Cam – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

This is the fourth time in the last twelve months that we’ve seen Cam in the UK, and the fourth time that we’ve covered her at TDF. And yet, her live sets never get old. This is the best show I’ve seen since her last show at the O2 in March as part of C2C Country To Country.

So what is it about Cam that’s so enthralling? Many things, obviously her collection of songs is outstanding; ‘Village’ in any situation is stunning but live, well, wow. ‘Burning House’ is given a piano-led intro and is beautiful. ‘Diane’ is a genuine modern country classic. ‘My Mistake’ and ‘Country Ain’t Never been Pretty’ are boot-stomping anthems. These are all from one album, ‘Diane’ aside, which makes the quality level even more astounding.

The other key thing that make Cam’s live shows so enthralling is Cam: her honesty, her warmth, her charisma, her, well, Cam-ness. From the first minute of the show her crowd are exactly that, her crowd. Singing along, dancing, cheering, helping choose the final song of the night – bluegrass tearjerker ‘Echo Mountain’ – it’s our show, not just Cam’s and that’s all down to the Californian.

“Even when it gets loud we’re gonna keep you close”

Cam, London September 2019

She’s ultra-modern in her outlook and her onstage banter, she’s worked with Diplo, Sam Smith and Miley Cyrus, yet she also takes Cyrus’ recent ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ and country-ed the heck out of it, alongside covering ‘Jolene’ with Sam Williams (grandson of Hank Snr, son of Hank Jnr) and giving an outing to a song she heard at the Bluebird Cafe. There isn’t a more modern country music star around. Next time she’s in the UK you’d better make sure you catch her show.

Max Mazonowicz

Updated: Sep 06, 2019

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