Labor of musical love presents some of his favorite songwriters, ponder the
mystery of where songs come from, and create a new song every show
Award-winning composer Jim Camacho’s latest musical creation is the brand-new web series called Adventures in Songwriting, which will begin streaming on YouTube and be available as an iTunes podcast beginning March 24. There will be a show the night before the launch to celebrate the new series at the Luna Star Café (775 NE 125th St, Miami, FL 33161). Jim will play along with his first guest on the series, the legendary Charlie Pickett. Staying with the songwriting theme, there will be an open mic kicking off the night from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. All ages welcome, cover charge is $5.
“The idea of the show is to explore what songwriting is all about and what makes a person want to become a songwriter and express themselves in that way,” says Camacho. “You can say a lot in three minutes, and a great song can reach places that are ineffable. ‘What’s that part all about?’ Those are the kinds of discussions we want to have on this show / podcast. Oh, and write a song by the end of the show as well.”
The host and featured artists will share stories about their path in music, what led them to want to become a songwriter and, how they write. By the end of each episode, Jim and company will create and perform a new original song. Webcast from the artist’s YouTube page located at www.youtube.com/JimCamacho and podcast on iTunes (be sure to subscribe), the series will produce at least one episode per month.
The first episode features the rock legend Pickett, guitarist / vocalist and bandleader of the 80’s outfit Charlie Pickett and the Eggs. Future episodes will highlight punk / rocker Rob Elba (The Holy Terrors / Shark Valley Sisters), and indie songwriters Roger Houdaille and Michelle Grand, also known as Ex-Norwegian. Additional artists from Nashville, TN and the UK will be announced soon.
Shot at Camacho’s South Miami home studio, the series is lensed and edited by Juan Davila, a frequent collaborator who produced many of Jim’s latest videos. Those interested in being a part of the open mic on March 23 at the Luna Star Café can email [email protected] to sign up – slots are limited.
For more information visit, AdventuresinSongwriting.net or call the Luna Star at305.799.7123.
ABOUT JIM CAMACHO
Miami native Jim Camacho is prolific at writing songs, musicals and scoring children’s theater productions. His initial foray into theater began with Fools’ Paradise, which was directed and choreographed by the acclaimed Jonathan Cerullo. The show ran as a full production in Miami and played to sold out workshops in New York. He has collaborated with Sesame Street and Disney veteran Noel MacNeal on several “Boo at the Zoo” Bronx Zoo productions, as well as Mouse King, which has become a new South Florida holiday tradition, enjoying annual sell out performances each year since premiering in 2013.
Camacho co-founded and led the standout group The Goods, which was active during the 1990s, worked with legendary producer Tom Dowd, won the prestigious “Album of the Year” Florida Jammy award, and reached #1 on the Billboard Florida Radio & Record charts with their single “I’m Not Average”. Their high-energy live show, outstanding musicianship and relentless touring led them to sign their second recording contract, this time with Polygram Records, and be featured in a VH1 documentary. The Goods shared the stage with Pearl Jam, The Smithereens, Cracker and Matthew Sweet, among others.
In 2016, Camacho released four singles and videos: “Make It to the Morning Light”, “Ugly / Messenger”, a split single collaboration Rob Elba (The Holy Terrors, Shark Valley Sisters), “How Do You Like Me Now”, and “Big Little World”; the latter two from his reissue Everywhere – Deluxe Edition. Jim is currently putting the finishing touches on a new full-length album for release in 2017, his first full-length since the critically-lauded Beachfront Defeat.
For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com.