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Made to be Played in Santa Barbara. Our Roundup of CD's from 2001

Santa Barbara Independent
December 13, 2001
Arts & Entertainment

Made to be Played in Santa Barbara. Our Roundup of CD's from 2001
by Walt Rego

Well, here we are again, spinning platters of the year and looking back at the sonic output from the ocean side oasis we call home. There's a wide range from this year, not to mention those we've already reviewed during the year. So dig deep into your recession-worn pockets and do your American part to support the (local musicians') economy.

Claude Hopper, Four in the Morning
Claude Hopper, alias guitarist-singer-songwriter-graphic artist Dave Cowan, put out a fine CD this year, which lives up to its title and its cover artwork. Four in the Morning sports a fancy cover design, with wood grain, a cowboy Van Gogh cover painting of a guitar in a candlelit room, and a loving, almost genuflecting photo of a tube microphone pre-amp on the back. The woodsy, rocking references continue in the music, starting with the tune "Whisky," with Cowan singing like a cowhide serenader swathed in blankets of warm, dirty guitars. Things get a little more than country on "Mud Flap Girl," replete with pedal steel, banjo, and a C&W lope in a tongue in cheek song about errant desire. Cowan, we mean Hopper, hunkered down in Robinson Eikenberry's studio, to good sonorous effect. Eikenberry seems to have a knack for getting plugged and unplugged instruments to join hands in common cause. The basic Americana rock-folk palette is diverse enough to include the Neil Young influenced "Trial and Error," another banjo-flecked treat," "On Any Other Day," and even a dip into reggae-time, on "Doctor." But it all hangs together nicely, like a purposeful collage.


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Santa Barbara Independent
December 13, 2001
Arts & Entertainment

Made to be Played in Santa Barbara. Our Roundup of CD's from 2001

by Walt Rego

Well, here we are again, spinning platters of the year and looking back at the sonic output from the ocean side oasis we call home. There's a wide range from this year, not to mention those we've already reviewed during the year. So dig deep into your recession-worn pockets and do your American part to support the (local musicians') economy.

Claude Hopper, Four in the Morning
Claude Hopper, alias guitarist-singer-songwriter-graphic artist Dave Cowan, put out a fine CD this year, which lives up to its title and its cover artwork.

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Santa Barbara Independent
December 13, 2001
Arts & Entertainment

Made to be Played in Santa Barbara. Our Roundup of CD's from 2001
by Walt Rego

Well, here we are again, spinning platters of the year and looking back at the sonic output from the ocean side oasis we call home. There's a wide range from this year, not to mention those we've already reviewed during the year. So dig deep into your recession-worn pockets and do your American part to support the (local musicians') economy.

Claude Hopper, Four in the Morning
Claude Hopper, alias guitarist-singer-songwriter-graphic artist Dave Cowan, put out a fine CD this year, which lives up to its title and its cover artwork. Four in the Morning sports a fancy cover design, with wood grain, a cowboy Van Gogh cover painting of a guitar in a candlelit room, and a loving, almost genuflecting photo of a tube microphone pre-amp on the back. The woodsy, rocking references continue in the music, starting with the tune "Whisky," with Cowan singing like a cowhide serenader swathed in blankets of warm, dirty guitars. Things get a little more than country on "Mud Flap Girl," replete with pedal steel, banjo, and a C&W lope in a tongue in cheek song about errant desire. Cowan, we mean Hopper, hunkered down in Robinson Eikenberry's studio, to good sonorous effect. Eikenberry seems to have a knack for getting plugged and unplugged instruments to join hands in common cause. The basic Americana rock-folk palette is diverse enough to include the Neil Young influenced "Trial and Error," another banjo-flecked treat," "On Any Other Day," and even a dip into reggae-time, on "Doctor." But it all hangs together nicely, like a purposeful collage.

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