I want to congratulate Cam on the release of her debut album and recent Grammy nomination, but I would be patently lying to everyone if I let on that I have any clue what’s going on with this artist or her music. She’s got frizzy blonde hair, and likes the color yellow.I frankly find the entire thing utterly confounding. And that’s about all the character information I’ve been able squeeze out of her, even after listening to this record on repeat over and over. I wish I could get more of a grasp on what was going on so that I could make that accusation if it was necessary.Cam is an alumna of both Moraga’s Campolindo High School music program and the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus.Her childhood was split between her home in Lafayette and her grandparents’ horse ranch in Southern California, with classic country as the backdrop.With a five-inch halo of blond ringlets and in her signature sunny-yellow wardrobe, she pulls in a couple for a hug and poses for a photo with a group of adoring teens, with a wide and genuine smile.She’s about to perform at country radio station KRTY’s 25th Anniversary Summer Kick Off Concert, riding the momentum of a stellar two years in which the Lafayette-raised singer-songwriter had a 2015 hit single and earned both 2016 Grammy and CMA nominations.
Why is Cam doing so well, when the country music industry has already put an artist like Ashley Monroe out to pasture, despite Ashley being two years younger than Cam, significantly more talented and qualified in the country realm, and has quantities more name recognition from her friendship with Blake Shelton and her affiliation with the Pistol Annies? Kacey Musgraves, despite tons of awards show hardware, can’t catch a break on country radio either. And Kacey has a clearly definable style all of her own; a personality. There’s a song on the album called “Country Ain’t Never Been Pretty” that might be the best on the record, and the most country.“Being from the Bay Area, I didn’t have country idols that were right here,” she says.When Brandy Clark was growing up she could “throw a rock and hit a great female voice on country radio.” In recent years, the format has been light on female singers.She may never have a charting single the rest of her entire career. And she’s made an indelible mark on country music history already. I would love this song performed by a host of other artists. Here she is, very pretty with platinum blonde bleached hair and completely dolled up, with an album cover that looks like it was shot in the lobby of a swanky hotel in L.A., singing about how today’s country girls are too scared to get dirty and are getting by on their looks alone.