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SAF Presents: Eric Brace and Peter Cooper with Phil Lee and Tom Mason
Doors and bar open at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm. $23 general admission. Seated performance, all ages welcome.
Eric Brace and Peter Cooper
The body of work that Eric Brace and Peter Cooper have created reflects their literate sensibilities as songwriters, a love of harmony and wry humor, and their deep respect for the masters they're lucky enough to play with. Eric Brace and Peter Cooper have acclaimed music careers outside their impressive work as a duo. Eric Brace is the lead singer and songwriter for the renowned roots rock band Last Train Home, which has eight CDs and one live concert DVD to its credit (Last Train Home, True North, Holiday Limited, Time and Water, Bound Away, Tributaries, Last Good Kiss, and Live at IOTA), along with a recent release, Six Songs, which Twangville named Best EP of 2010. Brace also released a sublime album called The Skylighters, where he led a band that included bluegrass luminaries Mike Auldridge on dobro and Jimmy Gaudreau playing mandolin. A former journalist for The Washington Post, Brace found a kindred spirit in fellow East Nashvillian Peter Cooper, who has released two critically praised solo records, Mission Door from 2008 and The Lloyd Green Album in 2010, another step in his ongoing collaboration with the legendary pedal steel Hall of Famer. Named one of Nashville's "10 Most Interesting People" by Nashville Arts & Entertainment magazine, Cooper is also a music writer for the Tennessean and other publications, a producer, and a professor of country music at Vanderbilt University.
When Brace and Cooper play together, it's something special. The pair’s most recent album, Master Sessions, is a tour de force that made its way onto numerous critics’ Best of 2010 lists. It features the instrumental work of pedal steel guitar legend Lloyd Green and dobro master Mike Auldridge. You Don’t Have To Like Them Both was released in 2009 and was a #1 album on the Freeform American Roots Chart, Top Five on the Folk DJ Chart, and Top Ten on the Americana chart. The opening track, “I Know a Bird,” which was penned and sung by Brace, was the #1 Folk song on its release and a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
Phil Lee and Tom Mason
Phil Lee has never feared, personally or lyrically, to scamper out on a limb with a gleam in his eye and a hacksaw in his hand. Sometimes a club owner or promoter will “suggest” that some of his songs might ruffle a local feather or two, but be danged if he won’t have those very birds squarely in his corner before the night is done. Charm, guts and great material can get you a long way.
Lee writes intelligent songs full of wit, humor and grace that blend sizzling Dylan-esque rock and roll, country-folk, and a touch of the British Invasion. These songs end up being utterly unique and sung in a voice that can shoot straight through to your heart. Phil is currently recording a new album with members of Neil Young’s band, Crazy Horse, and is appearing in a feature film currently in production, in which he plays, oddly enough, a crusty songwriter.
Tom Mason is a true renaissance man. Life is a department store and Tom Mason is running up and down the aisles filling his pockets. A fine guitarist, a sizzling slide player and multi-instrumentalist, a seasoned actor, and a passionate songwriter, Mason is above all an entertainer, eager to share his lust for life every time he straps on a guitar or hits the stage. Since arriving in Nashville in 1993, Mason has not only established himself as a favorite in nightclubs and studios, he’s also become a sought after actor in theater and film. With his new CD Alchemy, Tom Mason draws on all his talents to create a work filled with magic.