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Drowning on Dry Land

by Bobby Cameron

Acoutic folk rock that bridges roots and Americana
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Inside Out
4:02 $0.99
2. Over My Head
4:38 $0.99
3. Bridges
5:08 $0.99
4. Release Me
4:17 $0.99
5. Crashing Down
3:05 $0.99
6. Ties
4:06 $0.99
7. Drowning On Dry Land
4:23 $0.99
8. Worn Out
3:52 $0.99
9. Grass Is Never Greener
3:54 $0.99
10. Pieces
4:50 $0.99
11. Closer 2u
4:10 $0.99
12. Cape Breton
2:49 $0.99
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Album Notes

"Bobby is one of Canada's great young guitarists and his talent is equal to many of the world's great guitarists"


Thanks for dropping in and taking a look. Thought I would give you an idea of what reels me in as an artist and what moves me as a human being.

The message of the music and they way it hopefully touches someone out there, is the most important part to me. It has got to speak and force me to think about things. All my songs come from real life experiences and everyday situations. The way I live and the way I write are connected. Hopefully, I will connect with you!

On the inside cover of this CD, there is an old snapshot of my mother and me, taken when I was six years old. I wrote the instrumental piece "Cape Breton" for her. For me, the song embodies the sense of community and love I feel for my home and my family, and in my mind, nothing is more important in life.

I wanted to emphasize the acoustic side of my music on this CD. Where I might normally have used an electric guitar for solos, on this album, I used an acoustic guitar and played it as I would an electric.

I was starting to dial in more of the roots-rock and folk influences. The blues is still weaved through the whole package along with hints of pop. I can't escape all these styles, nor do I really want to. All of them live inside me and fight for a ray light in every song I write.

The title track "Drowning On Dry Land", is not meant in the literal sense. It was a time in my life when I was emotionally drowning. Anyone can metaphorically drown on land in too much of a bad thing. The irony about it all is that the drowning marks the beginning of change. Maybe in some strange way emotional pain is just the part of ourselves that faces the things we need to rise above.

The funniest moment for me during the course of this CD was one day in the studio when I was tracking guitars. I was in the recording room trying to lay down this acoustic track to "Cape Breton". I just wasn't on my game that day and could not for the life of me get a take. I was getting really frustrated. You know, the Scottish temper. Anyway, I lost it at one point and was screaming at my guitar because I couldn't get it in tune. After about 10 minuets of cussing at this guitar, I through it down and walked out into the control room to be greeted by the band and producer laughing hysterically. Apparently, they were listening and recording my melt down. They played it back to me over the speakers. I was stunned... I sounded like a maniac whose cheese had definitely slid off his cracker.

Thanks again....



Bobby's second album, Drowning on Dry Land, takes the listener on an emotional journey through the soulful Celtic heartland of his Cape Breton, N.S. upbringing. Mixed by the renowned engineer Mike Plotnikoff, who has worked with high profile acts such as The Cranberries, Bryan Adams, and Kiss, among others, this album reflects Bobby's steady growth as a songwriter, featuring his hit single Release Me, and the haunting instrumental Cape Breton.

In collaboration with my old friend and Producer / Engineer Marek Forysinski, I tracked this second CD at Beta Sound Recorders in Edmonton, Alberta.

Doug Radford was my bassist ... a silent and gentle storm who plays the bass with the heart of a tornado. Doug is a gifted musician, and he's very low maintenance! Doug has played with me on and off for many years, and he's been a great friend on that long road. On drums, I called upon Sandro "The Closer" Dominelli - a massive talent with a strong passion for life. Sandro is the only drummer I know who can smoke a cigarette, open a beer, and bust a groove, all at the same time! Last, but not least, is my blood brother, Mark Puffer. In my opinion, Mark is one of the greatest talents ever to come out of Edmonton, and he consistently delivers with amazing precision, every time he steps up to the mike. Mark has ridden shotgun for me throughout my career, and we've shared a lot of laughs along the way.

To mix the album, I called upon the legendary Engineer Mike Plotnikoff, who has worked with everyone from Bryan Adams to The Cranberries. In fact, while he was mixing my project, he was summoned to England to finish The Cranberries' CD. Thankfully, he came back, and we completed the mixes at Hipposonic Studios in Vancouver. We mastered the album in Toronto, at Metal Works Studios, with the assistance of the incredibly talented Nick Bologna. I really feel that Nick brought this project to a whole new level, and he was extremely accommodating, as was the rest of the staff at Metal Works.




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An amazing collection of tracks from a high energy blues/folk guitar slinging so
Bobby’s sophomore release is certainly a huge departure from his first, self titled CD. With this second offering of musical gems, Bobby takes us on a journey to his Eastern Canadian coast upbringing. A lovely mix of acoustically driven, Celtic/folk influenced songs. His vocals are strong and crisp as always showing again how smoothly he can move from in your face rock and roll, to heartfelt ballads. The entire album has an easy rootsy feel, with a very relaxing and calming mood. I loved this whole acoustic sound for Bobby, it really showcases his talent as a musician, vocalist and song writer. A triple threat .. one to be heard and loved!

The first track, “Inside Out” has a smooth rhythm, with a hint of pop but with that ever present acoustic sound, it gives a definite folk flair as well. Bobby’s talent as a song writer comes through loud and clear, taking us through the lost feeling we all have felt, after loosing a love.

The title track “Drowning On Dry Land” shows, yet again, Bobby’s talent as a song writer, with genius phrasing and a very unique flow. Feeling almost like a tide as it ebbs and flows, crashing against the rocky shores where Bobby grew up. As with the sound of the entire album, strong acoustic, crisp and clear guitar backs Bobby’s wonderful lyrics. I found the percussion to have more of a Celtic sound, rather then straight folk.

The song “Bridges” .. a lovely piece about life and the paths we take during the journey though it .. is a masterpiece! The soft backing percussion, and acoustic guitar adding beautifully to Bobby’s always perfectly crisp and melodic vocals. For me though, it was the addition of a mandolin .. always a favorite for me, completes Bridges’ soothing sound.

“Crashing Down” continues to showcase Bobby’s versatility .. yet again .. presenting us with a track possessing a more Nashville influenced sound. With the addition of a slide guitar, this track could easily be performed by any of country music’s greats .. of yesterday or today.

The track, “Worn Out” has been a pleasing favorite for me for sometime now, visiting and watching the video link available. This is certainly a more pop driven track, but like all the others, has its own Bobby Cameron flair that makes me want to play it over and over again!

The piece that stood out the most for me though was “Cape Breton”. An instrumental homage to Bobby’s home. Like a painter who uses brush to canvas to express their thoughts, or the actor who uses their voice, Bobby uses his guitar to tell the tale of the rugged beauty that is the East coast of Canada. His talent as a musician comes through loud and clear with each note! Just sit back, close your eyes and you can see the waves crashing on the shore, you can see the tree covered Highlands, standing tall, appearing to grow directly out of the ocean. Bobby takes you on a tour of the land he loves. Giving you a taste of a piece of heaven on earth, a place called Cape Breton.

With listing credits on the album that range from guitar to main vocal, to percussion as well as Producer, Bobby once again shows that Canadian talent is alive and well in this country that I love, and he has only just begun! Look out Canada .. look out world .. Bobby Cameron is on a roll ..and it’s only getting started!

MIke Bell - Calgary Sun

" Drowning on Dry Land has a sound that could compete with any mainstream rock r
Keep your options open. Good advice, especially in the music industry where avenues and doors close with alarming frequency and even more alarming indifference.

Edmonton-based singer-songwriter Bobby Cameron is playing it smart and keeping as many options open to him as possible -- and it's paying off.

After years of working his tail off hustling himself as a roots-grounded rock performer, he's now turned his attention to the songwriting side of things, having just signed a deal with a New York publishing company.

"I'm focusing on the publishing," says Cameron, who plays tonight and tomorrow at Kaos. "You know, in through the back door."

Cameron admits it's a little frustrating that he has to take that route, considering his history is one that's dotted with awards and accolades, such as earning the title of MuchMusic National Guitar Warz champion.

His two independent CDs also earned him a great deal of attention, especially his 1999 release Drowning on Dry Land, which was recorded with an impressive budget and has a sound that could compete with any mainstream rock record out there. Unfortunately, stardom or a major-label signing failed to materialize.

"There are a lot of bigger stories than mine, but I've been so close so many times," Cameron says good-naturedly.

"A lot of people went twice the distance on less the bio."

That's not to say that Cameron has entirely put aside thoughts of having the front door to the music industry opened up to him, and making it big on his own terms.

"I'm not giving up on this," he says. "In November, I'm going to start recording a blues album. I have a whole side that's never really seen the light of day as far as CDs go. So I'm pushing that forward."

And, hopefully, opening up a whole new slew of options.


" From the opening vocals on Inside Out to the slashing chord changes of Grass i
Singer-songwriter Bobby Cameron's Drowning On Dry Land is 24-Karat, folk rock gold. Highlighting his superb vocals with acoustic and slide guitars, this runs the full gamut of emotions. From the opening vocals on Inside Out to the slashing chord changes of Grass is Never Greener, you'll be hooked"

SEE Magazine

" Drowning on Dry Land, is set for release in July and promises more success "
Cameron has had solid radio success with his past records, especially considering he remains an independent act. The new disc, Drowning on Dry Land, is set for release in July and promises more success, boasting a production team of Edmonton’s much-respected Marek Forysinski as engineer and music industry guru Mike Plotnikoff (Van Halen, KISS, Aerosmith) handling mixing duties.