Jack Ingram and Cameran Nelson at the East Texas Yamboree Barn Dance
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The East Texas Yamboree is one of the longest running festivals in Texas with well over one hundred thousand people attending every year.
What makes the Yamboree special to so many people?
Many would say it’s the great carnival that expands every year with many exciting new rides and attractions. Others have said that its the wonderful Queen’s Coronation Pageant with all its beautiful and talented young ladies and the spectacle that they bring to our stage. Then there’s the Livestock Show and Sale where one gets to enjoy seeing the animals and shop projects that our youth have worked so hard on for sale.
Others love the barn dance where we get to see the rising young stars of country music and dance the night away. Let’s not forget the the school and the grand spectacle of the Queen’s Parade, gospel singing, the outside exhibits where people come to sell all types of wares. Then we have the art and photography shows, the food (that’s one of my favorites), high school football, spending time with family and old friends plus myriad other activities taking place over this special weekend in October.
All of these things and more make the East Texas Yamboree an event that people come from all over the world to enjoy every year.
Head to Gilmer, Texas and see for yourself what makes the Yamboree special to so many of us; you won’t be disappointed.
About Jack Ingram
Throughout a recording career that has spanned more than 20 years, Jack Ingram has maintained a reputation for uncompromising, personally charged song craft and energetic, charismatic performances, earning him prominent stature in a prestigious tradition of iconoclastic singer-songwriters. Ingram’s prior work has won him a fiercely devoted fan base as well as reams of critical acclaim, and now Midnight Motel marks a creative milestone for the veteran artist, his sound ever evolving while showcasing some of his most expressive, emotionally raw songwriting to date.
Ingram made Midnight Motel independently to avoid outside influences and have creative freedom to write and record. “It was really important to me at this point in my life to avoid thinking about any commercial decisions about the music,” explains Ingram. “Every night after my kids went to bed, I’d go into my music room and stay in there until about three or four, just working out the songs like I did at the beginning of my career. Or while on the road, sit up late at night writing in motel rooms. I wanted to bring people into that space with me.”
And so Midnight Motel turned into an album that is as real and honest as it could be. “Signing with Rounder Records to release this album was a perfect fit because of their expertise and love for good music, no matter the genre,” Ingram says.
His eighth studio album, and his first since his 2009 smash Big Dreams & High Hopes, Midnight Motel features spare, stripped-down instrumental arrangements that highlight the intimacy and urgency of such new originals as “I’m Drinking Through It,” “Nothing to Fix,” “Can’t Get Any Better Than This,” and “All Over Again.” The album’s organic late-night vibe is perfectly suited to the material, and brings out the emotional edge in Ingram’s deeply felt vocals.
Midnight Motel was cut with Ingram and the musicians recording live in the same room, with minimum overdubbing or sonic trickery. With understated audio-verite production by fellow Texas singer-songwriter Jon Randall and a stellar studio band including guitarist Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan, Arc Angels) and drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Dire Straits), along with bassist Robert Kearns and keyboardist Bukka Allen from Ingram’s longstanding Beat Up Ford Band, the 11-song set demonstrates how Ingram’s artistry has widened and deepened over time.
“I couldn’t have made this record when I was 25, because I just didn’t have the experience then,” he asserts, adding, “It’s kind of a concept record, but it’s a loose concept. There’s the late-night thing, and the travel, and then there’s the concept about not letting go of the important relationships, even if they’re not working. These songs are all about loving, troubled longterm relationships, whether it’s with the music business or my wife or my family.”
The road to Midnight Motel has been a long and sometimes rocky one for Ingram, who was named Best New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in 2008, despite the fact that he’d already been rocking honky tonks, theaters, and stadiums for a decade and a half by then. He began writing songs and playing gigs while studying psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and quickly earned a rabidly devoted audience while performing high-energy live shows in bars and roadhouses throughout his home state.
Ingram’s remarkably loyal fans enthusiastically embraced his early, independently released albums Jack Ingram, Lonesome Questions, and Live At Adair’s. His indie success helped to win him acceptance within the Nashville major-label mainstream, and he expanded his constituency with such acclaimed national releases as Livin’ or Dyin’, Hey You, Electric, Young Man as well as the live albums Live at Billy Bob’s Texas, Live at Gruene Hall: Happy Happy, and Acoustic Motel.
Ingram moved to the Big Machine label with 2006’s Wherever You Are, which spawned a pair of major country hits in the title track, which became his first Number One single, and its Top 20 follow-up, “Love You.” His next studio effort, 2007’s This Is It, hit the Top Five on the U.S. country charts and produced a trio of hits in “Lips of An Angel,” “Measure of A Man,” and “Maybe She’ll Get Lonely.” Big Dreams & High Hopes followed two years later, spawning five chart singles, including the Top 10 “Barefoot and Crazy” and the Top 20 “That’s A Man.”
For Midnight Motel, Ingram was looking to create something different. “Something inside me was itching to do this,” he recalls. “The pressure in my chest was just so heavy that the only way I could get it off was to write these songs. Frank Liddell, who produced my record Electric in 2001, gave me some great advice: he said, ‘Go away and do something great while no one’s looking.’ That became my motto for this project. I just decided that I was just gonna do the best work I could do, and have it take as long as it takes. I didn’t care about trying to be technically perfect; I just wanted to be emotionally available. I can honestly say it was the best recording experience I’ve ever had. The waters got rough, but I really had a ball and enjoyed navigating that course.”
Rather than shooting conventional music videos to promote Midnight Motel, Ingram and noted filmmaker Michael Tully (Ping Pong Summer, Septien) have created a short companion-piece film incorporating the album’s songs and featuring Ingram as a troubled troubadour. The short film was screened at both the Dallas International Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival.
About Cameran Nelson
Fuse Texas Country grit with down-home rock n’ roll and you get Cameran Nelson, a true Texas Troubadour whose roots run deep across 1,815 miles of the Lone Star State from Haskell, Texas where he was born to living South of Kingsville, East of Rockwall, West of Lubbock and now settled in the hill country town of Blanco.
Nelson’s knack for the neon lights and passion for the stage all started at the age of thirteen when he began playing bass in his dad’s country band. At fifteen, he spent a few years selling merchandise for the late, great Gary Stewart, where he learned how the “King of Honky Tonk” entertained crowds. The calling for music took him to the West Texas plains to pursue an education in music. With a music scholarship in hand, Nelson attended the South Plains College in Levelland, Texas where he studied vocals and guitar.
After graduating, Nelson released his first full length album in 2013 entitled “Happy to Beer” and was nominated for three Texas Music Awards: Male Vocalist, Rising Star, and Record of the Year. Following the charted success with singles, “Thrown”, “Happy to Beer”, and “Reckless in Texas,” Nelson landed his first [multi-week] #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report and the Texas Music Chart with “35 Runs Both Ways.” His current project, “Good Thing Going”, has earned him two more #1 hits with “SHOTGUN” and “You Can Still Wear White.”
The esteemed singer-songwriter’s charting success comes from his ability to pull inspiration from a deep well of life experiences. From his overwhelming love for his wife and three children to the tragic loss of his best friend and guitar player in a car accident at the age of 17, Nelson is able to tap into the emotional depths of his fans with songs that strike universal chords.
While songwriting is a craft and passion, getting on stage is what Nelson does best. Nelson has captivated fans across the nation with his high-energy show, performing with Country music mainstays Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Randy Rogers Band, Jack Ingram, Kevin Fowler, Aaron Watson and many more.
“Getting on stage and playing is just that! – Play! The work is over and we get to cut loose and have some fun,” says Nelson about his live performances. “We like to throw in our influences here and there, which can get diverse and fun at times.”
While on tour this fall, Nelson will release his highly anticipated sophomore album Good Thing Going after signing a distribution deal with Smith Music [of the Live at Billy Bob’s fame]. The new project will include the title-track “Good Thing Going,” along with chart-toppers “SHOTGUN” and ”You Can Still Wear White,” and collaborative work with Texas Country’s cheeky crooner Kevin Fowler on “Beer Lease.” Nelson will be hitting the road with the current sexy, feel-good single, “Nothing’s Got Nothin’ On You,” that leaves nothing to the imagination for fans.