Camille West

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Camille West is on a roll as one of acoustic music's funniest singer/songwriters. Until recently, West has been relatively unknown outside of the Saratoga Springs, NY region. Although encouraged by the…
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Camille West is on a roll as one of acoustic music's funniest singer/songwriters. Until recently, West has been relatively unknown outside of the Saratoga Springs, NY region. Although encouraged by the late Lena Spencer of Cafe Lena, West focused most of her attention on raising two sons, Jason and Justin, until performing at her first open mic in 1989.

Things began to change for West in the mid-1990s. A two-song set during the new artists' showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in July 1994 led to her being voted one of four most-wanted artists. West's debut album, Mother Tongue, released in 1995, included tunes such as "I'm Dyslexic," "Root Canal of the Heart," and "The Nervous Wreck of Edna Fitzgerald." West's vocals and rhythm guitar playing were accompanied on the album by such top-notch acoustic musicians as Tony Trischka (banjo), Jay Ungar (fiddle), John Roberts (English concertina), Peter Ecklund (cornet and flugelhorn) and Billy Novick (clarinet).

West's greatest career break came in August 1997 when she was invited to replace Christine Lavin in the Four Bitchin' Babes. Her first show with the group, at the Birchmere in Alexandra, VA, was recorded and released on the album Gabby Road. West sang harmony and was the featured vocalist on new versions of her songs "I'm Dyslexic," "The Nervous Wreck of Edna Fitzgerald" and "L.A.F.F. (Ladies Against Fanny Floss)."