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Emily Zuzik is an L.A. based Americana singer-songwriter who has planted her musical roots in a unique eclectic blend of alt-country, modern, rhythm & blues and rock music. She brings to her songs a woman’s vulnerability and strength in the tradition of Patsy Cline and Madonna. The single Trouble is the first single from her latest solo album Torch & Trouble produced by Ted Russell Kamp.
As a singer-songwriter, her music captures the film-noir essence of Los Angeles’ haunted past infused with the soul of the Memphis Stax sound. Her songs compel and engage as they call to mind her musical kinship with Carole King and Rickie Lee Jones. Her voice is warm as she seduces the listener in a way reminiscent of Sheryl Crow and Liz Phair.
Emily has been a recording and touring independent artist for over 15 years. She's written with artists such as Grant Langston, Ted Russell Kamp, Benji Rogers, Moby, Wes Hutchinson (Sundown) among others.
Her soon-to-be-released album, Torch & Trouble, is a well-focused blend of earthy singer-songwriter centered Americana music. The thread of meaning that runs through the ten-song collection is hope, redemption & faith in love even as we face daily conflict, change and challenge.
Emily Zuzik’s Torch & Trouble promises to be one of the best Americana albums of 2020. Coming May 2020.
TED RUSSELL KAMP
Ted Russell Kamp is an LA-based bass player, singer/songwriter and producer.
Ted writes, records and travels the world performing his own country / roots / Americana music from his ten critically-acclaimed albums. Ted also plays live, records sessions, and collaborates on songs with A-list songwriters and musicians in L.A., Nashville, Austin and around the world. Ted often works out of his home studio — The Den — and has produced several well-received albums for fellow artists there. Ted has also had the honor of being a friend, collaborator and member of Shooter Jennings’ band for most of the last 15 years. Ted also played on the 2020 Grammy winning Country Album of the Year, Tanya Tucker’s "While I’m Living".
Ted is well known for his ability to step into bands and rock all genres of music — the decades he spent holding down the bottom end for bands as diverse as Shooter, Jessi Colter, Whitey Morgan, Wilson Phillips and others have made sure Ted had the chops for anything from major festivals to David Letterman appearances.
The last few years have found Kamp focusing on his own career as well as touring and recording with Shooter. He tours continuously in the US and Europe, and has releasing his solo albums to critical acclaim. His records have debuted at #1 on the Euroamericana Chart and made the US Americana Chart’s Top 100 Records of the Year. The Big Takeover wrote, “Kamp simply knocks one ball after another out of the park…Saturated in talent and sincerity … good music done right.”
This Jack of all trades points to Dave Stewart and Buddy Miller as role models, in the sense that they move so seamlessly between the roles of sideman and frontman while supplying both substance and glue to every project they take on.
“The biggest challenge,” Ted says, “is always to be myself and express myself while still supporting others. Bringing in traditional elements is a way to make the music classier and more timeless, in my opinion, whether it’s to enrich my own music or to make anything I’m part of as great as it can be.”
“I’m a New Yorker who’s thoroughly fascinated with Southern music,” Ted points out. “Most of my favorite records were made within a few-hundred-mile radius that circles Memphis, Nashville, Muscle Shoals, New Orleans and up the Mississippi River, Dallas and Austin. It’s incredible — the passion, the storytelling and the soul that came out of that part of the country. It’s a huge part of the American voice.”
Ted dove into music after college. He spent several years woodshedding in Seattle, and recorded four LPs with his trio Ponticello before moving to LA in 2001. Once in LA, Ted formed the group Union Pacific, played with numerous bands, did extensive session work. That led in 2003 to Shooter Jennings pulling him into his band. And Ted’s never looked back. Whether he’s headlining a major show in the Netherlands with European superstars, playing Gruene Hall in mid Texas in the dead of summer, rocking an LA honky tonk with some of the best players in town, or working in his new studio to pull the soul from each song, Ted pours his drive and musical talent into every note.
“ ‘Trouble,’ the new single and video from LA-based singer/songwriter Emily Zuzik is a raw muscular power chord delight that recalls the best of 90’s era Sheryl Crow…”
- Robert Dye, AmericanSongwriter.com
“Emily Zuzik is an L.A.-based singer-songwriter who has planted her musical roots in a unique eclectic blend of alt-country, modern, rhythm & blues and rock music. Her music captures the film-noir essence of Los Angeles’ haunted past infused with the soul of the Memphis Stax sound. With ‘Trouble’, she is all rock n roll..."
TED RUSSELL KAMP
“… With a resume that includes bass player, lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Ted Russell Kamp could be a contestant on The Most Interesting Man In the World. Most of those talents are on display on his latest record, Walkin’ Shoes…with everything from classic rock to folk making an appearance, there’s going to be a song or two that will appeal to just about everyone.”
“… A damn fine album … that immediately calls to mind the country music of the mid to late 70’s. It was a time when country music artists were releasing albums of vast substance [and] songwriters looked to soul and gospel influences as much as they did country. The songs are exceptionally well written and strong [and] one can find a different highlight with each listen. I can’t recommend it enough.”
- AMERICANA HIGHWAYS
“… Terrific. Ted is a star on the rise … in the tradition of Guy Clark … An impressive record. …”
- NO DEPRESSION
“… A talented singer-songwriter … with probing stories of real life, fueled by emotion, his poetic explanations are truly profound and deeply personal. His voice gets inside your bones … like John Prine with more air and less dirt … a riveting tour-de-force of an album….”
- ALAN CACKETT, MAVERICK MAGAZINE (UK)
“… If only Nashville was pumping out country songs with that kind of understated pathos … another fine set of melodic country rock tunes … infused with warm soul (and) a grace and plainspoken honesty. Modesty and an unwillingness to play games likely prevent Kamp from getting the acclaim he deserves. Don’t let the heartfelt, soulful music suffusing Night Owl pass you by. …”
- MICHAEL TOLAND, BIGTAKEOVER.COM
“… Songwriters like Ted Russell Kamp … seem to simply pick the songs from the sky … (the songs) are all that they want to say: neat, beautiful and without frills. No secrets or codes – more than the magic of a beautiful language they create. He moves in the same league as the big names, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Kris Kristofferson. His voice is something out of the ordinary … world class. …”
- PER WILKER OF OBLADOO.SE (SWEDEN)
“… the Laurel Canyon mythos rings true throughout this Americana set. This is definitely California desert country with the top down. With his gritty self styled voice. Like Bob Dylan’s Nashville recordings (or the) soulful country tracks that came out of Muscle Shoals. Ted Russell Kamp pays tribute to a lot of American music heroes (while) weaving gravitas throughout this song cycle….”
- DAN HARR, MUSICNEWSNASHVILLE.COM
“…The long-time Shooter Jennings’ sideman is an accomplished solo artist in his own right, responsible for a number of Shooter’s most-loved tunes (Steady At The Wheel anyone?) as well as a handful of stellar rock-leaning country records that Nashville wouldn’t dare sniff. His latest, Get Back To The Land, is his most diverse to date and boosts a nice list of guest artists, including Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Eric Heywood (Son Volt, Ray LaMontagne), Tony Gilkyson (Lone Justice, X) and Robby Turner (Waylon Jennings and the Highwaymen). Sadly, the record won’t hit American shores until May 10th, but European fans are snapping it up like day-old pastries as witnessed by his #1 position on the Euro-Americana charts this past January. …”
- RICHARD LUFTMENSCH MORGAN, MY OLD KENTUCKY BLOG
“… Kamp … surprises us again with some beautiful songs in the alt country and Americana genre. His professionalism and passion can be found (in the) soul influences, emotional ballads and beautiful country….”
- GERRIT VERMIEJ, MUZIEKVENSTER.NL
“… A fine songwriter…sounds like the missing son of Tom Russell and Steve Earle….”
- LE CRI DU COYOTE, FRANCE