Eric Brace and Peter Cooper

Eric Brace and Peter Cooper

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

"The two blend Everly Brothers-style harmonies with Tom T. Hall sensibilities." - Tim Ghianni

Biography

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.

Brace and Cooper record for the East Nashville indie label Red Beet Records.

Lyrics

Missoula Tonight

Written By: Eric Brace & Peter Cooper

There's fire on the mountain
Smoke in my eye
Look up and see the red flames in the black night

We prayed for a hard rain
What else can we do
The firebreaks are cut and the fighters home

Come close darling, there's ash in your hair
A tear in your eye
This time tomorrow we could be anywhere
Missoula tonight if we try

I watched them fly over
In modified planes
Dumping the water again and again

It's time now for leaving
What will you take
We won't need very much, we shouldn't wait

CH
Come close darling, there's ash in your hair
Tears in your eyes
This time tomorrow we could be anywhere
Missoula tonight if we try

Br
You're brother's a brave one
Flying like that
There's a man with no fear
I think that I saw him
Waving his hat
and pointing to get out of here

Ch
Come close darling, there's ash in your hair
Closer darling, don't cry
This time tomorrow we could be anywhere
Missoula tonight if we try
Missoula tonight if we try

Discography

* YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIKE THEM BOTH - Red Beet Records, 2009.
* MASTER SESSIONS (w/ Lloyd Green & Mike Auldridge) - Red Beet Records, 2010.
* I LOVE: TOM T. HALL'S SONGS OF FOX HOLLOW (Co-producers as well as performers) - Red Beet Records, 2011.

Set List

They've got material for 3 one-hour sets. Songs by each of them (Peter Cooper and Eric Brace), as well as songs by: Tom T. Hall, Jim Lauderdale, David Olney, Kevin Gordon, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon and more.