Cam is pictured sipping through a straw stabbed straight into a lemon on the cover of her debut album, Untamed. It’s a unique shot that breaks the mold of stereotypical country album covers, and also one that carries an underlying message that the singer lives — and writes songs — by.
“The idea of just drinking a lemon straight is, life is going to hand you a lot of things that you don’t necessarily want to deal with and you should not water it down and sweeten it up,” Cam tells Rolling Stone Country. “Drink it straight, and deal with it head-on. If you’re brave enough to take whatever it is head-on, you win. The world is yours.”
Untamed will be released December 11th, with a track list that blends barroom-ready uptempos with deep thinkers. Following the LP’s carefree, breakthrough hit, “My Mistake” is the haunting “Burning House,” which has already been certified gold and is one of the most buzzed-about tunes of the year.
Another track sure to have tongues wagging is the album’s opener, which was an easy choice for Cam when naming the album. “Untamed” is a song that suits both her personality and musical strategy.
“That song is about going to the place that the cops don’t go and having a party — but also doing things your own way,” she explains. “We weren’t being rebels on purpose; we just didn’t know how things were done.”
Cam is now gearing up for a whirlwind media tour in support of the album, followed by a gig opening shows on Brad Paisley’s 2016 tour.