Roger Creager

Brewster Street Ice House presents

Roger Creager

Cameran Nelson

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$17.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

Minors subject to $3 surcharge upon entry.

Roger Creager
Roger Creager
For more than a decade, Roger Creager built a reputation on his distinctive brand of hard-core, rabble-rousing Texas Country music, on his rich, full-bodied voice that can carry a tune for miles, and on his exceptional ability to work thousands of Texans into a rabid frenzy with his voice and guitar, in the great concert tradition of Jerry Jeff Walker and Robert Earl Keen. Along the way, he's been writing some mighty fine instant classics about family heirlooms, fields of bluebonnets, and late night trips to Mexico. Four albums, hundreds of thousands of road miles, and an ever-expanding fan base later, Here It Is has Roger Creager laying his cards on the table with thirteen songs that are arguably his best batch yet.

"It's been five years since I've put out anything new," Roger says. "So it's five years of evolving and maybe even maturing, although it's still me." Actually, it's more of him than ever. For the first time, he's written or co-written every song on the album.

The first single, "I'm From the Beer Joint" plays to Creager's honky-tonk wildcat image informed by his live album, as he declares his preference for independent drinking establishments. "It's not going to change any lives, but it sure is fun," Creager laughs about the sing-along, before turning serious. "But who wants to listen to a whole album of that?" He's aiming for something higher.

"I hope there's a song here that penetrates your soul, too," he says, leaning forward. "There's a few that may do just that. I aimed with a shotgun. I really did try to mix it up. There's love songs [Missing You], drinking songs [the aforementioned "Beer Joint"], up-tempo dancing songs [I Love Being Lonesome], groovy little tunes [Tangle Me in You], one about a man who's screwed up and he's driving like hell through the middle of the night to get home [Driving Home]. 'I Loved You When' is my best story song yet. It doesn't even tell the whole story. It doesn't have to. It gives you just enough to know there's a history there. It's all you need to know."

The two catalysts behind the album were Lloyd Maines, the go-to producer who produced Creager's first albums, and Radney Foster, the Texas kid from Del Rio, whose songs and productions have established him as one of country music's most innovative and edgy operators. Radney teamed up with Justin Tocket, a talented producer himself, to co-produce this project. But Roger himself is the biggest catalyst of all.

The Corpus Christi native was raised on songs like Guy Clark's "Desperadoes Waiting For A Train" and Gary P. Nunn's "You Ask Me What I Like About Texas" and under the influence of Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, and Jimmy Buffett, along with Willie, Waylon, Cash, Merle, and even Sinatra.

He graduated from college and spent two years in Houston working a 8-5 gig. He finally listened to his heart and moved back to College Station to pursue a life in music. Working without a paycheck was liberating. "I'd always been a slacker," Roger admits, "and I could easily see myself failing in music because I wasn't trying hard enough. So I promised myself that would be one excuse I'd never use. I just got out there and busted my hump."

In 1998, he released Having Fun, then blew open the doors two years later with I Got the Guns. The title track, a striking piece about his granddad and his family, became a staple on more than 200 radio stations programming Texas Country Music. Long Way To Mexico and Live Across Texas grew his audience beyond state lines.

Here It Is speaks to those broadening horizons. "I was in 14 countries last year," Roger says. "I want to take our music to a wider audience without compromising the integrity of the music. I'm taking some of who I am to where I'm going."

"I've always tried to make records where every song is different so I can listen to them over and over again instead of forty five minutes of essentially the same song," he says. With Here It Is, he can do just that. This go-round, he's staying on for the whole ride.
Cameran Nelson
Cameran Nelson
Cameran and his band are touring extensively and his new album "Happy To Beer" released in June 2013. This album includes the tracks "Thrown", which reached #70 on the Texas Regional Radio Report, "Happy To Beer", which remained on the Texas charts for 26 weeks and reached #19 on the TexNet50 music chart, "Reckless In Texas" which made the Texas Charts just one week after its late August release and climbed into the top 40 at #31, and the single "35 Runs Both Ways" which debuted on the Texas Regional Radio Report with the Trifecta at #66 and made it to #1 in only 13 weeks, and #1 on the Texas Music Chart. Cameran's latest single "Shotgun" released in July of 2014 debuted on the TRRR with the highest debut at #39 and #49 on the Texas Music chart. Look for the new album on iTunes and CDBaby . For a hard copy visit mytexasmusic.org.
If you added all the miles Cameran has lived in Texas since being born in Haskell, Texas, to living south of Kingsville, East of Rockwall, west of Lubbock and now living in the hill country, Cameran is from 1,815 miles of Texas! Cameran, with his high-energy Texas sound and energetic live show, has shared the stage with acts such as Lee Brice, Roger Creager, Randy Rogers Band, Kevin Fowler, Aaron Watson, Jack Ingram, Cody Johnson, Josh Ward, Reckless Kelly, Gary P. Nunn, Mickey and The Motorcars, Bart Crow, Charlie Pride, Gene Watson, Rick Trevino, The Rankin Twins, Dustin Lynch, Jason Eady, Granger Smith, Kyle Park and many more. In early 2013, Cameran was nominated for 3 Texas Music Awards (TMA), Male Vocalist, Rising Star, and Record of the Year. In 2014, Cameran was nominated for New Male Vocalist (TRRMA) and Record Of The Year "Happy To Beer" (Texas Music Academy) and won the Male Vocalist of the Year award (TMA).

"Getting on stage and playing is just that!" says Cameran about his show. "The work is over and we get to cut loose and have some fun!"

With a commanding yet natural stage presence and a voice full of gravelly emotion, he has the ability to keep a crowd pleasantly occupied; a trait no doubt instilled in him by his musical background. Cameran spent a few years selling merchandise for the late great Gary Stewart. While working for Gary, Cameran was able to see how the "King of Honky Tonk" kept a crowd entertained, and also learned how to play a few of Gary's hits from Gary himself. At the age of thirteen, Cameran began playing bass in his dad's country band and built on this foundation by furthering his education at South Plains College, where he studied voice and guitar.

Pulling from a deep well of life experiences, he writes songs that strike universal chords. He knows all too well about loss, after losing his best friend and guitar player in a car accident at the age of 17. Delivering a love song is as natural as the love for his wife and three children. He's not afraid to get a little "wild and reckless" as well, as his single, "Reckless in Texas" can attest. "I'm so grateful to be able to do this. I love getting to share our show and songs with new audiences," says Cameran.
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Brewster Street Ice House
1724 North Tanchua St
Corpus Christi, TX, 78401
http://www.brewsterstreet.net/

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