Rocker shows her acoustic side in solo album

Amy MacKenzie
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Christine Campbell to perform in New Glasgow

Christine Campbell will perform at the Thistle Bar and Grill in New Glasgow Thursday, May 23 at 9:30 p.m.

NEW GLASGOW – Christine Campbell is known for her vicious and dynamic vocal performances with the award-winning rock band Stone Mary, but she shows a more sensitive side of her musicality as she laments love and loss on her debut self-titled solo album.

Campbell says the songs she wrote for Stone Mary were based on themes of growing up and parties, but there’s more to her writing than that. She showcases her acoustic side in the songs on her solo album. The record of 10 original songs features piano ballads, acoustic blues, roots and country, all of which locals can hear when she performs at Thistle Bar and Grill in New Glasgow Thursday night.

“I had love songs that I couldn’t play with the band. You can’t really fist pump to certain love songs, so I thought, 'why not make a whole CD and put all the songs there?'” Campbell said in a phone interview. “For my acoustic album, there was some love songs and a lot of the songs are dedicated to a lot people I’ve lost. I’ve lost a couple guys and music is the way I’ve been able to find an outlet to vent.”

Campbell had some help from some of the East Coast’s most accomplished songwriters including Irish Mythen, Thom Swift and Matt Andersen. Campbell said it was an incredible experience collaborating with some of the Maritime’s best artists.

“Irish is so fun to play with. She’s just a ball of energy and she’s amazingly talented,” she said. “Thom Swift was the first person that I really did a co-write with because he basically came in, played my song and put such a cool spin on it that it just changed the song for me.”

Campbell said a song featuring Matt Andersen is special to her because of the content of the song and the fact that Andersen is someone she looks up to as a musician. 

“The song that he sings on is dedicated to somebody I love very much that died when I was young and it was based on a dream I had and a conversation we had in that dream,” she said. “To have somebody that I admire so much playing the part of somebody that I cared about so much really meant a lot.”

Campbell said she will be busy this summer touring to promote her solo album while Stone Mary is on pause. She said Stone Mary will likely rock again, but at the moment the band members are working on separate projects. 

Campbell said she isn’t wasting anytime in releasing a follow up to her solo album and will be going to Nashville in June for songwriting sessions for her next record.

“That record is going to be probably more in between Stone Mary and this solo album. I’m definitely a rocker at heart so I’m going to have some of those elements there,” she said, adding that she’ll be playing more piano in her next album. “So it will be a little bit in between.”

The show at the Thistle Bar and Grill in New Glasgow Thursday evening begins at 9:30 p.m.

For more information on Christine Campbell visit christinecampbellmusic.ca

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Geographic location: New Glasgow, East Coast, Nashville

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