I had a chance to sit down with Cameran Nelson this week to ask him a few questions about his next album, new music video for “35 Runs Both Ways” and what the future holds for this fast rising Country Music Star from Blanco.
Merannda Button: I hear you are doing some early work on your next album. When will that be coming out?
Cameran Nelson: We don’t have a date set yet, but we’re hoping for either the end of this year, or the beginning of next.
MB: What will be different about this album compared to Happy to Beer?
CN: We’re definitely going to keep with the fun, uptempo songs like “Reckless in Texas” and “Happy to Beer”, but we’re going to target it at a broader audience. We kind of limited ourselves with Reckless in Texas, to only Texas, so when we go out of state to play… they don’t want to hear that.
MB: Out of state! Where are you looking to play?
CN: We have dates booked in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and we’re working on one in Oklahoma. We’re just slowly easing our way beyond Texas. Of course, we want to play in Texas as much as we can and there are a lot of venues we haven’t tapped into yet. We’re not focusing on playing out of state really, but the opportunities do come up.
MB: Within Texas, you’ve had success on the radio charts.
CN: Yeah, we’ve charted 4 songs off the Happy to Beer album. We charted “Thrown” first, then we moved on to “Happy to Beer”, which got into the Top 40 on the Texas Regional Radio Report. “Reckless in Texas” also did really well for us; getting to #31. The song that’s out right now, “35 Runs Both Ways”, made it into the Top 20 in it’s third week. This week it went to #7 on the Texas Regional Radio Report and has cracked the Top 20 on the Texas Music Chart at #19.
MB: You’ve even been nominated for some music awards.
CN: This year I got nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, and Record of the Year for “Reckless in Texas” in the Texas Music Awards. In the Texas Regional Radio Awards I got nominated for New Male Vocalist. It’s really cool to be nominated, and we won’t know the results until after March.
MB: You have a new video coming out for “35 Runs Both Ways.”
CN: We wanted the video to come out while the song was doing well on the charts. It should be ready pretty soon.
MB: You featured some Special Guests in the video for “Reckless in Texas”. Do you have any Special Guests lined up for “35 Runs Both Ways?”
CN: We do! You know Roger Creager made an appearance in our “Reckless in Texas” video. We’re keeping this one closer to home, featuring band members and friends, and my lovely wife Lindsey plays the leading lady.
MB: You’ve recently played some bigger shows, just last week you played at the San Antonio Rodeo.
CN: We played the plaza stage right outside of the AT&T Center. We did a 45 minute set before Dierks Bentley went on inside, and then we did another 2 hours set after he finished. It was cool because there were people there who knew who we were. There was a huge crowd and a lot of them were singing along to the songs off the CD. That was definitely one of the bigger crowds that’s ever done that.
MB: What are some big shows that you have coming up?
CN: We’re playing with Dustin Finch for Laredo Fest. These last two years have been really big for him, his last breakout song was “Cowboys and Angels”, which rocketed up the Billboard charts. It should be a good show. I’ve been told there should be around 15,000 to 20,000 people there.
MB: You also have a great local following.
CN: Blanco has been a great support. It was a great place to start this project. I’ve done a lot of projects throughout the years that weren’t exactly what I wanted to be doing. Finally the opportunity came up to write my own stuff and start my own thing, and Blanco has welcomed me with open arms, especially the Riverside Bar. A lot of the fans we see at shows are friends from right here in Blanco that travel to see us. It’s good to see familiar faces when you go to strange places.
MB: Anything else you’d like to add?
CN: I just want saw a quick Thank You to my sponsors; Rebecca Creek Whiskey, Reese’s Truck Pieces, Rivalry Screen Printing, and Fredericksburg Trade Days.
We at the Blanco County News wish Cameran the best of luck on his upcoming album and award nominations.