Ted Russell Kamp
HOME: Los Angeles
PROFESSION: Musician. I go between touring to promote my own music – sometimes traveling solo and sometimes hiring bands to back me up, playing bass with other artists, songwriting in Nashville and L.A. and producing records.
HOBBIES: Reading. Playing with my 5 year old son.
LAST ALBUM PURCHASED: Val McCallum’s At The End Of The Day. It’s a beautiful record.
LAST ACCOMPLISHMENT: I rode a Harley for the first time this week. I played the Hell or High Water Festival, a great biker festival in Alberta, Canada and actually drove a Quad and a Harley in the same day (yesterday).
QUOTE: “There are two kinds of music: good and bad. ” – Duke Ellington. Or. ” I feel sorry for people that don’t drink because when you wake up in the morning, that’s as good as you’re gonna feel all day. Dean Martin. Or. if you think you can, or if you think you can’t, either way you’re right. ” - Henry Ford
CRAZIEST ROAD MEMORY: Getting arrested for possession of pot with Shooter Jennings in Baylor County TX about 50 miles from where Waylon was born and raised. After getting pulled over and hand cuffed on the side of the road, we had been brought back to the station and booked. Then the police realized Shooter was Waylon’s son. They called the judge in from the golf course and they let us go so we could make our show that night. We then had to go back a year later to play a free show as a fundraiser for the local police so we could get the charges dropped.
FAVORITE BEER: any of the Trappist beers from Belgium.
WHO’S THE ULTIMATE COUNTRY PIMP: Who’s the pop country guy with the country hit that sounds like a disco tune that goes ‘country girl, shake it for me’? That guy. Or if there is a different meaning for country pimp, please let me know so I can answer it again.
FAVORITE LA AMERICANA SITE: Turnstyled Junkpiled without a doubt. You really do sift through the good and the bad as well as help to support our community which is important because in L.A,. people who play and enjoy rootsy music are a minority. We need to stick together.
PROFILE: Not only does Ted Russell Kamp have the coolest hair and mustache this side of the Mississippi, but when it comes to Country groove, there’s no one quite like him here in LA. Former bass player for Shooter Jennings, Kamp has carved a standout solo career in his own right that is never short on bouncy and inventive bass lines. His new album, Night Owl, mixes blue eyed soul and country crossed with influences like the Band and Kamp delivers heartfelt, infectious music that transcends genres. Quite possibly the hardest working musician in LA, Kamp manages to tour the world, write an album a year, play with various Americana acts in LA as well as produce artists like 29 Mules and Shy Blakeman.