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Josephine Cameron - American Songs

Josephine Cameron - American Songs

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Josephine Cameron - American Songs (CD NEW)


Label: Cd Baby.Com/Indys
Format: CD
Release Date: 29 Jun 2004
No. of Discs: 1

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Album Tracks

1. Wayfaring Stranger
2. Motherless Child
3. Just A'wearyin' For You
4. Danny Boy
5. His Eye Is On the Sparrow
6. Red River Valley
7. Careless Love
8. Shenandoah
9. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
10. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
11. Peace in the Valley

Face Magazine: September 2002 Josephine Cameron on a sunlit December morning conceals something of the loneliness in her music. A Wisconsin native and on-again resident of Brunswick, Maine, Cameron released her debut of eleven American standards in early 2002, and though 'hope' and 'home' are everywhere throughout American Songs, her heart is surely broken. 'I'm drawn to melancholy like you wouldn't believe,' she admits with a smile, recalling in conversation such influences as George Gershwin and Antonio Carlos Jobim. I am not surprised, by her demeanor or her melancholy, and can only marvel at the many facets of artistry. American Songs is a plaintive thing, and it's opening-'Wayfaring Stranger'-the hungriest of a precise and searching catalogue. Most of the songs are nineteenth-century or early twentieth-century ballads from forgotten authors, including 'Red River Valley' and 'Shenandoah.' 'Just A Wearyin' for You,' by Carrie-Jacobs Bond and Frank Stanton, recalls Townes Van Zandt in it's frayed simplicity, and A. P. Carter, credited for 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken,' haunts the album proper. In liner notes inside a cover of summer clouds over low hills and evergreen, Cameron writes of a 'longing for home,' the hoped-for repose of the roving American, and our inevitable distance from it. Her voice is at all times sad. I make much of a self-professed songwriter's debut comprised entirely of other artists' material. Hearing 'Red River Valley,' I remember Bob Wills' Tiffany Transcriptions and an aged John Wayne in Howard Hawks' Red River. Tall orders for any newcomer. Ry Cooder made a career of recording standards with the best musicians in their respective fields, but I think of this only after Cameron tells me about performing 'Goodnight Irene' in South Bend, Indiana, and about aging men in attendance who would thank her for the song afterwards. Ry Cooder's 'Goodnight Irene'-with the lilting accordion of Flaco Jimenez-is great comfort in Maine winters, and American Songs echoes it's delight in our vernacular music. Indeed, enthusiasts are everywhere. Lucinda Williams' 1978 debut, too, without an original composition, is an exercise in reverence, and Williams' melancholy, like Cameron's, is undeniable. Despite the jazz singers Cameron invoked as heroes over coffee-Anita O' Day, Peggy Lee-American Songs plays out like the blues. If, as Cameron says, jazz musicians 'can hear a lot more,' and if she is drawn to melody before lyrics, her triumph on American Songs was to go it alone, without accompaniment, and to choose songs that would still be bruised if spoken. Josephine Cameron's voice in conversation is sweet, without the goodbye timbre of her recordings. Her vocal talent she claims to share with four sisters, although her formal training includes only the piano (which she left at sixteen) and the guitar. American Songs began amid plans to teach, with the revelation of reaching forty-five years and wishing she'd been a singer. 'I didn't want to have that resentment,' she says. Returning to Brunswick from South Bend with a husband two and a half years ago, Cameron resumed guitar lessons and researched her debut. Cameron's sources for American Songs were not recordings at all, but bound anthologies of folk compositions from college and city libraries. Some she had tried at campus performances, first as an undergraduate at Bowdoin College, then, more seriously, while earning her Masters at Notre Dame. A sense of history-'what it meant to people in the 1800s, what it meant in the 1900s'-bolstered by occasional chance ('Just A Wearyin' for You' appeared inside a used book bought for collages) secured the rest. For a year and a half, off and on, Cameron recorded at Studio Dual in Cape Elizabeth with engineer John Etnier and producer Anthony Walton. There is romance in her cracked Taylor small-body guitar, and her sessions seem characterized by successes. Changes by Etnier were limited to suggestions-'let's listen to this again'-and Cameron's request for a back porch feel is rendered neither saccharine nor derogatory in execut

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