Interview: Cammy Black on his American adventure
It was back in 2012 that Cammy Black first launched himself as a solo act into the local music scene with a band that was made up of some of the most talented local musicians around. They were relentless, playing numerous gigs around the region and gaining an impressively huge following in a relatively short space of time. And it didn’t stop there – Cammy and the band went on to play even bigger venues including headline gigs at Glasgow’s much loved King Tut’s, and scoring major support slots for Vigo Thieves, Prides and We Came From Wolves. Audiences loved Cammy’s down-to-earth approach and there was not a single element of cockiness to be seen or heard. This is a guy who clearly lives for the music and who is genuinely unsettled when he doesn’t have a musical project on the go.
Cammy has just returned from playing some pretty significant gigs in America, and we managed to catch up with him so he could tell us all about it…
Small Town Sounds: Hello Cammy! You’ve been busy touring America, how long for?
Cammy Black: I was there for about 4 weeks.
STS: How did it all come about?
CB: My good pal Mick Hargan from Glasgow plays out there quite regularly. He’s asked me the last few times so this time I just bit the bullet and came out. I’ve always wanted to come to the states but was scared I wouldn’t get in!
STS: Where have you visited?
CB: I’ve played in Boston, two gigs in New York, New Jersey and LA, and visited Vegas for a few days too!
STS: Any highlights/favourite places?
CB: I stayed in Asbury Park for a few days and that was one of the highlights. That’s where The Boss (Bruce Springsteen) cut his teeth, so to speak. His first album was “Greetings from Asbury Park” and one of my favorite songs of all time is 4th July, Asbury Park. I was like a kid at Christmas there. It’s just a wee place too – probably the size of Annan – just a wee holiday town on the shore but it was like visiting the holy land to me!
STS: What are the gig venues you’ve played like?
CB: The gigs and venues have been class, better than I thought they would be, ha!
STS: What are the audiences like – are they enthusiastic or more reserved?
CB: The audiences have been great too! Americans love life, they’re great. They listen when you want them to, cheer when you want them to and all that, so it was spot on!
STS: Have you had any gigs that particularly stand out?
CB: All the gigs went pretty well, Mick and I were saying that we’ve been lucky – they’ve all been decent! Not sure if any stand out above the rest. The Rockwood Music Hall in New York was a great venue tho!!!
STS: Have there been any occasions where things haven’t quite turned out the way you’d hoped whilst in America?
CB: Where things haven’t turned out to plan?! Eh no really, I missed two flights but they just fired me on the next ones! Also some auld fella about 70 wrote his number on a napkin and gave it to me, I wasn’t too chuffed about that, think I ran hame after that!
STS: What else have you done whilst in America?
CB: What else have I done…erm, all sorts! Drove from LA to Vegas that was good, and drove to Slab City before that, a cool hippy kinda place right off the grid! It was quality – it was on the bucket list to go there! Went to watch the UFC a couple nights in Vegas too, and went to a Conor McGregor press conference. The man’s a legend! I’ve done all sorts though – it’s been ace!!
STS: Did you take your mum and sister with you too?
CB: Aye, my Mam n sister Emily came out for a week, think they saw two gigs! They loved it. It was great to see them and I missed them when they left!
STS: What are your future music plans for when you return home?
CB: Plans for when I’m home…take over the world! Ha! I’ve got loads of plans, quite busy, got a new band, 13 Crowes, on the go and I’ve got loads of cool stuff happening with them including an EP, album and tour in next few months. Going to bring out another EP with The Sinking Ships too and sort out some local gigs with both! Busy! Flat oot!
STS: If you could play one venue anywhere in the world, where/what would it be?
CB: Right now it’d probably be the Stone Pony in Asbury Park! It’s a legendary place. Or the Barras!!!
Oh, another highlight is you don’t have to pay for plastic bags when you’re shopping! They’re not 5p over here – they cost nowt! ?
STS: Haha worth knowing! Thanks Cammy – we’ll catch you soon!