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Steph Cameron: Gold Dust Woman

This fresh cover of a Fleetwood Mac fave shows that the critically-acclaimed Saskatoon folk songstress is branching out from her solo and acoustic template. Her strong and pure voice remains the focus, and the fuller sound is pleasing.

Steph Cameron: Gold Dust Woman

By Kerry Doole

Steph Cameron -  "Gold Dust Woman," (Pheromone Recordings): This Saskatoon-based singer/songwriter has released two albums that dazzled many critics yet never quite got the recognition they deserved. She returns with a new track, Cameron's first since the 2017 release of her Daybreak Over Jackson Street full-length.


A cover of the Stevie Nicks-penned Fleetwood Mac hit, it reportedly signals a new direction for Cameron, as it is her first fully accompanied outing (her earlier material was all solo and acoustic). A label press release terms this "a taste of what's to come" from the new songs she is working on in the studio.

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Explaining her choice of cover, Cameron says  "'Gold Dust Woman' is a powerful example of Stevie Nicks' ability to write elegant, spellbinding lyrics and melodies to use them to paint a song in unusual and mystical terms. I have always sung this song, and when the guitar came together for me; I knew I had to cover it."

Her strong and pure voice is rightfully placed front and centre here. Fluent guitar and vocal harmonies result in a full sound that reminds us of the beauty of the original while adding a freshness. It will be interesting to see how Cameron's stylistic change works out, but this is a promising start.

Cameron begins a 15-date tour of Ireland, the UK, and Europe with Twin Bandit on Jan. 18. Itinerary here

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Publicity: Erin Carroll, Cadence Music

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