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Emotional Drift

by Bobby Cameron

A high energy blues-rock guitar slinging singer/songwriter with a folk pop edge; bridges the styles of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Mark Knofler
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What Are We Here For
5:03 $0.99
2. Emotional Drift
4:27 $0.99
3. Everyday and Night
4:02 $0.99
4. Coffee Cup
3:42 $0.99
5. Fighter Who Believes
3:24 $0.99
6. No Regrets
3:12 $0.99
7. Angel
5:44 $0.99
8. The One
4:00 $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"

Bobby Cameron is a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition....aka....ISC, for a track called "Coffee Cup", taken from his latest release entitled " Emotional Drift ".

With over 11,000 entries from more than 70 countries, Bobby has been chosen as one of the finalists in the AAA/ ROOTS/ AMERICANA category of competition.

Most recently, Bobby has been in New York City showcasing at the Legendary " Bitter End ", Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, The " Bitter End " has hosted many of the industry greats such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young, to mention a few.

Carlin America is very excited over the enthusiastic response Bobby received from the New York crowds at his shows. Bobby delivered a riveting performance that quickly brought the crowds to their feet.


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!

This CD goes from hard driving electric blues to stripped down acoustic folk-rock. We also added some additional percussion to beef up the grooves, along with hammond organ to keep it organic.

The title track "Emotional Drift", was written the day after 9/11. Like every songwriter during that time, I ran to my studio to try and express and makes sense of what happened. Emotional Drift describes the gamut of emotions we all felt that day and the side we all chose to defend.

I believe Sept 11th marked the day of the great divide between right and wrong. It also marked the day when the world collectively pulled their heads out of the sand. The whole truth about that horrific day will probably never be revealed. One things for certain, hate has been smoldering for centuries and we all breathe a different air because of it. Maybe peace in this world is just not a priority!

I dedicated "Emotional Drift" to all those brave firemen and innocent souls lost and to all the families left behind trying to go on.

Working in the studio with Dan Dugmore, Reese Wynans, Kenny Malone, Dave Pomeroy, Mark Prentice, and Miles Wilkinson, was an honor for me. They are all so humble and accommodating and deadly accurate on their performances. We all set up in a semi circle in the studio and jammed until we got the arrangements down. Then we tracked live to hard disc.

I remember at one point looking around and noticing I was a surrounded by these legends and how it felt just like being in a room with family and friends. That to me was the big payoff. Being real and relaxed without attitude was still alive and well. I absolutely couldn't have it any other way. I refuse to work with or be around rude, selfish industry folk no matter what kind plaque that hangs on their wall or what color stripe is sewn on their shoulders.

How kind were these guys? I remember we were done tracking and everyone was packed up and ready to go. Miles Wilkinson the producer, noticed we forgot to do a solo track on " Coffee Cup ". We asked Dan Dugmore if he could go back out and get his gear to blow down a Lap Steel solo. Dan looks up and said sure man, no problem !

Another great thrill for me was talking to Reese Wynans after the sessions about playing with Stevie Ray Vaughn. Reese was in " Double Trouble " during Stevie's last years. When he laid down those Hammond B3 solos on cut's like "No Regrets", I couldn't help but think about SRV and the incredible impact he made in a short time as a player and as a human being.

I dedicated " Fighter Who Believes " , " No Regrets " and " Angel "... to the memory of SRV.

The funniest moment during this CD was having supper with Dan Dugmore and hearing a story about a famous country artist. All I can say is the story involves a turkey baster and a quart of Jim Beam. Dan assured me it was for real. I was blown away!....Can you guess what it was?

Thanks again for lending an ear.....



" Emotiona Drift " was recorded in Nashville in October and December of 2002, this is a powerful collection of Blues, Roots, and Folk numbers. Produced by the legendary Miles Wilkinson, these sessions were recorded live off the floor, with very little overdubbing. From an artist who continues to grow and develop as a songwriter, this collection may soon be considered his best effort to date.

The line up for Bobby's recording sessions reads like the Who's Who of the music industry. Including the amazing Dan Dugmore on guitar and lap steel (Dan has played with Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Neil Diamond, to name but a few); the passionate Kenny Malone on drums (Kenny's drumming can heard on the hit recordings of artists such as Crystal Gayle, Allison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, and Dobie Gray); Dave Pomeroy and Mark Prentice - The men with the Big Tone - on bass (Chet Atkins,Trisha Yearwood, The Chieftans, Earl Scruggs, and Sting, as well as many others); and, last but not least, the incredible Reese Wynans on Hammond organ. Reese is best known for his work from 1985 to 1990 with Stevie Ray Vaughn, and he became the fourth member of Stevie's band Double Trouble. Producer Miles Wilkinson has worked with most of the greats, including Ann Murray, Emmylou Harris, Barbara Streisand / Kris Kristofferson, Darrell Scott, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Bonnie Rait, Linda Ronstadt, Rodney Crowell, Guy Clark, Mark Koenig, and "Long John" Baldry, to mention but a few.




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Brian Hamilton

Appealing blend of ballsy & smooth styles
The song selection and the play order were perfect. It's the ideal disc to set a mood of fun, the plain kind OR the nasty kind! Cameron's guitar work is flawless as always and his vocals are strong and clear. On some of the "bouncier" tracks, more backup vocals would have been nice but the blues numbers are dead solid perfect.

Mike Bell - Entertainment Writer [Calgary Sun, Canada]

" Emotional Drift is a stellar disc too good to go unheard by music lovers"
The songwriting part of his life is one that Cameron has been working a great deal on these days.

He’s been spending a lot of time in Nashville working with others and pitching those songs to more established artists, in the hopes that ultimately he can establish himself as a performer.

“I’m still keeping my focus — I’m an artist first and foremost, but it gets me to meet some industry people and maybe some people who are into what I’m doing to help move this along,” he says. “So both pieces are tied together to see if they can give legs to one.”

In keeping with the intertwining of his two ambitions, April 17 at Kaos, Cameron will be celebrating the release of Emotional Drift, a stellar disc melding country, pop and rock originally recorded with the intention of it acting as merely a demo to help shop him and his songs around.

The results were too good to go unheard by music lovers though, thanks in part to the A-team of session musicians Cameron worked with, including keyboardist Reese Wynans (Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan) and Dan Dugmore (James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson).

Already the album is making waves on radio, meaning that maybe, just maybe, Cameron will get that wish of finding wider acceptance as an artist in his own right.

“All that matters to me is just finding an audience to listen to what I’m doing and playing and having shows — spreading the word a gig at a time,” he says.

“That’s something I have influence over. The rest of it, it’s in the stars — if it happens, it happens, but I ain’t going away.”

Mary-Lynn McEwen - FFWD Weekly - Calgary, AB, Canada

" Cameron’s eight-song disc shows off the reason he’s signed as a songwriter. Wi
You don’t hear about too many music stories in which our hero moves to Edmonton to look for his big break, but then again, songwriter Bobby Cameron is not like the other boys. For instance, the Cape Breton-born Cameron has no stars in his eyes regarding the desire to have a record contract – instead, he has a publishing deal with Carlin America. That means Cameron shops his songs, not his soul, out to the arcane machinery of the industry.

"It gets me around the idea of just being an artist who just records and gigs. With the song publishing, it’s kind of another package," Cameron says from his Ottawa home, where he spends time with his wife between frequent trips to Toronto. He also still has a house in Edmonton, where he visited recently to perform a showcase during Juno week. "When I left home, I toured all over in bands, and ended up staying in Edmonton. Most people go to Edmonton to get work in oil. I went to be a rock star, because there were lots of gigs there."

Although he saw some great performances during Juno week, he admits, "I’m not a Juno kind of guy. I really believe that you create your own buzz. You do it one gig at a time. It’s about the live show, the songs and the people. Record companies try and manufacture it, and they’re wondering why it isn’t working."

This is why you won’t find Cameron’s new CD, Emotional Drift, on any major label. Produced in Nashville by Miles Wilkinson (Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, The Co-Dependents), Cameron’s eight-song disc shows off the reason he’s signed as a songwriter. With more hooks than the sports section at Canadian Tire, the songs are naturals to get stuck on radio playlists.

Cameron is involved with every aspect of his record and has released it independently. "To paraphrase Mike Plume, I don’t need any help (from a record company) to screw up my career. I can screw it up for myself," he says. One career move he has been fricasseed for by old friends is his involvement with Canadian Idol’s Ryan Malcolm. "My old keyboard player in Edmonton hung me out to dry on that one, but it was a great experience," he says. "For days we met as different teams and just wrote songs. I got to work with Luke MacMaster and Jenna Gawne, who’s a great lyricist." The fact that the resulting song, "October Skies," appears on Malcolm’s platinum-selling album does much to repair the insult of being fricasseed by old pals.


" He takes the stage with so much enthusiasm and performs like his life depends
SMOKIN'...., April 10, 2004,

Highly recommend everyone out there to check Canadian Recording Artist "Bobby Cameron". He has three Indy CD's released to date. His latest, Emotional Drift, is awesome. Full of great roots and blues numbers that he recorded with a stellar line up in Nashville. Legendary producer, Miles Wilkinson, recorded the project and it sounds wicked. I caught Bobby Cameron live in Toronto, Canada, a few times and he blew me away. He takes the stage with so much enthusiasm and performs like his life depends on it. In my Books, Bobby Cameron is in the same league as my Hero Bruce Springsteen. I think if Bruce caught Bobby Live he would say, "When I pass the torch on, Bobby Cameron will receive it". Anybody that wants to get a piece of "Rocking Roll's future" should without question buy all three CD's of Bobby Cameron. His website is amazing too...

Keep rocking Bobby, we love in Toronto.....


" Canada's Best Kept Secret ! "
Bobby Cameron latest release entitled "Emotional Drift", takes one through the full gamut of emotions felt by every roots and blues lover out there. Complete with all the guitar explosions and lyrical expression Bobby's known for, this new CD is 24 karat Roots-Blues Gold. This multi award winning artist and platinum award winning songwriter, has proven once again why he is considered one of Canada's best kept secrets.


Awesome guitar slinging/blues-rockin collection !!
Bobby Cameron – Emotional Drift Released 2003

As if there were ever any doubt at the natural talent Bobby Cameron possesses, Emotional Drift would erase any!! What an amazing collection of songs that range in styles from a folksy groove (What Are We Here For) to a more country down home sound (Everyday And Night). Or, if it’s straight in your face blues guitar with Bobby's powerful, versatile vocals screaming right along with that singing axe that you're into .. then Fighter Who Believes and No Regrets are for you! Bobby moves VERY easily into a softer, mellow sound with the tracks Angel and the title track, Emotional Drift. Vocally, Bobby has a wonderful range, able to soothe the soul with soft melodic tones, or, step up and hit you square between the eyes with power and emotion. Lyrically, each song stands out as a master story in its own right. Whether its a tale of uncertainty in this life (What Are We Here For), a quiet yet heartfelt tribute to those effected by a horrendous act that changed a country forever (Emotional Drift), just every day occurrences, like getting your morning coffee (Coffee Cup) or changes and reactions as we travel down life's various different paths. Emotional Drift takes the listener on a journey down Bobby’s own life and loves, with finding inspiration for his writing in everything from love for his family, the love and “light” of his life, or life as the fantastic journey that it is. As a "guitar slinging - singer/song writing guy" Bobby deserves to be listed among the best in music. To paraphrase another gifted writer .. if music be the food of life .. play on Bobby .. play on!

Peace, Blues, and a Good Cup of Morning Coffee!