THE COOPER BROTHERS
Canada’s premiere Country Rock band from the 70’s through the mid 80’s, the Cooper Brothers first gained international attention when they signed a major recording contract with Capricorn Records (famous for producing several of the most popular southern‐rock acts of the time including The Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Delbert McClinton and Elvin Bishop). Over the next few years the Cooper Brothers released two albums under the Capricorn label, the selftitled, The Cooper Brothers and Pitfalls Of The Ballroom. Both albums sold extremely well and the singles “The Dream Never Dies”, “Rock and Roll Cowboys”, “Show Some Emotion” and “I’ll Know Her When I See Her” all charted on The Billboard Hot 100.
Among their many accolades, the Cooper Brothers were voted Best New Group in 1978, Best MOR Group in 1979 and Best Overall Group in 1980 by Canadian Contemporary Music Programmers. In 1980, “The Dream Never Dies” also earned an A.S.C.A.P Award as one of the most performed songs on U.S radio. At the height of their career, the band toured extensively with such diverse artists as The Doobie Brothers, Joe Cocker, Charlie Daniels, Atlanta Rhythm Section, McGuinn, Clark and Hillman and AC/DC. In addition, the band worked with some of the most prolific musicians of the day including Chuck Leavell ‐ keyboardist for The Rolling Stones ‐ who played on the Cooper Brothers’ track “Ridin High.” After Capricorn Records folded the brothers released two more albums before disbanding in the mid eighties.
In October 2006, The Best of the Cooper Brothers was released by the EMI/ Pacemaker label and the band performed for the first time on stage in over twenty years. This prompted a series of sold‐out live dates throughout Southern Ontario including a memorable Ottawa Bluesfest concert, opening up for James Taylor in front of 30,000 people. In February 2010, a new Cooper Brothers album was released, featuring 12 brand new songs penned by Richard Cooper. Entitled In From The Cold, the new CD was produced by Grammy nominee Colin Linden in Nashville and featured a number of guest artists including Delbert McClinton, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and their old friend, Chuck Leavell.
In August 2013, the Cooper Brothers will release their brand new CD called SOUTHBOUND. The album was recorded at the Tragically Hip’s studio in Bath, Ontario and is produced by Colin Cripps ‐ producer of such artists as Kathleen Edwards and Jim Cuddy and guitarist with Blue Rodeo.
Southbound was made at a leisurely pace over the course of a year, with the relaxed, smalltown atmosphere at The Bathouse suiting the brothers working methods and laid back temperaments well. Says Brian Cooper: “While someone was laying down an overdub in the studio, one of us could usually be found in the kitchen rustling up supper, and somebody else would be on a beer/wine run. I can’t think of a better way to record!” The current live band line‐up of Ed Bimm, Rob Holtz, Jeff Rogers, Darwin Demers and John Steel all play and sing on every track. Other friends who dropped by include Gary Craig (Ann Murray/Tom Cochrane/Jann Arden) Peter Fredette (Kim Mitchell) and guitar whiz Carey Blackwell.
The CD features eleven new Richard Cooper penned tracks including the first single, “Southbound“, a tongue‐in‐cheek look at our love/hate relationship with Canadian winters. Southbound is also the natural title for the album because several of the songs are about our neighbours in the U.S. and points beyond.
The Last Time I Saw Georgia, chronicles the brothers stint on Capricorn Records in the hey days of Southern rock.
Havana Nights was written after Dick Cooper spent two weeks in the historic Cuban capital on a movie project.
Five Point Five, sung by the talented Jeff Rogers, references earthquakes in both Mexico City and L.A.
Other notable songs on the CD are Love’s Been a Stranger a duet featuring Brian and Juno Award winner, Kellylee Evans as well as Maybe This is the Night and Bridges ‐ both songs featuring the soaring harmonies the band is noted for.
In the end, the brothers are extremely happy with the final product and consider Southbound to be one of the best albums the band has ever recorded!
“I think Colin Cripps did a great job….” say Dick. “It sounds contemporary but there’s still some classic Cooper Brothers in there. To me it’s the best of both worlds.”
“Southbound is a must for your CD Collection!” ‐ CASHBOX CANADA
“Southbound is a top notch release deserved of serious consumer and media attention.” ‐ MUSIC EXPRESS