Flying Solo is the acoustic record many fans have been wanting Ted to make for years – a songwriter record of mainly acoustic guitar and singing. What you get is the song and the singer with no filler and no smoke and mirrors. The tracks are either entirely live or with a few simple overdubs.
3 songs were recorded live on the air at radio shows around the USA.
3 were from a live solo show in Helsinki, Finland (two of the 3 are solo mandolin and vocals).
The other six were recorded at Ted’s home studio in L.A.,The Den.
The 6 recorded at various shows and radio stations are all older songs that are favorites in Ted’s live show. The 6 recorded at home are all brand new songs that have not been on any previous records of Ted’s.
The album is mostly acoustic solo performances, raw and bare bones, and many of the songs are in the classic singer/songwriter style of Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams and some of Ted’s other favorite songwriters.
A handful of the songs Ted wrote on his own at home or while on the road, the others were co-written with musician friends in the L.A. country-rock scene (Kirsten Proffit of Calico, David Serby, Bobby Joyner, Nicole Gordon), in Austin (Tony Scalzo of Fastball, Gordy Quist of the Band of Heathens) or in and around Nashville (Chris Tompkins, Wayne Buckner).
One of the live-in-Finland songs is a solo mandolin and vocal version of the song “Steady At The Wheel” which Ted wrote back when he was playing with Shooter Jennings. It was the #1 song on TX radio for 6 weeks.
All of Ted’s records have tended to be full band recordings with a few acoustic or mellower tracks here and there. This is finally the solo acoustic which most accurately represents Ted’s live show when he tours solo through Europe and the US with just a suitcase and guitar. Personal, gritty and honest as it gets.
All songs are written or co-written by Ted. Co-writers are Kirsten Proffit (Track 1), Wayne Buckner (Track 2), David Serby (Track 3), Gordy Quist (Track 5), Bobby Joyner (Track 6), Nicole Gordon (Track 7), Tony Scalzo (Track 9), and Chris Tompkins (Track 12).
Produced by Ted Russell Kamp
C&P PoMo Records 2016
Ted – vocals, acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin & bass
Bliss Bowen – harmonies on “When She Flies”
Kirsten Proffit – harmonies & rhythm guitar on “Life on the River”
Tommi Viksten – electric guitar on “If I Had A Dollar”
Tracks recorded by
Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 & 9 recorded by Ted at The Den, Los Angeles, CA (2016)
Track 3 recorded live on WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, Knoxville, TN (2014)
Track 4, 7 & 11 recorded in concert by Juha Reunanen at Livegraphy, Helsinki, FI (2011)
Track 10 recorded as a songwriting demo for Cal IV Publishing, Nashville, TN (2006)
Track 12 recorded live on KNBT’s Roots and Branches, New Braunfels, TX (2013)
TRK & Mark Rains at the Station House, Echo Park, CA
except for At The End Of the Day mixed by TRK & Kyle Mann
Mastered by John Golden
Cover Photo: Anni Löppönen
Graphic design: Scott Fields Design