Henry Cooper

Henry Cooper


The entertaining sounds of the Henry Cooper Band sews together the grooves of blues, rockabilly and country music. Henry and the band's laid back persona and his music slides into a natural groove that is "Swampy-Tonk." It's always a fun time with the Henry Cooper Band.


A native Oregonian, Henry Cooper spent his formative years mastering the harmonica and rubbing elbows with the likes of Curtis Salgado and Robert Cray during their heyday in the Emerald City of the South, Eugene, Oregon. A couple of his first influences included Paul Butterfield and Big Walter Horton. The guitar soon became Henry’s main instrument when Blues greats such as Elmore James, Muddy Waters and Albert Collins stole his attention. He started playing country music and it turned into the blues with a guitar style that is a hybrid between picking and sliding where you can hear a mix of Hawaiian, country and blues in his playing. Henry has put a lot of work into creating his own unique sound and it shows.

Henry has been a working musician from the age of 19. Most notably, he backed up Screamin’ Jay Hawkins for a time and also worked with The Duffy Bishop Band for many years. Other bands include The Disruptors, The Terraplanes and Los Explorers. For the last seven years Henry has been fronting his own band, The Henry Cooper Band during which time he created four CDs: Baby Please, Slide Man, Automatic Trouble-Live at the EMP, and his most recent CD, “The Gin Years.” The great musicians in his band are Ed Vance, Hammond B3, Dave Jette, drums and Eric Bryson, bass.

“What sets Cooper’s style apart is his keen focus on tone and his ability to move tastefully between fingerpick and slide within a phrase. The sound range from long, ringing sheets of notes to a more subtle effect where metal on strings is more felt than heard.” Blues Revue

“Henry Cooper knows how to wrap his blues guitar around a vocal.” Seattle Times

“Whether playing lap steel, acoustic or electric guitar, Henry Cooper’s chops are extraordinary.” Southland Blues Magazine, San Diego, CA


The Gin Years , Henry Cooper (2007)
Automatic Trouble, Henry Cooper . . . Live (HAR/2001)
Slide Man - Henry Cooper/Burnside Records (1999)
Play Til it Hurts - Jaime Sheets/Two Sheets, Inc. (1998)
Baby Please - Henry Cooper/High Action Records (1997)
Waterfront Blues 1996 - Burnside Records/Burnside Records (1996)
Back to the Bone - The Duffy Bishop Band/Burnside Records (1996)
Bottled Oddities - The Duffy Bishop Band/Burnside Records (1994)

Set List

Originals by Henry Cooper and
Covers by: Elmore James, Slim Harpo, Muddy Waters, Billy Boy Arnold