Gene Watson's peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2013, were most gracious with their time and words.
It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Peter Cooper, which he submitted to this site on Saturday 31 August 2013.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Peter Cooper who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Saturday 31 August 2013.
'Gene Watson's is one of the most enigmatic, intriguing and powerful instruments in country music history.
I'm honoured to be included.
Gene Watson is a treasure'.
Thank you, Peter Cooper, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Peter Cooper...
This photo is courtesy of Deone Jahnke Photography at deonejahnke.com
Peter Cooper is an East Nashville-based singer, songwriter, touring artist, sideman, producer, college professor and award-winning country music journalist.
As an award-winning country music journalist and historian, Peter Cooper writes entertaining, intelligent and insightful articles about the country music industry and is the senior music writer at The Tennessean in Nashville.
In January 2005, at an unnamed studio in East Nashville, Peter Cooper's 'The Clown Juice EP' (Independent, 2005) was recorded; Eric McConnell mixed the project, Peter Cooper produced the tracks and the mastering was by Jim Demain at YES Master.
Peter Cooper's 'The Clown Juice EP' (Independent, 2005) included the following tracks:
'Nirvana Was Better Than Pearl Jam'
'What's The Use (Gold Rush Blues)'
On Wednesday 10 March 2008, Peter Cooper saw the release of 'Mission Door' (Red Beet Records, 2008), his first full length album, which included the following tracks:
'Boy Genius' (written by Peter Cooper)
'All The Way To Heaven' (written by Eric Taylor)
'Wine' (written by Peter Cooper and Baker Maultsby)
'Couple Of Lies' (written by Peter Cooper)
'Take Care' (written by Peter Cooper)
'Mission Door' (written by Eric Taylor)
'They Hate Me' (written by Peter Cooper)
'715 (For Hank Aaron)' (written by Peter Cooper)
'Sheboygan' (written by Peter Cooper)
'One By One' (written by Peter Cooper and Dave Nixx)
'Andalusia' (written by Peter Cooper)
'Thin Wild Mercury' (written by Peter Cooper and Todd Snider)
Personnel involved in the recording of Peter Cooper's 'Mission Door' (Red Beet Records, 2008) included the following:
Lloyd Green (steel guitar)
Todd Snider (harmonica and vocals)
Bill Lloyd (electric guitar and harmony vocals)
Jen Gunderman (formerly of The Jayhawks and Last Train Home) (piano, wurlitzer, rhodes and accordion)
Pat McInerney and Paul Griffith (percussion)
Dave Roe (bass)
Nanci Griffith and Fayssoux McClean (vocals)
Jason Ringenberg (of Jason and The Scorchers) (harmonica on 'They Hate Me')
Peter Cooper was encouraged by Todd Snider, Kris Kristofferson and Tom T. Hall to record 'Mission Door' (Red Beet Records, 2008), which was engineered by Richard McLaurin and Adam Bednarik and was mastered by Alex McCollough at YES Master.
As front man of the acclaimed roots-rock band Last Train Home, as a solo artist, and as a duo with songsmith Peter Cooper, Eric Brace is a prolific and admired artist. A former music journalist for The Washington Post, Eric Brace relocated to Nashville in 2003.
In 2008, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper toured Holland and Germany together; they discovered that it was more fun to sing together than to do separate sets. They sang together, enjoyed the experience, the audience clapped and smiled, and they then decided to record an album together.
On Tuesday 18 November 2008, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper saw the release of 'You Don't Have To Like Them Both' (Red Beet Records, 2008), which included the following tracks:
'I Know A Bird' (written by Eric Brace)
'Omar's Blues No.2' (written by David Olney)
'Down To The Well' (written by Kevin Gordon and Colin Linden)
'Drinking From A Swimming Pool' (written by Karl Straub)
'The Man Who Loves To Hate' (written by Peter Cooper)
'The First In Line' (written by Paul Kennerley)
'Denali, Not McKinley' (written by Peter Cooper and Todd Snider)
'I Know Better Now' (written by Jim Lauderdale)
'Lucky Bones' (written by Jim Lauderdale, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper)
'Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still' (Traditional/Public Domain)
'Just The Other Side Of Nowhere' (written by Kris Kristofferson)
'Yesterdays And Used To Be's' (written by Todd Snider)
Personnel involved in the recording of Eric Brace and Peter Cooper's 'You Don't Have To Like Them Both' (Red Beet Records, 2008) included Lloyd Green, Tim O'Brien, Dave Roe, Jen Gunderman, Richard Bennett, Tim Carroll, Kenny Vaughan, Daniel Tashian, Jon Byrd and Scotty Huff.
Eric Brace and Peter Cooper gave a copy of 'You Don't Have To Like Them Both' (Red Beet Records, 2008) to Rodney Crowell, who said
'Eric Brace and Peter Cooper have made a new record called 'You Don't Have To Like Them Both'. Well, guess what? I like them both, a lot.
Think of what you liked best about Gordon Lightfoot, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Gram Parsons and Roy Acuff and then thank God these lads like each other enough to offer up such a smoking good batch of songs'.
Growing up in the Washington, D.C. area, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper's instrumental hero was Mike Auldridge (), who played dobro for The Seldom Scene, a pioneering and progressive bluegrass band which played every week at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. Mike also had a hero as well, who turned out to be pedal steel guitar legend Lloyd Green, whose work with The Byrds, Don Williams and others had elevated Nashville steel guitar and dobro playing into something of other-worldly elegance.
Lloyd Green had taken notice of Mike's playing as well and the two became mutual admirers, even collaborating on Mike Auldridge's 1976 tune 'Lloyd's Of Nashville', which was written in Mr. Green's honor. However, Lloyd and Mike had never made a full-length album together, until 2010.
Eric Brace and Peter Cooper had a bright idea; they invited Lloyd Green and Mike Auldridge into a Nashville studio to have a musical conversation with each other, using some songs Eric and Peter had written, along with tracks they chose as conversation-starters. Eric and Peter surrounded Lloyd and Mike with the most talented and sympathetic musicians they knew, asking them all to start playing, and proceeded to have the time of their musical lives.
In the end, Lloyd Green and Mike Auldridge said that they considered these recordings some of their finest and most fulfilling work.
On Tuesday 7 September 2010, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper saw the release of 'Master Sessions' (Red Beet Records, 2010), which featured special guests Lloyd Green and Mike Auldridge (Friday 30 December 1938 - Saturday 29 December 2012).
Eric Brace and Peter Cooper's 'Master Sessions' (Red Beet Records, 2010), with special guests Lloyd Green and Mike Auldridge (Friday 30 December 1938 - Saturday 29 December 2012), included the following tracks:
'Wait A Minute' (written by Herb Pedersen) / harmony vocals from Kenny Chesney
'Suffer A Fool'
'It Won't Be Me' (written by Eric Brace and Karl Straub)
'Behind Your Back' (written by Peter Cooper) / characters in this track include Lonesome Bob Chaney, Chris Richards, David Olney, Denice Franke and Vince Bell / this track was written about Eric Taylor
'I Flew Over Our House Last Night' (written by Tom T. Hall)
'Nice Old Man'
'Silent Night' (written by Jon Byrd)
'I Wish We Had Our Time Again'
It was also on Tuesday 7 September 2010 that Peter Cooper saw the release of 'The Lloyd Green Album' (Red Beet Records, 2010), which included the following tracks:
'Dumb Luck' (written by Peter Cooper)
'The Last Laugh' (written by Peter Cooper and Todd Snider)
'Elmer The Dancer' (written by Peter Cooper) / this track features supporting vocals from Kim Carnes
'Bells Of Odilia' (written by Chris Richards)
'Mama, Bake A Pie' (written by Tom T. Hall)
'Champion Of The World'
'Tulsa Queen' (written by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell) / harmony vocalls by Rodney Crowell and Pam Rose
'That Poor Guy'
'What Dub Does' (written by Peter Cooper and Baker Maultsby)
'Here Comes That Rainbow Again' (written by Kris Kristofferson)
'Train To Birmingham' (written by John Hiatt)
On Tuesday 17 May 2011, Peter Cooper saw the release of 'I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow' (Red Beet Records, 2011), a various artists compilation of material celebrating the songs and artistry of Tom T. Hall.
'I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow' (Red Beet Records, 2011) included the following tracks:
'I Love' (performed by Patty Griffin)
'Sneaky Snake' (performed by Buddy Miller) / this track also features Duane Eddy
'Everybody Loves To Hear A Bird Sing' (performed by Peter Cooper) / this track also features Duane Eddy
'I Like To Feel Pretty Inside' (performed by Jim Lauderdale)
'The Mysterious Fox Of Fox Hollow' (performed by Eric Brace & Last Train Home)
'I Wish I Had A Million Friends' (performed by Elizabeth Cook and Tim Carroll)
'The Barn Dance' (performed by Gary Bennett)
'The Song Of The One-Legged Chicken' (performed by Mark & Mike)
'How To Talk To A Little Baby Goat' (performed by Jon Byrd)
'Ole Lonesome George The Basset' (performed by Tommy Cash)
On Tuesday 23 April 2013, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper saw the release of 'The Comeback Album' (Red Beet Records, 2013), which included the following tracks:
'Mad' (written by Tom T. Hall)
'She Can't Be Herself'
'Carolina' (written by Karl Straub)
'Rain Just Falls' (written by David Halley)
On Tuesday 10 September 2013, Peter Cooper will see the release of 'Opening Day' (Red Beet Records, 2013), which will include nine original compositions, including co-writes with Irene Kelley and Thomm Jutz, as well as stunning covers of Tom T. Hall's 'A Million Miles To The City' and Bill Morrissey's 'Birches'.
Peter Cooper's work has won praise from each of his chief influences: Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Todd Snider, Eric Taylor and Kris Kristofferson. The latter said, 'Peter Cooper looks at the world with an artist’s eye and a human heart and soul. His songs are the work of an original, creative imagination, alive with humour and heartbreak and irony and intelligence, with truth and beauty in the details. Deep stuff. And they get better every time you listen'.
Named one of Nashville’s 'Ten Most Interesting People' by Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine, Peter Cooper is a session player, a producer who has worked with Todd Snider, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Fayssoux Starling McLean, and others.
Peter Cooper, who is pictured above at Greer Stadium in Nashville (photo courtesy of Deone Jahnke) is also a professor of country music at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, and a senior music writer at The Tennessean, Nashville’s daily newspaper.
Connect with Peter Cooper at petercoopermusic.com
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