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Claude Hopper's Cinematic Sounds

MUSIC! - The Sounds of Santa Barbara - November 2009

WALKABOUT with Brett Leigh Dicks

Claude Hopper's Cinematic Sounds


It always seems to be the hard to find things that tend to reap the greatest the rewards. And so it was with the genesis of Claude Hopper. While you couldn't quite pinpoint where the music was coming from during the multi-band extravaganza that was Ollie Festie, you sure could hear it. In fact, the farm that was hosting the event was so well hidden, even the local sheriff had trouble finding the place when summoned in the small hours of the morning to put an end to the festivities. That was almost ten years ago and across the ensuing years, Claude Hopper has thankfully made it much easy to enjoy an intimate encounter with their music.

Central to Claude Hopper's rustic take on roots music is singer -songwriter David Cowan. Having played with a number of different bands across the years, it was when Cowan wanted to place the focus on his own material and project it through the author's voice that Claude Hopper came into being. The moniker might offer a little ambiguity as to exactly who is behind the music, but it perfectly encapsulates Cowan and Co's rough-edge sound. And, while the influences upon the Claude Hopper sound are varied and many, they all echo the finest traditions of American songwriting.

"The story telling aspect of Americana music is something I have always enjoyed", explains David Cowan. "And I think very cinematically when I write and try to evoke imagery through my songs which really lends itself to that genera I think. Everything I work on usually starts with just me and an acoustic guitar and, even when it comes to recording, the songs are centered around that singer-songwriter foundation. But they are built up with those wonderful instruments that fit so well into that genera - instruments like banjo and mandolin and pedal steel that add that distinctive texture and feel."

With two albums already to Claude Hopper's credit - Four in the Morning and The Finite Nature of Things - Cowan and his Claude Hopper colleagues (which includes John McInnes on the bass guitar, Andy Webb on lead guitar, Michael Rivers on drums, and Chris Ulep on keyboards) are turning their thoughts to a third installment. But before they circle their musical wagons for recording, the collective are heading across the Santa Ynez Mountains to spend a Saturday night blazing away at The Cold Spring Tavern. The bucolic setting of the former stagecoach stop will no doubt ring out the rustic best from Santa Barbara's favorite purveyors of down-home Americana.

Claude Hopper play a free show with Pat Nevins for Neil Young's birthday on Saturday November 14th at the Cold Spring Tavern from 6:00pm.

Natalie D-Napoleon will also be performing

www.coldspringtavern.com

www.myspace.com/claudehoppermusic

www.myspace.com/patricknevins

www.myspace.com/nataliednapoleon

www.nataliednapoleon.com

www.soundsofsb.com


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MUSIC! - The Sounds of Santa Barbara - November 2009

WALKABOUT with Brett Leigh Dicks

Claude Hopper's Cinematic Sounds


It always seems to be the hard to find things that tend to reap the greatest the rewards. And so it was with the genesis of Claude Hopper. While you couldn't quite pinpoint where the music was coming from during the multi-band extravaganza that was Ollie Festie, you sure could hear it. In fact, the farm that was hosting the event was so well hidden, even the local sheriff had trouble finding the place when summoned in the small hours of the morning to put an end to the festivities. That was almost ten years ago and across the ensuing years, Claude Hopper has thankfully made it much easy to enjoy an intimate encounter with their music.

 

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MUSIC! - The Sounds of Santa Barbara - November 2009

WALKABOUT with Brett Leigh Dicks

Claude Hopper's Cinematic Sounds


It always seems to be the hard to find things that tend to reap the greatest the rewards. And so it was with the genesis of Claude Hopper. While you couldn't quite pinpoint where the music was coming from during the multi-band extravaganza that was Ollie Festie, you sure could hear it. In fact, the farm that was hosting the event was so well hidden, even the local sheriff had trouble finding the place when summoned in the small hours of the morning to put an end to the festivities. That was almost ten years ago and across the ensuing years, Claude Hopper has thankfully made it much easy to enjoy an intimate encounter with their music.

Central to Claude Hopper's rustic take on roots music is singer -songwriter David Cowan. Having played with a number of different bands across the years, it was when Cowan wanted to place the focus on his own material and project it through the author's voice that Claude Hopper came into being. The moniker might offer a little ambiguity as to exactly who is behind the music, but it perfectly encapsulates Cowan and Co's rough-edge sound. And, while the influences upon the Claude Hopper sound are varied and many, they all echo the finest traditions of American songwriting.

"The story telling aspect of Americana music is something I have always enjoyed", explains David Cowan. "And I think very cinematically when I write and try to evoke imagery through my songs which really lends itself to that genera I think. Everything I work on usually starts with just me and an acoustic guitar and, even when it comes to recording, the songs are centered around that singer-songwriter foundation. But they are built up with those wonderful instruments that fit so well into that genera - instruments like banjo and mandolin and pedal steel that add that distinctive texture and feel."

With two albums already to Claude Hopper's credit - Four in the Morning and The Finite Nature of Things - Cowan and his Claude Hopper colleagues (which includes John McInnes on the bass guitar, Andy Webb on lead guitar, Michael Rivers on drums, and Chris Ulep on keyboards) are turning their thoughts to a third installment. But before they circle their musical wagons for recording, the collective are heading across the Santa Ynez Mountains to spend a Saturday night blazing away at The Cold Spring Tavern. The bucolic setting of the former stagecoach stop will no doubt ring out the rustic best from Santa Barbara's favorite purveyors of down-home Americana.

Claude Hopper play a free show with Pat Nevins for Neil Young's birthday on Saturday November 14th at the Cold Spring Tavern from 6:00pm.

Natalie D-Napoleon will also be performing

www.coldspringtavern.com

www.myspace.com/claudehoppermusic

www.myspace.com/patricknevins

www.myspace.com/nataliednapoleon

www.nataliednapoleon.com

www.soundsofsb.com

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