“Phil Camp's music has been evolving since the second grade. When asked what he wanted for Christmas that year, he pointed out a guitar in the Sears' Wishbook and his path from that moment was laid out. He took group guitar lessons with Lucille Tasker which allowed him to work at his own pace. Then, in seventh grade, another guitar player, John Clifford, would seek him out to be the rhythm guitar player in his band despite the fact he only knew "open" (first position) chords. Jamming inspired him to pick out guitar licks wherever he could find them and learn them for himself. His primary musical inspiration at the time was the Doobie Brothers and their album Toulouse Street but his overall influences were wide and varied which is evident in his current work.
The group that resulted from this and other chance meetings bringing other members into the circle was called Panache. A rock and roll show band, complete with parachute pants and the big hair styles of the 80s .”
“I stopped into the new Fort Ann hot spot Frosty's Steak-Out (formally Rick and Carol's) on Super Bowl eve to catch a set from the Joe Mama Band. I had some fun creating a makeshift, snowbank parking spot since the parking lot was full, a good sign for the new establishment. Once inside, it wasn't too hard to pick out singer/guitarist Phil Camp, proudly decked out in Chicago Bares garb (and I'm writing this in the aftermath Sunday night..so, sorry, Phil!)
After a brief hello, I sat back as the band took the stage for their second set of the night. I was glad to hear a familiar tune(no, not Freebird, either) as the group chose "Ride the sky" the first song from their new origional CD, as the set opener. The sound was very impressive, although I would expect nothing less from this seasoned lineup, which includes veteran sound engineer Jeff Britton on drums. Jeff plays an amazing homemade aluminum kit too, which is somewhat as object of admiration for purcussion enthusiasts. the band also”
Rock around the Block
Two things are immediately obvious when first hearing JMB’s "Green Pepper Air Freshener": 1) I challenge anyone to come up with a better band name than that. Seriously, I’ll owe you a couple dirt dogs. Secondly, the lineup of Phil Camp, Jeff Britton, Mark Orlosky, and Marty Montena are tight as anything and showcase some serious chops.
Another thing immediately apparent upon listening to this album: This is not your average local yokel bar band hocking their latest beer-fueled CD of Lynyrd Skynyrd or Zeppelin ripoffs. JMB has some serious street cred around the region, and that doesn’t come with just playing happy hours up and down the "street of dreams". JMB’s strength lies in its songwriting ability, musicianship, and ability to put together an album of material, as opposed to conscripting a bunch of random songs, then throwing them together and calling it an album.
The flow of "Green Pepper Air Freshener" is smooth and dynamic. "Ride the Sky" kicks off the album and ca”
“Joe Mama Drops Bomb
"One of the best regional recordings I've ever heard: Green Pepper Air Freshener, the brand new full-length by Glens Fall area's seminal rockers, The Joe Mama Band, drops next month.
Lead vocalist/guitarist Phil Camp, drummer Jeff Britton, bassist Marty Montana, and keyboardist Mark Orlosky have really outdone themselves. There are nods to blues, funk, rock, ska, and soul throughout this 16-song sophomore salvo. The record contains songs that would fill stadiums ala ELP and Pink Floyd ("Paper Club"), instrumentals to silence savage beasts in the vein of Hot Tuna ("Jackie"), and jammers to rock your face off like the Red Hot Chili Peppers ("Human" and "You Were the Love")...need a little something patriotic? Try JMB's "America" on for size. How about an indie rock cruiser in the class of the Wallflowers? Put the CD in, and find "Lock the Door."
To say JMB is tight is an understatement, and to use the word "chops" would be redundant. The talent and cohesivenes”
“Green Pepper Air Freshener
What a refuge and journey I am having as the Joe Mama Band takes me home. They are a down home band. They are probably an over-experienced bar band. They are tight, very tight. These are top-notch musicians. They are really too good to be a bar-band (not really, if you've spent time in Austin) It just makes me proud upstate (Queensbury) produces!
This album is an effort of love. The beautiful packaging of the music object is special. "Green Pepper Air Freshener" is presented with humility yet seems to be the work of a lifetime. Impeccably produced, this jam band has recorded exactly what theyhave been dreaming. The songs are by
vocalist/guitarist Phil Camp whom I suspect didn‚t just write but built these songs with the progress of rock and roll and blues and the future in mind.
Bands that have made similar sounds would probably be CSNY or Lindsey Buckingham with funk edge, and vocals that remind me of the artistry of Kip Hanrahan. I really like "Mam”