Considering how formidable Colyn Cameron’s songwriting skills are, there’s no question fans of his band, Wake Owl, hope he stays in the music business. But goodness knows the man certainly has a resume to fall back on – the Southern California native studied organic agriculture at Emerson College in Sussex, England, worked on a number of farms in Germany, Chile and Canada, and then traveled the world.
But writing haunting, sweeping acoustic music is where Cameron’s talent clearly lies. The five songs on his magnificent debut EP, Wild Country, are quiet ruminations laced with violins, tremolo guitar, and several layers of Cameron’s soothing tenor. It’s a voice that’s hard to pin a description on – writers have described it as “lonely,” “textured,” “attention grabbing,” “reflective, reedy,” and, “unflashy.” No matter how you describe it, it’s perfect for the world-weary songs he sings. With a number of U.S. dates this Spring and a full length album in the works, Wake Owl is on the cusp of a huge breakout – the chance to see them in an intimate venue like Jammin’ Java is a blessing.
Wake Owl will be joined by Brockway (the stage name of New England-based singer/songwriter Dan Lee) and Andy Shauf.