Peter Cooper & Eric Brace
When:Friday, April 10 8:30pm
Spartanburg natives Peter Cooper and Brian Ashley Jones return for a special double bill. Former Spartan Peter Cooper's new duo album with Eric Brace, You Don't Have To Like Them Both, has already topped the folk charts, and now it's climbing into the Top 10 of the Americana chart. Songwriting luminary Rodney Crowell said that the pair has "made a new record called You Don't Have To Like Them Both. Well, guess what? I like them both. Think of what you liked best about Gordon Lightfoot, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Gram Parsons and Roy Acuff, and then thank God these lads like each other well enough to offer up such a smoking good batch of songs." The Washington Post concluded, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper are in tune.
"Released last year, Cooper's Mission Door album earned praise from Kris Kristofferson, Tom T. Hall and others, and the album wound up on numerous year-end Top 10 lists. Brace is the leader of acclaimed Americana collective Last Train Home. This will be Brace's first time in Spartanburg, though he has heard practically every one of the Ashley Fly stories. Find out more about Peter and the new CD at Peter's site.
Brian Ashley Jones is a soulful singer, accomplished lead guitarist, and versatile songwriter. Described as "Blues Grass", Jones' music is heavily influenced by the guitar driven blues, bluegrass, folk, country, and rock that he absorbed growing up here in Spartanburg.
Now based in Nashville, Jones maintains an active touring schedule and performs about 150 live shows per year at festivals, concert series, radio shows, and songwriter venues as well as leading workshops around the country as part of Nashville Songwriters Association International's Pros On The Road program.