As we type this, it's August 17, and that means the new album is out by the brand new trio, Eric Brace, Peter Cooper & Thomm Jutz !!! They're not really new, in fact they've been at it in all but name for several years now.
The Eric Brace & Peter Cooper duo has recorded and toured together for almost a decade now, and their last two albums were recorded in Thomm’s studio, with Thomm in the role as recording engineer, producer, guitarist, and harmony singer. Whenever they could, they’ve taken Thomm on the road, a sideman extraordinaire whose sublime flatpicking guitar style elevates anything Thomm weaves it into. But Eric and Peter knew that Thomm was also a world class songwriter, and they kept twisting his arm to take front-and-center during their shows and sing a few of his own compositions. It was only a matter of time before the duo-into-trio transformation became official. It was a matter of making a record. Which they’ve now done. As a trio.
Called Profiles in Courage, Frailty, and Discomfort (no, really) the album is out on Eric’s East Nashville label Red Beet Records, and it has 14 songs by all three members, tackling such weighty topics as moonwalks, steamboat captaining, dollar-slots, Johnny Cash’s gravesite, Jerry Lee Lewis’s birthplace, Willie Nelson’s notions of eternity, the downside of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and a Tennessee town flooded for the sake of electricity.
Eric, Peter, and Thomm each has something distinct and slightly skewed to say about the world, and when they bring their singular perspectives to the trio table, it’s a perfect example of a whole being much greater than the sum of its parts. And what parts they are! Check out the record on their "artist" page:
and in the store here:
But that's not all. Also in this site's store, click on the "Peter Cooper" tab and look at that: a BOOK!!! Peter wrote a spectacularly great book filled with tales of the true Nashville, called Johnny's Cash & Charlie's Pride: Lasting Legends and Untold Adventures in Country Music. It's sublime, and you should get it.
Also in the pipeline is a great new bluegrass album from Thomm, and an album of old French songs from Eric, featuring the spectacular multi-instrumentalist Rory Hoffman.
More tour dates are being added steadily, so keep checking the tour calendar. In fact tonight the Brace/Cooper/Jutz trio is packing to fly to Colorado where they'll play on the rio Grande Scenic Railroad on Aug. 18 and 19. They should bring and oxygen tank, but we think they'll be okay.