Interview with Cameron Brown of North Carolina-Based Rock Band, Of Good Nature
North Carolina-based rockers, Of Good Nature, have been touring relentlessly and are releasing hot new single, “Take Me Anywhere,” tomorrow, February 23rd. We had the opportunity to talk with Cameron Brown (Lead Vocals / Guitar) about touring and Southern cuisine! Check it Out!
So how is 2018 treating you so far?
The new year feels good. Lots of cool new stuff happening and great shows leading us into The Sail Across The Sun Cruise, which we are way pumped for!
What is a ”normal” day for you when you are not on tour?
I definitely have an earlier wake time at home than on the road. Usually it begins with a small breakfast and some laptop work for awhile. I like to get in some time playing the acoustic and writing if at all possible. I've come to realize how amazing home cooked meals are so I try to stick to those when were off tour. Spending time with family and friends is a must too.
Who is the bigger foodie in the band?
We all enjoy the foods, but I probably am the bigger foodie. I have some culinary background with school and working in the industry. It's fun to try different cuisines and dishes on the road with the guys. We always see what we can get David to eat.
Your in the middle of a lot of tour dates. Who gets to decide where you get to eat when out on the road?
We have gotten pretty good at Yelp and Google. When it's lunch time I enjoy finding the local spot that is cheap and delicious. The trend for us recently is a lot of Mediterranean / Middle Eastern Kebab type places, or Pho is always good on tour through the winter. We like our sauces and garnishes. Lots of sauce.
So North Carolina folks know their Barbeque. Would you rather eat only barbecue ribs for a year, or tell a barbecue pitmaster that his ribs sucked once?
Growing up on NC BBQ has been a treat, but I definitely would tell the pitmaster to send it. However, I will eat a side of NC slaw (white or red) for a year straight.
You can’t forget the shrimp and grits and the peach cobbler as well. What are some of the best Southern dishes?
Some of my favorite classic Southern dishes are Fried Fish or Chicken, Greens, Cornbread (Hot sauce on the previous are a given) Green Tomatoes, Pickles, Any Fresh Fruit Cobbler. I actually went real southern today and ate a Banana-Mayo Sandwich. Don’t judge.
What’s the best thing to eat that’s deep fried?
Some random food truck had Fried Deviled Eggs that were really dank. Some kind of spicy aioli too.
What is something every kitchen should be stocked with?
Proper cooking oils and seasonings. The right oil (or butter) for the dish is usually an after thought for some. Coconut oil and butter mix deliciously in a hot pan by the way.
Is there anything that you don’t enjoy eating?
Bar olives weird me out and usually just olives in general don’t taste good to me. I do like them in certain sauces and salads and stuff.
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why?
GT’s Kombucha on the cheap would be amazing. Probably not something I would drink every day, but I am dreaming here.
ABOUT OF GOOD NATURE:
Of Good Nature is an indie rock-reggae group that was formed in Charlotte, NC in 2011 by front-man, guitarist Cameron Brown and drummer, percussionist Joey Vachon. Coming up in the thriving music scene in the Queen City has been vital to the band’s early success, as well as the blending of rich musical styles which transcends foundations of rock-reggae to progressive instrumentals of funk and rock n’ roll. The sophisticated fusion of genres stem from the band's well-versed members; trombonist Brandon Hucks, bassist Jon Reed, and drummer David Hamilton Jr.
The 2011 debut album, Just Add Water, won Indie-Ville Reggae Album of the Year - Nashville, TN. On October 23rd 2015, their sophomore album, Life Worth Livin, debuted at #5 on the iTunes Top Reggae Album Chart. The band was featured in Irie Magazine : Cali Edition (November), scoring their own "Respect” multi-page write up and has thousands of monthly views and listens on Spotify + YouTube.
On June 23rd 2017, Of Good Nature hit the iTunes Reggae Single Charts. The single, “Sit Around”, features fellow rock-reggae frontman, Zach Fowler of Sun-Dried Vibes and was engineered + mixed by Ted Bowne (PASSAFIRE) in St. Petersburg, FL. The collaborative piece speaks to the anticipation and contemplation that comes along with creating and pushing passionate music out into the world. The band claims, “Ted was the ideal producer for this. His creative direction brought some tenacity to the song but still retained the relaxed pace the track was built on.”
However, fans wouldn’t call an OGN show relaxed; a tight energy of raw instrumentation blend with tasteful effects and a range of styles. The notable Reggae Rise Up Festival in St. Petersburg, FL added Of Good Nature to the already stacked bill through their Artist Discovery Series in early 2017, along with Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, Iration, Steel Pulse, The Green and MANY more. The guys have been invited back for their 2nd Sail Across The Sun Cruise hosted by Train. The ship sets sail in March 2018 (New Orleans, LA - Cozumel, Mexico) w/ Robert Randolph, Gym Class Heroes, Magic!, and many more.. The group continues to tour vigorously through 2017 and is leaving their mark across the US and Canada.
Of Good Nature has also shared the stage with headliners like Sublime with Rome, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Arrested Development, Natasha Beddingfield, Dropkick Murphys, Matt Nathanson, Keller Williams, Blues Traveler, Common Kings, George Porter Jr, PASSAFIRE, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, The Movement, Tribal Seeds, The Supervillains, Ballyhoo! and many others. Be on the lookout OGNation, Of Good Nature's National Tour is announced and tickets are live!