There is an undeniably retro feel to Cameron's work, but she is certainly not mired in the past. "I've been involved in the underground punk and hip hop scenes for years," she
says. "I have always felt an affinity for music that comes from the street or other places of conflict." She goes on to express a "respect for music that admires the resourcefulness of struggling people and demonstrates a distrust for authority." Steph acknowledges that her
core passion, however, remains "folk and blues music."
This ranges from the country blues of Lightnin' Hopkins to the bluegrass of Doc Watson to the vintage '60s folk of Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and early Joni Mitchell.
Lyrically, Steph's songs dig deep, drawing upon the experiences and lessons learned from a fascinatingly nomadic and sometimes turbulent lifestyle. Born in Saskatoon, she has since spent time living in East Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and now the Kootenay region of the B.C. interior, as well as logging serious miles traversing the country.
Steph Cameron is now gradually surfacing from the underground, but with ideals intact. With Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady, she is ready to take her eloquent material and compelling voice public on a much wider scale than simply sharing it with friends around the fire or
passersby on street corners. For that, we can feel very fortunate.
Steph Cameron will be appearing at the Winnipeg Folk Festival later this summer.