Grammy nominees Eric Brace and Peter Cooper are music legends, and insiders and people in the know will readily confirm it. And on the double. Both as inventive singer-songwriter musicians in the roots, folk and Americana genre and as prolific writers about that scene. Eric for pub’s like the Washington Post and Peter as a professor of country music at Vanderbilt U. (They take their roots music seriously in the U.S.) Eric’s also frontman and writer for the great roots-rock group Last Train Home. Both he and Peter sing and play the guitar. They’re touring partners, you figured that, and from that rare blind trust and instinctual understanding comes some of the wittiest and most melodious country music of the recent past that can be heard today. Helping all along is their obvious and easy camaraderie.
Their work also highlights a deep respect for the masters they’ve played with. Like pedal steel guitar legend Lloyd Green and Dobro master Mike Auldridge. And on some of their recordings you could encounter Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Bobby Bare, Duane Eddy, Jim Lauderdale and Elizabeth Cook. On the large stage they’ve opened for John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Kim Carnes, Todd Snider and Emmylou Harris, for instance. And like the jokesters they are, their 2013 “Comeback Album” showed a cover shot of them walking away, with a view from the back… Their first record together was “You Don’t Have To Like Them Both” which clocked in on the top 10 on the roots, folk and Americana charts.But guaranteed, you’ll like them both. Right here where legends have been made, at least once in a blue moon. Mightily inspired by the legendary Mississihl. Hasn’t it been hanging around long enough?