Dug deep into the rich soil of American music,
Cope's roots are complex. You may think of Bill
Withers or Neil Young or John Lee Hooker or Van
Morrison or Willie Nelson or Al Green. Yet,
Listening to Cope, you also may think of none of
the above. You may not think at all, but rather
feel a man exposing stories that haunt his heart.
He was born Clarence Greenwood, a child of the
seventies, and his life journey is as singular as
his art. He is the radically mashed-up product of
Greenville, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee;
Vernon, Texas; Austin, Texas; Washington, DC; and
Brooklyn, New York. These locations are felt
everywhere in his stories. His sounds are
southern rural, big sky lonely, concrete urban,
and painfully romantic.
In the past nine years, he has produced four
albums of depth and distinction, each a critical
chapter in his search for a sound that paints an
auditory American landscape in which despair wars
with hope and hope, tied to love, is elusive.
Cope's musical education was catch-as-catch can.
Folk tales whether through William Faulkner or
Big Bill Broonzy shaped his sensitivity. A few
college courses at Texas Tech alternately bored
and excited him. In the Austin of the eighties,
he took sound classes and found himself fooling
with a primitive four-track setup. Turntables
intrigued him. He heard hip hop as inspired
invention. For years, he got lost in his
self-designed lab, cooking up beats and motifs
that only later would be shaped into songs.
The new album features the title track, One
Lovely Day which is featured in the movie
"Battleship," and is already climbing the charts