The Copperheads

The Copperheads

BandAmericana

Very solid Americana/Roots Rock band that likes to put groove in its Country and twang in its R & B. Very good vocals, instruments, and songwriting. Their records are very well-crafted and getting better all the time. Their live shows have plenty of spontaneity and more than enough juice.

Biography

In July ‘02, an ‘Americana’ band from the Twin Cities, The Copperheads, released their first CD, Country & Blues Revue, on the Narnian label.

About the recording, Scott Homewood of Freight Train Boogie writes, ”This album recalls artists like Tony Joe White, Charlie Rich, current Nick Lowe, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham, and The Band. The blending of soul and country is making a comeback—The Copperheads are doing it as well as any one out there.”

Americana On Line’s reviewer J. S. Hawkins writes, “... a really solid record for first-timers… they sound like a CCR for the new millennium. They can pull off original honky-tonk, country-soul and swampy R & B with equal aplomb.”

The next Copperheads’ release, This Train is Gaining, is slated for Summer 2004. Insiders swear on their mother’s names that it’s a bona-fide classic.

The Copperheads regularly play first-rate venues like First Avenue, 400 Bar, The Turf Club, and their ’headquarters,’ Lee’s Liquor Lounge. They mostly play the Twin Cities (sometimes the 5 state area), but they always sound like a red-hot touring act. They’ve played with national recording artists Junior Brown, Rosie Flores, Wayne Hancock, The Iguanas, Wanda Jackson, and Percy Sledge.

Lyrics

Fireworks

Written By: Ray Barnard & Bill Giese

Life was like an early morning movie
I could see the twist from miles away
So I smiled when we met,
as if born again that day

Laura said she loved all my pictures
So I did what leading men should do
Took her home so she’d have a sweet memory or two

This world, then the fireworks
Palm tree afternoon
The sun sets on the boulevard so soon
So roll down the window
Let the darkness in
This world, then the fireworks begin

With a final kiss, her eyes grew distant
Laura searched her purse beside the bed
I laid there and smiled,
The tabloids would go wild
Then she held the gun to my head

This world, then the fireworks
Techni-color moon
The falling stars will hit the sidewalk soon
So roll down the rag-top
Watch the way it ends
This world, then the fireworks begin

This Train is Gaining

Written By: Ray Barnard

This train is gaining on me
I hear that whistle wail a warning
That I can’t escape the past

This train is gaining on me
And with this heavy weight I'm hauling
It ain’t too long that I can last

Done paid my debt to the county
Been set free to resume my life
Worked hard to get back
On the so-called right track
So folks can see me run a race with sin and strife

CHORUS

Gone crazy looking o’er my shoulder
Grown weary from fighting through the cold
Folks are blind to my blues
But they love to see me lose
Cause running down a bad man saves a good man’s soul

This train is gaining on me
I hear that whistle wail a warning
That I can’t escape the past

This train is gaining on me
And with this heavy weight I'm hauling
It ain’t too long that I can last

Discography

Country & Blues Revue - LP 2002
This Train is Gaining - LP 2004

Set List

Houston

Sweet & Lowdown

Same Old, Same Old

Sweet Azalea

Here Comes the Rain Again

Hot Burrito #1

Standing by the Bedside

Close My Eyes to See You

My Heart’s on Fire

Ed’s Place

So Far Gone

She’s Got the Blues

Fireworks

Mourning Dove

So High

Run To Me