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Tortuga Music Festival: Cam's California country

Tortuga Music Festival: Cam's California country

Few new country-music artists had a 2015 to match that of Cam, whose unorthodox summer single, “Burning House,” landed on many critics’ year-end best-of lists and propelled her major-label debut album, “Untamed,” to No. 2 on Billboard’s top country albums sales chart when it was released in December.

No fiery roll in the hay, “Burning House” is a stark and anguished confessional, sung from the point of view of a woman filled with regret at seeing her ex. But the song flips the typical country script: It is the woman who is haunted by having ruined the relationship.

Written by Cam, friend Tyler Johnson and Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bhasker, “Burning House” was nominated...