FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jim Camacho and Rob Elba Issue a Virtual Split 7” Single May 20, Celebrate at Gramps
Singer-songwriters each performed and recorded a song written by the other, celebrate their release with a special mashup performance at Gramps in Wynwood
Miami, FL – May 3, 2016 – Two of Miami’s premier singer-songwriters, Jim Camacho (The Goods) and Rob Elba (The Holy Terrors, Shark Valley Sisters) long associated through friendship and prominence in the South Florida music scene, have joined musical forces to release a split single of original material. Recorded at Dan Hosker Studio in Miami Beach by another scene heavy, Frank “Rat Bastard” Falestra, the new release features an Elba song performed by Camacho called “Messenger” and one penned by Camacho and sung by Elba, “Ugly”.
The two tracks will be available for download and streaming. The release will be celebrated with a special evening of live music at Gramps (176 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127-4414), on Friday, May 20, 2016, a night which will feature performances by all three (Camacho, Elba and Falestra), plus a set by Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers. Doors open at 9 p.m., music begins at 10 p.m., and the cover is $5. 21 and over are welcome.
“Although, I’ve played countless shows with Rob over the years, I’ve always wanted to work with him in the studio,” says Camacho. “This project was the perfect opportunity for it, the timing was right, and I’m truly looking forward to sharing both the song and the video with everyone.” Shot at the two artists’ musical stomping and proving grounds Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti, the videos, featuring cameo appearances by club founder Dave Daniels, are being produced and edited by Juan Davila from 2 Way Creative, Camacho’s long-time associate.
Elba offers: “So I have known Jim for over 25 years, and for the past 10 or so we have been threatening to collaborate on something. We decided to record the two songs with Rat because we knew he wouldn’t let us get too precious with them. You have to have a fairly good amount of confidence to record with Rat, because he will either tell you something sucks or not say anything at all – which can either mean he loves it or he’s just completely given up on you. He’s either a genius producer or a complete dick…most likely a combination of the two.”
The pair will appear on Shake 108 FM’s “Local Love” show Wednesday, May 18, 2016 to promote the singles and the event, performing live and speaking with host Aimee Beah Moore. Listeners can tune in to 107.9 FM locally or on the web at www.Shake108.com outside the 305.
ABOUT JIM CAMACHO
Miami native Jim Camacho’s solo career has seen him release five collections of songs, including Stalker Songs, which earned a Gold Remi award in the Music Video category at the 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for the song titled “Houdini.” His material garnered “Best Acoustic Performer” (2005) and “Best Album” (2009 for Beachfront Defeat) honors from the Miami New Times. The Browa
Last year, Jim released two singles: “Ophelia” in February and “Please Come Home” in July. In 2016, he will issue a virtual split 7” single with singer / songwriter Rob Elba (Holy Terrors / Shark Valley Sisters); more singles are in the works. His latest release is “Make It to the Morning Light”, which is now available as a pay-what-you-like for charity download on Bandcamp.
Camacho has also become prolific at writing musicals and scoring children’s theater productions. His initial foray into the realm began with Fools’ Paradise, which was directed and choreographed by the acclaimed Jonathan Cerullo.
He has collaborated with Sesame Street and Disney veteran Noel MacNeal on Who Put the Trick in Trick or Treat: Tales of Amazing Tricksters, Beasts of the Magical World, and The Carnival of Extraordinary Animals – all of which enjoyed runs during the “Boo at the Zoo” at the Bronx Zoo 2012-2014. In 2015, Camacho premiered Digging for Bones, a musical about a group of time-travelling paleontologists and a friendly T-Rex dinosaur skeleton, and enjoyed a third successful run of a collaboration with MacNeal, Mouse King, which has become a new South Florida holiday tradition, enjoying multiple sell out performances.
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 topped 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 a recording contract with Polygram Records and be featured in a VH1 documentary. The Goods shared the stage with Pearl Jam, The Smithereens, Cracker and Matth