CAMPBELL & GREEN LAUNCH LATEST, WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES

I don't know what to call adult music any more. Let's look at it; hippies from the '60's are in their 60's. The people who invented and enjoyed the first rock and roll sounds are in their 70's. That means there are some grandparents who think The Rolling Stones were/are the best, and others who prefer The Carpenters. So I always hesitate to throw around age-related descriptions.

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Nova Scotia's Campbell & Green are certainly adults, happily owning up to being 50-somethings. They act like it in some ways, and act like kids in others. For the latter, the married couple have taken to a new life as full-time musicians with youthful zeal, releasing albums, changing their lifestyle, hitting the concert trail, doing lots of promotion, essentially becoming brand-new people. They moved from B.C. to Nova Scotia a few years back, and started song-writing with a goal of making albums and doing lots of originals at shows. They'd always played and performed in previous careers, but this was like starting out fresh, except with lots of smarts and experience built up as well. Now on album three, the duo are doing all their own material and setting out on a summer of live dates.

They don't try to sound like kids in their music though; no hip-hop or electro beats, instead they do what they love, which is a warm folk and pop sound, heavy on the melodies, harmonies and easy-on-the-ear playing. Keyboards, acoustic guitar, and the voices are the main sounds, the couple sharing leads. Cailin Green handles the pretty numbers, such as Way Too Easy, Robert Campbell gets more of the up tempo ones, but they both get to have fun on numbers such as Love Makes One and Goin' To Tahiti. It's a nice blend between melodic numbers and clap-along entertainment.

Songs like One Simple Glance would have been sure-fire hits on pop radio in the '70's; a lovely melody, easy to remember and emotional lyrics, sweet harmonies. Campbell & Green are filling a void for fans of mellow and pleasing pop. That audience that has always been out there but rarely does a group come along that's making new music for them. The new album When One Door Closes gets its launch show Saturday night, June 13 at the Music Room in Halifax.

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About Bob Mersereau

Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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