Shawn Camp has been a highly successful songsmith for others, less so when he steps into the spotlight on his own, despite his obvious skills as a performer.

Shawn Camp has been a highly successful songsmith for others, less so when he steps into the spotlight on his own, despite his obvious skills as a performer. Lucky Silver Dollar is loaded with cool stuff, some previously recorded by others, including the Waylon-esque slow-roller "Baby's Gone Home to Mama" (John Anderson) and "How Long Gone" (Brooks & Dunn), with the latter delicate and forlorn in Camp's hands. "The Middle of Nowhere" is Buffett-styled country, "The Tune of a Twenty Dollar Bill" is a bluegrass romp, and "Lost at Sea" is a gorgeous ballad. Camp's ace-in-the-hole is a quirky humor that would make Roger Miller proud, evidenced here by the rollicking "I Feel More Like I Do Right Now (Than I Have All Day)" and the exquisitely written "Off to Join the World," an oddly touching take on circus romance performed with style. A diverse, confident album from a guy who is in this for the long haul. Distributed by Select-O-Hits.—RW

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