digable. "California
Wildflower" is a freshly picked bloom by Ted Russell Kamp
just in time for Spring 2011.
- Mark Lornier
Kamp has put out thirteen songs that may have
Country-rock roots, but are pushed forward with nice
intensity and conviction...The arrangements and production
are solid with clarity and precision showcasing the guts
of the performances.
Ted Russell Kamp, long-time bass player in Shooter
Jennings' band, serves up a loose-jointed,
sunny-dispositioned Southern-rock/country sound with a
down-home, slightly psychedelic feel.
Music Row 04/10
2007's Divisadero, was a gem, and the follow-up, Poor
Man's Paradise, is even better.
- Robert K. Oermann
A gratifying mix of classic country rock and hard-nosed,
West Coast singer-songwriter styles ... honest-to-goodness
country rock ... and tunes you'll remember. the band play
like they're the best of friends. Take it out for a drive,
or settle down with it for a beer or two - I suspect it'll
be time well spent.
- Rob F
& Acoustic Music Exchange
Ted Russell Kamp mixes up roots, country, and southern
rock to come up with a sound that's immediately radio
friendly, at times anthemic but always hedgerowed with
magnolias, whiskey, lament, and more than a few knowing
and weary smiles. Poor Man's Paradise features an array of
players, but the bottom line-up is a quartet: him on damn
near any instrument he can get his hands on (guitars,
horns, keyboards, percussion), Eric Heywood on pedal
steel, Jason Sutter on drums, and Brian Whelen behind the
keyboards. When it comes to horn sections, Kamp's a
one-man back-up unit in a righteously boozy trumpet and
trombone brass section. In fact, it was Let the Rain Fall
Down that really caught me, a moody retrospective.
In a lot of ways, you might think of Kamp as a Bob Seger
cut with Ronnie Wood, adding a side of Memphis, a touch of
Billy Squier, Steve Gibbons, some Ry Cooder, and a whole
dogwood forest full of hound dogs and armadillos. Long
Distance Man bounces and lopes with the old story of the
rambling loner forever on the move, hunting down lissome
delectables for an evening of sweet diversion before
hitting the road again the next morning. For this and
other down-to-earth virtues, Europe, ever hungry for
quality American refrains, has taken to Kamp with open
arms, and he spent the last part of 2008 there before
hitting the West U.S. again, playing L.A., Luckenback, and
I also find elements of Bobby Whitlock sprinkled
throughout the cuts here, as Whitlock covered a corner of
the country rock genre that few ever managed to emulate.
Most of the Poor Man's Paradise was recorded in Kamp's
living room (!) and this may account for the warmer more
informal sound in any event, it's a good documentation,
well layered, friendly, and loose while spot-on. For my
money, show clowns like Mellencamp the door, usher in Kamp
and his boys, and let's get down to it!
- Mark S. Tucker
The Ripple Effect
Summer Listening Guide Feature
Longtime bass player for Shooter Jennings, Ted Russell
Kamp proves with Poor Man's Paradise that he's a
songwriter of no compromise, great depth and in possession
of a knack for a great line. Recorded on the road, in
buses, hotel rooms, and probably the occasional bus stop,
weigh station, and greasy pit cafe, Ted's wry sense of
humor, keen observations and strong songwriting blend
effortlessly into a highway journey of nomadic Americana
storytelling. Blessed with an ear for a melody, and a
voice that proves he's nobody's sideman, Ted's music is a
spirited, at times somber, blending of The Band melodies,
Leon Russell storytelling, the road dust of Kris
Kristoffersn, and J.J. Cale southern-fried rock and soul.
"Just a Yesterday Away," should be a single tearing up the
charts of alt-country stations across the nation's
mid-section. Immediately, Ted's voice bleeds out full of
emotion and warmth, through a weary tale of love lost with
the remaining flicker of hope. "Just Go South," bounces
down the empty highway with a southern funk flavor over a
jaunty bass and some slick pedal steel guitar. The Band
comes to mind here, as Ted's soulful voice leads us
through this roadtrip anthem and it's twangy guitar
interplay. "Let the Rain Fall Down," tosses in some
mournful trumpet painting this lonely track in somber,
plaintive tones. (Again with the horns. Damn, used right
they can just melt my soul!) "Long Distance Man," is a
double-entendre groovin' trucker of a tune, while "Dixie,"
is a Melencamp-esque look back through life's rearview
mirror, and feature's one of the album's most infectious
choruses. Another gem to add to your backyard BBQ or any
occasion to while away the summer days.
Grab me a lemonade, we got us a beach party to get to.
- Todd Severin (the entire review can be
seen at: ripplemusic.blogspot.com)
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.
Country Standard Time 5/09
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
- Rick Cornell (this article and full
interview can be seen at countrystandardtime.com
Outlaw country star takes aim with his latest solo
Ted Russell Kamp is no stranger to astute No Depression
readers. Although best known for his role as bass player
in outlaw country-rock band Shooter Jennings and the
357's, Ted Russell Kamp has also established himself as a
songwriting and solo artist worthy of note. His previous
effort 2007 album "Divisadero" notched an impressive top
40 Americana music chart appearance and was given well
deserved praise in the March 2007 ND issue by reviewer
Michael Berick. The latest release "Poor Man's Paradise"
from Ted Russell Kamp continues the
dixieland-meets-blues-meets-country musical theme but this
time around adds a much heavier dash of memphis R&B in
the style of '60's Stax Records artists.
Ranging from the mid tempo roadhouse ballad "Just a
Yesterday Away" to the country blues shuffle of "Dixie"
the entire album showcases it's southern fried ingredients
at every turn. Of course, every album generally has it's
standout tracks and for me it's "Old Folks Blues" and
"Never Gonna Do You Wrong" each with the classic Stax
records style horn section enhanced choruses. The final
album track "Player Piano" along with the ballad title
track showcases Ted Russell Kamp's emotion laden keyboard
playing and his gift of painting a picture with his
lyrics. Add a pinch of steel guitar courtesy of former
Waylon Jennings band member Robbie Turner to rev up the
twang factor and you have an album that although mixed
from ingredients not normally combined together ends up
making for a fine stew all the same.
- B. Dutch Seyfarth
Several quality albums into his own recording career,
Kamp's latest disc, Poor Man's Paradise (PoMo Records),
should establish his presence as an artist who just
happens to play bass for Jennings, and not the other way
around, for those who may have still needed that.
As with his previous album, Divisadero, Kamp weaves genres
and styles together as he himself contributes trumpet,
trombone, guitar, mandolin, lap steel and bass to the mix
of his self-penned tunes. The opening track, "Just a
Yesterday Away" is a classic, galloping country tune where
the steel's cries give a sense of urgency to the lyrics of
Certain tracks acts as mood music of the best kind as the
vocal performance and production convey the vibe of the
artist instead of the tone being created by simply slowing
down or speeding up the tempo. "Poor Man's Paradise" makes
excellent use of sparse production, dramatic piano
arrangement and the female vocals that harmonize with
Kamp's emotive performance, bringing to mind the Don
Henley/Trisha Yearwood collaboration on "Walk Away Joe".
"Let Love Do the Rest" also shares the simple and
effective qualities of the title track. Southern sounds
are well represented with "Dixie" and "Just Go South". The
former leans towards the slower, soulful end of the
spectrum as the latter veers towards the raucous,
"boogie-woogie" end of things with its bouncing
saloon-style piano and 70's Country guitar slingin'. Even
"Never Gonna Do You Wrong" joins the action with horns,
perky back-up singers and bombastic Dixieland cheer spread
Poor Man's Paradise succeeds at both dashing expectations,
and solidifying an identity, simultaneously for Kamp. By
drawing from his influences and avoiding the trap of
mimicry while creating an album that is the product of his
singular vision, Kamp has made it impossible for people to
see him as simply a bass player.
- Kelly Dearmore (this review can be seen
in full at: thegobblersknob.com
and on twangville.com
Kamp sings in a voice similar to Rodney Crowell, but the
loose vibe of his music has its roots in the 1970s, the
free-swinging twang of Nashville, the laid-back cool of
California country-rock, and the Southern inflections of
Florida's Criteria Studios and Alabama's Muscle Shoals. He
even adds a one-man horn section of overdubbed trumpet and
trombone on a few tracks.
Kamp writes frequently on matters of the heart, including
departed lovers still too close to be forgotten, couples
staring at one another across a chasm of faith, and the
contentedness of having your soul mate by your side.
In league with his talents as a multi-instrumental, Kamp's
a genre-hopping songwriter, offering up southern rock
("Long Distance Man"), talking blues ("Ballad of That
Guy," with Marvin Etzioni picking mandolin) and blue-eyed
soul ("Never Gonna Do You Wrong"), in addition to
country-rock. ... He's best served by the ballads and
mid-tempo numbers ... nicely crafted and worth a spin.
Tap Root Radio
Ted Russel Kamp's latest CD, Poor Man's Paradise, is
full of twangy hooks and lyrics full of memorable one
liners. His experience as bassist for the Shooter Jennings
Band comes through on this CD with songs that build up
- Calvin Powers
Best Right Now - Rootsy.nu,
Beautiful populism in the lyrics, backing which is pure
in style and convincing singing: which turns into
great, country defined americana. He's the bass player in
Shooter Jenning's band The 357's, but he's also a true
solo artist. I love "Let The Rain Fall Down", reminiscent
of The Band. A very, very good album as a whole and
a big step closer to the big stages!
- Magnus Sundell / Trots Allt Magazine - 3/09 www.rootsy.nu
Tied to the Tracks
Kamp delivers a rich blend of roots, country-rock and
soul that Britain's venerable Maverick magazine calls
'Americana with plenty of heart and guts' in its recent
It is an exemplary follow-up to Kamp's most recent disc,
'Divisadero'(2007) that earned widespread praise across
the board and finished the year in the Top 40 on the
Americana Music Chart. No Depression called it
'Terrific...an impressive record. Like "Divisadero," "Poor
Man's Paradise" continues to showcase Kamp's prolific
songwriting. He wrote or co-wrote all 11 songs, as the
Happy Bookers say, "with a storyteller's flair for offbeat
characters and interesting turns of phrase. The lead
track, the anthemic 'Just a Yesterday Away,' sets the
tone, followed by the Jerry Reed-style 'Just Go South.'
The disc is full of detailed story songs such as the
humorous 'Ballad of That Guy,' the waltzing 'Player Piano'
and the heartbreaking, melodic weeper 'Let Love Do the
- Larry Wines, www.folkworks.org
"Ted takes the Americana genre to the next level adding
elements of country, blue grass, and groove. Truly a great
songwriter with a voice to match! I am proud to keep Ted's
music in regular rotation on my show to introduce as many
people as possible to this one of a kind musician"
- Josh Nutting
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.
Published February 26, 2009
Part of New Indie CDs
Ted Russell Kamp's loose-jointed, sunny-dispositioned
Southern rock/country sound has a down-home, slightly
psychedelic feel. Even a song with a melancholy touch,
like "Let the Rain Fall Down," gets livened up in that
case with perky brass (played by Kamp, a
multi-instrumentalist, and the bass player in Shooter
Jennings' band). Whether it's bright country ("Just a
Yesterday Away"), stripped-down blues reminiscent of J.J.
Cale ("Long Distance Man"), or a rainy-day love ballad
("Let Love Do the Rest"), there's a wink and a smile
behind just about all these songs.
"Side 1" closes with a cheeky folk tale of a ... ladies'
man, "Ballad of That Guy," which epitomizes Kamp's sense
of humor. A general feeling of lightness hovers over most
the album. But there's a good variety of subject matter in
the songwriting, which has matured since his previous
Kamp has a knack for the effortlessly memorable line. "We
had it good/Good as anybody could," he declares in
"Dixie." ... the spacious production ... leaves room for
the feeling in the singing and the lyrics to shine forth.
The epic, Springsteen-esque title track is highly
emotional, and Kamp's delivery here is disarmingly
affecting, but it's a rare break from the disc's overall
high spirits. He even jumps into Sam Cooke/Ray Charles
territory with the bouncy, soul-splattered "Never Gonna Do
Kamp's been around some top musical artists as a session
player and touring musician, and he seems to have picked
up the good stuff without the self-indulgence or
self-importance that affects some in country music. This
batch of songs comes straight from the heart, but without
too much earnestness a fizzy tonic for hard times.
- jonsobel.com, blogcritics.org/archives
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
Ted featured in Bass Player Magazine!
Read on the BassPlayer website.
Review of Divisidero from Folkworld: - one of the most
respected roots music publications in Europe!
Translated from the German. Original here. "The
native New Yorker Ted Russell Kamp has today a domicile in
Los Angeles, however is almost continuously on the road.
Thus his CD was taken up "Divisadero" - some fine work
done also on the road, in hotel rooms, in the living room
to LA or also in the route bus. Kamp is even a talented
multi-instrument musician, beside singing and his main
instrument, bass, also plays guitars - inclusive Lap Steel
guitar - plays Bouzouki, mandoline, accordion, Wurlitzer,
Hammond organ, Perkussion, trumpet and trombone. He worked
with different outstanding musicians together and
individually, in order to give to the 11 self-compositions
the necessary variety. Varied is also the selection of the
songs. It gives quiet Country Ballads, which press on the
tear gland, over slow bluesey Road Songs up to rockin'
Blues pieces, rhythmic Country Songs and jazzey undertone
to everything. My favorite is: A bluesy Country Ballad,
"Gypsy's Tune", with which beside Kamps winsome singing,
particularly stands out with the pedal Steel guitar of
Eric Heywood. The funky Blues slash Road Song "Another One
Night Stand", which is brilliant with the interaction of
Kamp's guitar, piano (Brian Wheelan) and Drums (Mike
Sessa) and the great rhythm. Kamp plays with Shooter
Jennings in his band the 357's and his friend joins for a
song. With the jazzy "Better Before You Were Big time"
unite the singing of the two mad musicians with the sound
of Michael Webb's Hammond organ and Kamps horn. And with
the Road Song "The Road Keeps Getting Longer" produces 357
bandmate Leroy Powell at the Dobro, Kamp at the banjo and
Jennings at the Piano a create a melancholy tendency. Ted
Russell Kamp becomes of North star Entertainment as the
brightest new star of the Americana genre. I think that
this praise is quite earned. Solid music history connects
itself with mad compositions, excellent singing and simple
however perfect arrangements."
- Adolf 'gorhand' Goriup, FolkWorld.eu
Review of Divisidero from No Depression Magazine,
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
"What do you get when you cross a guy who can play any
instrument on any given stage with a prolific songwriter
and throw in a unique voice and a talent for writing a
great hook? Ted Russell Kamp. Never heard of him? Don't
worry, I guarantee you will, and soon."
- Michael Devers, LonestarMusic.com
[ Ted was LoneStarMusic's 'Featured Artist
of the Month' in January '07 ]
Review of Divisidero from MilesofMusic.com -
see: It's a Cracker
Of late, multi-instrumentalist Ted Russell Kamp can be
cited as a workhorse touring member of Shooter Jennings'
band, The 357's. With much if his latest release written -
and even recorded - primarily on the road, Divisadero
guides us through a division of one man's time, mind and
heart; and Kamp comes through with smart lyrics and a
rich, coarse drawl to give it all credibility. Some of his
"classic" minded numbers recall Nick Lowe when he's
wearing his "Cowboy Outfit." Others, including the funky
and smooth duet with Shooter, "Better Before You Were Big
Time", have a decidedly Leon Russell-esque quality about
them. The disc featuring numerous other special guests
from his many Nashville, Los Angeles and "Jennings"
associations including, among others, Eric Heywood
(pedal-steel), Eugene Edwards (guitar), Gina Villalobos
(vocals) and a special vocal appearance by Jessi Colter on
the tender "Looking For Someone".
-- Robinson, Miles Of Music (Poetry Of The Moment)
Music Row Magazine - Americana Album of the Week: 1/9/07
Review of 'Divisadero' - featured song: "Looking
Ted plays bass for Shooter Jennings, but he is adept on
lap steel, bouzouki, accordion, trumpet, Hammond B3,
percussion, guitar and more. His Divisaderso CD also
reveals that he is a striking singer and songwriter. This
track is a heartbreak moaner featuring Jessi Colter on
background vocals. Elsewhere you'll find Shooter guesting
on the snarky putdown "Better Before You Were Big Time".
There are flavors of Memphis, New Orleans, and Muscle
Shoals here. Tracks range from the meditative barroom
lament "The Road Keeps Getting Longer" to the rocking
rave-up "Swinging Doors". Throughout, he is absolutely
-- Robert K. Oermann
Another Review of 'Divisadero' from StarPulse.com
online entertainment magazine.
"With his appealing voice, strong songcraft and sharp
production and arrangement skills, Kamp is clearly ready
to step ... into the spotlight.
- High Bias Magazine 3/07
An Italian Review of 'Divisadero' recently posted on
AmericanWest.it There is no translation, but we figure
most country music fans can read Italian.
If you happen to also read Belgian, you can read the full
reviews of Divisdero and Nashville Fineline here, and
another wonderful Dutch review of NorthSouth here. The
Dutch love Ted, and not just because he wears wooden clogs
Review of Nashville Fine Line from
MilesofMusic.com - see: It's a Cracker
Nashville Fineline offers proof that this has been a very
prolific period for Ted Russell Kamp. And much like
Nashville Fineline's concurrent release, Divisadero, it
was written and recorded on the road - while playing bass
with Shooter Jennings, mostly - and other various
locations in Kamp's home base of LA. But Music Row is
definitely on the map here as we find Kamp co-writing the
bulk of the material with several Nashville writers. And
while it seems like some of the tracks might be pushing
for radio-ready country, he keeps them grounded with his
natural manner and simple production. Kamp handles a
variety of strings, keys and horns taking musical
assistance from pals Eugene Edwards (guitar), Mike Sessa
(drums), Avi Sills (drums), Tony Paoletta (pedal-steel),
Eric Heywood (pedal-steel), Brian Wheelan (electric piano,
guitar) and Michael Webb (Hammond organ). A vocal
appearance by the late Robin Wiley on the funky bayou
rocker "Swamp Water Whisky" deserves a special note.
-- Robinson, Miles Of Music (Poetry Of The Moment)
"Ted's voice is sweet and soulful ... (He) has found a
home in the country rock world with songs that combine the
Booker T and the MG's soul side of the tracks featuring
organ and horns ... others are Stones-y rock, all about
the scratchy vocals, and guitars, ... and others are weepy
waltzes covered in pedal steel. The music is classic, yet
original ... worked out in studios and sweaty bars, in
roadhouses and honkytonks up and down the west coast."
- Tower Records - online review
"Ted Russell Kamp is my friend and my bandmate first, but
as an artist he stands strong with a vision of his own.
Divisadero is his latest offering of original material
that will take ya on a trip from hellraisin' nights to
hung-over mornings, and give you everything you want out
of an album by the king of groovy. Good work Ted, I'm
proud of ya! I could listen to 'Last Time That I Let You
Down' over and over wondering 'why couldn't I write
- Shooter Jennings
"Along with Ted Kamp's abilities to pulsate the bass,
comes his poetic weaving of a tale that will spin your
brain. Pay close attention to "Looking For Someone", you
just might find me!! Melody, mood, and words to remember,
make this album a delightful listening experience.
- Jessi Colter
"100% Guaranteed!! ... introducing a rich, weathered voice
which recalls Steve Earle ... on this fine disc. Inspired
by the Golden State`s long, storied history of
country-infused rock, hints of The Eagles intertwine with
tunes bearing Gram Parsons-esque melodies ... Roadhouse
rockers cozy up against lazy honky-tonkers evoking the
burgeoning movement of `70s-era So-Cal Americana (while)
Modern alt. country is no more than a shimmering `lectric
guitar chord away.
"with a full band sound ... somewhere between Memphis, New
York, and Nashville ... reminiscent of Steve Earle or the
golden boys from Liverpool, ... and he writes songs like
John Hiatt. Ted really brings it all home. This is
American music! 4 stars (out of 5)"
- RootsTime.be, Online Review