Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Cameron Knowler

Artwork for ‘Places Of Consequence.’ Courtesy of Cameron Knowler Bandcamp page.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Music is one of the few things that can spark memories that will take you back to a certain time and place.

After his duo record with Eli Winter garnered acclaim from fans and various music outlets alike, guitarist Cameron Knowler used the intersection of place and sound as the inspiration for his solo debut album ‘Places Of Consequence,’ recently released via American Dreams.

The new material has been described to “straddle the divide between pastoral guitar arrangements and Western noir soundscape,” musically comparable to the likes of Yasmin Williams, Norman Blake and Ry Cooder’s ‘Paris, Texas.’

The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with Knowler about ‘Places Of Consequence’ and more.

Music Bugle – What was your goal for ‘Places Of Consequence’?

Cameron Knowler – It’s hard to say if I had a goal or not. Most importantly, I wanted it to serve as a document for how I approach traditional music; my brand of it, at least.

Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?

Cameron Knowler – Lately, I’ve been listening to Faye Webster, Superwolves, Sam Gendel and Duke Ellington.

Music Bugle – What is your favorite riff to play?

Cameron Knowler – Anything from Mother Maybelle Carter.

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Cameron Knowler – No shows, or seeing my friends!

Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?

Cameron Knowler – The line between leisure and work is pretty porous. Most likely, a book.

Music Bugle – What has been your biggest challenge lately?

Cameron Knowler – Not taking myself too seriously and writing guitar parts.

Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?

Cameron Knowler – Helps.

Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you come from? 

Cameron Knowler – Roadside culture.

Music Bugle – What was the moment that made you want to become a musician? 

Cameron Knowler – I’m not sure if I actually had a moment like that.

Music Bugle – What do you hope for by the end of 2021?

Cameron Knowler – A fully vaccinated population, more shows and odd encounters.

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