Trip to Nepal Inspired Cam's 'Burning House'

(Radio.com) One of the new names making big waves in country music recently is Cam, aka Camaron Marvel Ochs. Much of that attention is thanks to her hit single, "Burning House," which is a very unusual song in today's country music landscape.

The song uses only acoustic guitars, piano and a string section. No electronics, drums or even percussion. And the song was inspired by a trip that was also unusual, especially among country musicians: she spent some time volunteering in Nepal.

Cam recently told Radio.com about the trip, and how it led to "Burning House." "I went through a volunteer organization," she noted. "There was a lot that that trip did for me. Meeting people who have a lot less than we do in America, and who are super busy with the regular tasks that we have machines do for us: their whole day could be just cooking and doing laundry. And yet they're just so happy. It also helped me value the idea of slowing down. The south is really good at this too: if you see someone you know, you stop and have a conversation. Whereas in California, we'll smile and say hi, but we're busy so we don't stop to talk."

"When I was on that trip, my boyfriend at the time was supposed to come meet me, and we were going to do some traveling. The day before he was supposed to come, I told him, 'If you come, we're just going to be friends.' And I told him over email. And it wasn't very nice. And that was the breakup that I felt so bad about, that I had that dream about a burning house. That's a very embarrassing story because it was a very hurtful thing to do." Read more here.

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