ERIC BRACE & PETER COOPER WITH DAVID OLNEY
Friday, July 12th
7:30pm / doors at 6:30pm
Advance general admission: $10
At the door: $14
Table of 4 reserved seats: $50
Grammy nominees Eric Brace & Peter Cooper have created a body of work that reflects their journalistic sensibilities, a love of harmony and wry humor, and their deep respect for the masters they’ve played with.
April 2013 marks the release of Eric Brace & Peter Cooper’s third duo record, The Comeback Album, a sparkling set of songs that feature the pair’s splendid harmonies and deft storytelling.
The duo forayed into the world of children’s music with the Grammy-nominated I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow, was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition,” in USA Today and the Chicago Sun-Times, and was named a Top 5 Americana album by Rich Kienzle in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Produced by Brace and Cooper, the album features performances by Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Bobby Bare, Duane Eddy, Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook, as well as Brace, Cooper, and others.
Eric Brace & Peter Cooper are touring partners and have collaborated on two previous albums. On Master Sessions the pair fronted a band that featured pedal steel guitar legend Lloyd Green and dobro master Mike Auldridge, and the album made numerous critics’ Best-of 2010 lists. Their first record together, You Don’t Have To Like Them Both, was a Top Ten album on the Roots, Americana, and Folk charts.
Brace and Cooper have acclaimed music careers outside their work as a duo. Brace, a former music journalist for the Washington Post leads the renowned roots rock band Last Train Home. Started in Washington, DC in 1997, and now based in Nashville, Brace & LTH have released eight CDs, several EPs, and a full-length concert DVD, with a new album in the works.
On moving to Nashville, Brace found a kindred spirit in Peter Cooper, a music writer for the Tennessean and other publications, and a professor of country music at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. Cooper released two critically praised solo records, Mission Door from 2008 and The Lloyd Green Album in 2010 on Brace’s Red Beet Records label.
On tour, Brace and Cooper’s shows are engaging and funny and reflect the pair’s easy camaraderie. They can command the stage of a concert hall or festival with the same ease and intimate feel they bring to a coffeehouse. The duo has opened on large stages for John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Don Williams, Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell, Iris Dement, Chris Smither, Dan Tyminsky, Travis Tritt & Jerry Douglas, among others. They’ve shared the stage with Tom T. Hall, Jim Lauderdale, Suzy Bogguss, Dan Navarro, Marshall Chapman, Kim Carnes, Emmylou Harris, and others. They’ve recently played such U.S. festivals as Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Tin Pan South, Americana Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, 30A Songwriters, and Knoxville Rhythm and Blooms, as well as the Truck, Summertyne, and Maverick festivals in the U.K. They are frequent guest DJ’s on the legendary WSM radio station in Nashville.
“Eric Brace and Peter Cooper bring the sound of East Nashville to my radio shows. Authentic, intelligent and beautifully played….” — Bob Harris, BBC Radio
“In the tradition of Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, Olney has become
A PIONEER OF THE AMERICANA MUSIC SCENE.” ( The San Francisco Chronicle )
David Olney is one of the early pioneers of what’s known as Americana Music. His songs have been recorded by great artists like Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien, Ann Rabson and Lonnie Brooks to name a few. He has released more than 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. But he and long time friend Sergio Webb are at their very best on stage in front of a live audience.
“This was a ROOTS/AMERICANA DREAM TEAM that spoiled us rotten.
RIVETING and UNFORGETTABLE.” ( Americana-UK.com )
Olney and Webb create a live performance that is beyond description and at the same time tremendously memorable. Two men on stage, one looking like a 1950s private eye and the other like he just stepped off a spaghetti western movie set. One a master story teller and the other an ace guitar picker. Their highly theatrical performances have taken them to stages across America and around the world. “My idea of a good time is getting in front of an audience and giving them more than they expected.”
David’s first installment of his new series of thematic mini-albums – “David Olney Presents: FILM NOIR” (Deadbeet Records) – earned a spot on the Philadelphia City Paper Top 10 Roots Albums of 2011, citing, ‘these dark stories and their perfect small jewels of cool jazz must be honored for offering fascinating listening, both lyrically and musically.’ His second mini-album – “THE STONE” – was released in early 2012 and focuses on a fresh telling of the Easter story from varying points of view. A third thematic CD entitled “ROBBERY & MURDER” as well as a box set of the three EPs called “BODY OF EVIDENCE” will be released Oct. 30, 2012.
Keeping it current and keeping up with fans, David broadcasts every Tuesday on his website with his “You Never Know” video shorts – featuring the story behind a song and it’s performance along with other personal observations – in addition to sharing his other music videos and stellar classic poetry recitations (“The Rime of The Ancient Mariner” in seven parts!) on YouTube.