Black Gold (2017)
This is eighteen year old guitarists Cameron’s first album. Produced at NightShift Studios by Arnie Van Bussel, someone I have known since Atari days (circa 1980’s).
Although probably categorized as country music, there are sufficient rock and popular elements to give it a wide appeal.
Review by Tracks:
1. Folsom Prison Blues (Johhny Cash)
Not a song I like, but here it gets more energy with a faster beat and some nice harmonica and violin playing.
2. Downbuzz (Cameron Walsh featuring Molly G)
Probably my favorite song on the album. A ballad with a simple melody and dance-able beat. The duet parts with Molly G really add character to the song. There is a great restrained guitar part about half way through.
3. Tonight the Bottle let me Down (Merle Haggard)
Not a song I had heard before. This is more rocking, with a great rhythm section of the drums, bass and piano.
4. Heartstrings (Sarah Conlan)
An average paint-by-numbers country song. There must be thousands like this. Sarah does have a nice traditional country voice, as heard on her 2014 EP (see link).
5. Cast No Stones (Cody Jinks)
Cody Jinks is an American country music singer from Denton, Texas. Another mid-tempo country song. The only thing of note is that the guitar is more aggressive on this song.
6. Black Gold
(Cameron Walsh with Micheala & Phil Walsh)
I was told Cameron was a Pink Floyd fan and you can hear that from the opening guitar chords. Another great original song.
7. Hag Song (Cameron Walsh)
The production here really pulls back on the instrumentation, allowing Cameron’s voice and acoustic guitar to really shine.
8. One More Last Chance (Vince Gill & G. Nicholson)
A nice change with an upbeat song. This really reminds me of the Coalrangers. All it needs is a Fender Rhodes piano.
9. Believing (Featuring Molly G)
(Emily Shackleton, Tami Hinesh & Kate York)
I don’t know who Molly G is, but I just wanted Cameron to shut up and let her sing the whole song.
10. I Remember (Cameron Walsh)
Everything really comes together in this combination of lyrics and music. I can imagine him on a bar-stool, halfway through a tour singing this with just an acoustic guitar.
11. Glimpse of Redemption (Cameron Walsh)
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl….
The final instrumental track really shows it’s progressive rock roots. This could have been ripped off from some obscure 1970’s Prog Rock album.
In conclusion, Cameron really has the voice of a forty year old Country singer/songwriter. I prefer the originals to the covers as there is more influence from other genres.
And I do HATE steel guitars.