1994

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
When Shawn Camp cut his self-titled album for Warner/Reprise back in 1994, he was riding the coattails of two charting singles from his debut the previous year: "Never Felt So Good" and "Confessin' My Love." The artist, management, and industry insiders assumed the set would be a breakout. When it was turned over to the label, however, it was deemed "uncommercial," and a wave of changes was "suggested." This was the era when Travis Tritt, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, and Martina McBride had broken wide open and were topping the charts. Camp refused and the album was shelved. Fast forward to 2009 when Warner Music Nashville President/CEO John Esposito caught Camp ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
When Shawn Camp cut his self-titled album for Warner/Reprise back in 1994, he was riding the coattails of two charting singles from his debut the previous year: "Never Felt So Good" and "Confessin' My Love." The artist, management, and industry insiders assumed the set would be a breakout. When it was turned over to the label, however, it was deemed "uncommercial," and a wave of changes was "suggested." This was the era when Travis Tritt, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, and Martina McBride had broken wide open and were topping the charts. Camp refused and the album was shelved. Fast forward to 2009 when Warner Music Nashville President/CEO John Esposito caught Camp at a guitar pull during a music conference and was impressed. He discovered that the company owned the album, and went through the steps to bring it to market. On the one hand, one can almost exonerate the company for not releasing it at the time. Compared to the aforementioned artists, Camp's meld of rootsy acoustic and electric instruments playing bluegrass and honky tonk-inspired modern country music was nowhere on the charts in 1994. That said, excellence is excellence: nobody ever told George Strait he couldn't release a record because he was too country. Camp's collection of originals and covers is timeless; it sounds "classic," not nostalgic. Other than the choogling opener "Near Mrs." with its up-front Telecasters and tight ringing snare drums, everything else here is far more traditional. Whether it's a moving ballad such as "My Frame of Mind," the broken-hearted two-step "Little Bitty Crack in Her Heart" with its whinnying fiddles and Dobros, the electric bluegrass in "Stop, Look and Listen Cow Catcher Blues," or the midtempo honky tonker "Worn Through Stone," this album is the place where the history of country music meets the future and melds rather than clashes, for a lone reason: it's honest. The record espouses a quiet passion, even in its humorous moments "Movin' on Up to a Double Wide". Camp's mellifluous tenor is more like that of an empathic or troubled friend than a country star. Being released in 2010, with records like Jamey Johnson's The Guitar Song and Elizabeth Cook's Welder having been so positively received, 1994 might actually stand a chance. That would be a good thing for country as well as Camp.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624961581
  • Catalog Number: 526070
  • Sales rank: 131,909

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shawn Camp Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Bill Monroe Background Vocals
Patty Loveless Background Vocals
James Burton Electric Guitar
Steve Gibson Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Richard Bennett Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Owen Hale Percussion, Drums
Bobby Hicks Fiddle
John Hughey Steel Guitar
Pat McInerney Percussion
Steve Nathan Keyboards
Alan O'Bryant Background Vocals
Al Perkins Dobro, Steel Guitar
Carmella Ramsey Background Vocals
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Will Smith Autoharp
Tom Ewing Background Vocals
John Barlow Jarvis Keyboards
Tater Tate Background Vocals
Dana Cupp Background Vocals
Emory Gordy Jr. Bass
Jimmy Stewart Dobro, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Guy Clark Composer
Jim Lauderdale Composer
Tim Mensy Composer
Shawn Camp Composer
Steve Hood Composer
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Russ Martin overdub engineer
Glenn Meadows Mastering
John Scott Sherrill Composer
Ken Mellons Composer
Will Smith Composer
Frank Dycus Composer
Jim Rushing Composer
Gary Harrison Composer
Dale Dodson Composer
Katherine Petillo Art Direction
Emory Gordy Jr. Producer
Karl Hasten Composer
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