Peter Cooper's Opening Day is Coming Out and We're Celebrating in All Kinds of Ways
It’s a big week for Peter Cooper, the athletically built, Grammy-nominated Red Beet Records recording artist, award-winning journalist, soft-hearted educator, and doting father who is definitely not hiding behind a third-person narrative right now.
Peter’s Opening Day, which many drop-jawed critics are calling “The best album since Beethoven,” will be released Tuesday, Sept. 10. It is Cooper’s finest work, and it includes brilliant steel guitar work from pedal steel guitar Hall of Famer Lloyd Green as well as contributions from genius-level cohorts including Jen Gunderman, Julie Lee, Kieran Kane, Richard Bennett and the talented-though-bald Eric Brace.
Album release not enough for you? Well, we’ve got events: Live shows and radio spectaculars.
Sat. Sept. 7, Sirius XM Radio, 4-6 pm Eastern: “Peter Cooper’s Music City” special airs on Sirius XM’s “Outlaw Country” channel, from 4-6 p.m. Eastern and again Sunday from 8-10 p.m. Eastern. Peter will debut tracks from “Opening Day” as well as spinning Nashville-affiliated tunes from Todd Snider, Guy Clark, Dobie Gray, Bobby Hebb, Delbert McClinton, Bobby Bare, Keb’ Mo’ and many others. In the show’s second hour, Snider and Jonas Stein of Turbo Fruits will talk with handsome protagonist Cooper about the rollicking City of Song that is Nashville, Tennessee
Wed. Sept. 11, Music City Roots, 7 pm Central: Peter will be joined by an all-star bluegrass band that includes Sierra Hull, Mark Fain, Justin Moses and Thomm Jutz for a performance on Music City Roots at Nashville's fabled Loveless Cafe. This show will be streamed at 8 p.m. Eastern via musiccityroots.com.
Fri. Sept. 13, WSM Radio, 9 am Central: Peter appears on the greatest country station of them all, 650 AM-WSM, with morning team Bill Cody and Charlie Mattos. Peter will be on beginning at 9 a.m. Central. Those not in Nashville can listen via wsmonline.com.
Fri. Sept. 13, The Station Inn, 9 pm Central: Presented by Red Beet Records and Nashville Fringe Festival, Peter and an all-star non-bluegrass band play Nashville’s famed Station Inn. Andrea Zonn (James Taylor, Vince Gill), Thomm Jutz (Nanci Griffith, Mary Gauthier), Tim Carroll (Elizabeth Cook and his own damn fame), Dave Roe (Johnny Freakin’ Cash, John Cougar Mellencamp), Pat McInerney (Nanci Griffith, Seldom Scene, Emmylou Harris) and Eric Brace (bald) will join Peter for an album-release show. Tickets available at the door.
Sat. Sept. 14, Ashland Coffee & Tea, 8 pm Eastern: Peter is joined by Eric Brace and Thomm Jutz for a CD release show at Ashland Coffee and Tea in Ashland, VA. ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.
Sun. Sept. 15, Alexandria VA Focus Concerts, 7 pm Eastern: Eric Brace and Peter Cooper play Focus Concerts in Alexandria, Va., with accompaniment by the wondrous ex-German Thomm Jutz. Concert time is 7 p.m. Eastern. Go to focusmusic.org for more information about this show, which will feature super-fine opening act Medium Gauge.
This is pretty much the most important week of Peter’s life, so no worries if you can’t be bothered to pay attention.
“Peter Cooper looks at the world with an artist’s eye and a human heart and soul. His songs are the works of an original, creative imagination, alive with humor and heartbreak and irony and intelligence, with truth and beauty in the details. Deep stuff. And they get better every time you listen.” -- Kris Kristofferson*
* Yeah, but what does Kristofferson know?