The Cooper Brothers – Southbound (2013)

Artist: The Cooper Brothers
Title: Southbound
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Gunshy Productions
Genre: Southern Rock, Country Rock
Quality: Mp3/320 kbps
Total Time: 47:22
Total Size: 120 Mb

01. Southbound
02. The Last Time I Saw Georgia
03. Waiting For The Hammer To Fall
04. Love’s Been A Stranger
05. Bordertown
06. Bridges
07. Maybe This Is The Night
08. Five Point Five
09. Club Shangri-La
10. Havana Nights
11. What I Leave Behind

Recorded with producer Colin Cripps on a break from his Blue Rodeo duties, Dick Cooper has found his writing chops intact, delivering eleven tunes in the classic form. Brother Brian brings his distinctive twang, complementing all the twin guitar licks, slide solos, pedal steel, banjo, fiddle and all you’d hope for. Lead single Southbound is a clever twist on the snowbird’s wish to get away from winter, a sly reference to their southern rock sound. Cooper keeps it up with the lyrics to The Last Time I Saw Georgia, with references to Capricorn rising (get it?), a love song brimming with hints about the band history. So far, so smart, and a blast from the past. But Waiting For The Hammer To Fall is a stone-cold true country gem, with great high vocal from Brian, lots of sweet harmony, a number band pal Jim Cuddy would be proud to pen.
More surprises arrive with the tender Love’s Been A Stranger, where Brian duets with Kellylee Evans, another Ottawa singer. The Juno-winning jazz singer helps make this a stand-out cut, not just with her excellent harmony lines, but by pointing out all the strengths in the song, and the band. Brian’s own distinctive voice shines, Dick’s words are touching, and the string and horn arrangement show the group is more than just a cliche of that 70’s sound. The song is the key for me, as the album now opens up to reveal more nuances, like the Western touches of Bordertown, the funky humour of the earthquake tale Five Point Five, and the statement of musical integrity, Club Shangri-La. The Cooper Brothers were always full of surprises, and they’re still serving them up in part two of their story.

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