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Crossed the Colorado Line: Doug Cameron


Boise singer-songwriter Doug Cameron's new offering is a fantastic five song foray into acoustic rock. As a musician, Cameron is impeccable. His past albums with his band Stranger Neighbor are a testament to this. But whereas his 2003 full length solo debut was a heavily produced affair, his new disc relishes in space. In music, space is good. Cameron recorded Crossed the Colorado Line in Seattle with Casey Miller and John Fricke. With Miller as producer and engineer, the album is very warm and well-produced. The songs are all strong and diverse but "His Darling Mae," is a particular standout. Cameron told me the song was inspired, albeit loosely, by the movie About Schmidt. The story of golden-years' love and loss make for an intriguing listen. An interesting addition to Cameron's new release is a making-of DVD. The disc is a rare look inside the making of a great CD by one of Boise's finest, and it's funny.

I gave a copy of Cameron's last disc to a friend of mine in San Francisco. She called and told me every one she works with loved it and wanted to buy one. It is sort of like that saying, "you're a genius if you are from more than 20 miles away." Well, Cameron's genius is right here in Boise.