Eric Brace & Peter Cooper
Visit Jumpin' on the Bed
Saturday, June 30, 2012
4 pm (edt)
Grammy nominees Eric Brace and 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're lucky enough to play with. Their most recent project, 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, it features performances by Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Bobby Bare, Duane Eddy, Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook, as well as Brace, Cooper, and others.
Eric Brace and Peter Cooper have acclaimed music careers outside their impressive work as a duo. Brace is lead singer and songwriter for 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.
A former journalist for The Washington Post, Brace found a kindred spirit in fellow East Nashvillian Peter Cooper, a music writer for the Tennessean and other publications, and a professor of country music at Vanderbilt University. Cooper released two critically praised solo records, "Mission Door" from 2008 and "The Lloyd Green Album" in 2010, another step in his ongoing collaboration with the legendary pedal steel Hall of Famer.
When Brace and Cooper play together, it's something special. Their 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 U.S. festivals such as Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Tin Pan South, Americana Music Association, Folk Alliance International, 30A Songwriters, and Knoxville Rhythm and Blooms, as well as the Truck, Summertyne, and Maverick festivals in the U.K.
The pair’s 2010 album, Master Sessions, is a tour de force that made its way onto numerous critics’ “Best-of” lists. It features the instrumental work of pedal steel guitar legend Lloyd Green and dobro master Mike Auldridge. You Don’t Have To Like Them Both was released in 2009 and was a #1 album on the Freeform American Roots Chart, Top Five on the Folk DJ Chart, and Top Ten on the Americana chart. The opening track, “I Know a Bird,” which was penned and sung by Brace, was the #1 Folk song on its release and a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.