Mark Cameron review…July 21, 2019….

MARK CAMERON

ON A ROLL

COP RECORDS

TROUBLE BREWIN–ON YOUR WAY TO THE TOP–DIRTY BISCUIT–RIDIN THE RAILS–ON A ROLL–DICEY–NEXT STOP IS THE BLUES–WHERE I GOT YOU FROM–MOVIN OUT–BACK SEAT BOOGIE–HERE WE GO–WHAT LUCY SAYS–MOJO SHUFFLE–DREAMS

Minnesota-based singer/composer/guitarist Mark Cameron has been in the music biz for over thirty years.  On his latest album, he and his incredible backing crew bring an eclectic mix to the table with the robust fourteen originals that make up “On A Roll.”  In keeping with the band’s tradition of being able to play anything in any style, these cuts are full of jump blues, Delta blues, and nods to Chicago blues and even Louis Jordan.

Mark’s good-timey baritone delivery makes everything all right, too, as does the unique peaceful coexistence between harp man Rick Miller and the sax/flute combo from Sheri Cameron.  Witness the leadoff cut, “Trouble Brewin”  which deals with two lovers headin’ for a fall.  A bit later, we are treated to some sage advice about a girl with questionable morals, “don’t mess with a Dirty Biscuit–leave it where you found it!”

“Movin Out,” one of our favorites, draws its inspiration from Rosco Gordon’s “Just A Little Bit.”  Our other favorite is a Fifties-ish rocker again dealing with those little girls who just won’t stay put.  This chick continually plots behind our hero’s back to “do the Back Seat Boogie” wherever she can!

With a plethora of original material and crowd-pleasing showmanship, it is easy to see why the IBC judges love Mark Cameron and his band.  That enthusiasm carries over into the excellent grooves of “On A Roll.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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