The Eric Brace & Peter Cooper Band
Thursday, March 13, 8:00 PM
402 12th Ave S
Maybe you're already a fan of Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, who for the past six years have been making music that combines Everly-inspired harmonies with storytelling songwriting that has drawn praise from Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Todd Snider, Nanci Griffith and other heavyweights. Maybe you're delighted with their rhyming tales of name-changing celebrities, Johnson City jail cells, elderly tattoo recipients and busted love. Perhaps you're impressed, too, with the improvements they've made in their bench presses and 40-yard-dash times in a so-far-fruitless attempt to draw attention at the N.F.L. Scouting Combine.
If so, you'll want to know that Eric & Peter are playing a special, full-band show on Thursday, March 13 at Nashville's legendary Station Inn. But perhaps you've grown tired of these guys, or even a little suspicious. Haven't they been over-praised and over-hyped by dozens of fans, peers and publications all over some of the world? Aren't they just another Nashville pretty boy duo, put together by cash-greedy music biz suits? Is it really an achievement to lose a Grammy Award? Aren't Eric & Peter just another Bieberish story of privileged youth gone wildly awry? Well, all that is kind of subjective. Still, you should be at the Station Inn on March 13 for what, seriously, will be one of Nashville's best shows of the year. Here's why:
* One of the greatest acoustic guitarists on the planet, the affable ex-German badass Thomm Jutz, is leading a band that features: mandolinist Sierra Hull (discovered when she was knee high to a baby grasshopper by Alison Krauss, she's now working on new music to follow her acclaimed "Daybreak" album); multi-instrumentalist Justin Moses (late of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder band, he's a wizard on everything he plays); and a rhythm section of bass man Mark Fain (producer of Irene Kelley's new "Pennsylvania Coal," Fain has played with Skaggs, Jimmy Martin, John Jorgenson) and genius percussionist Lynn Williams (Delbert McClinton, John Hiatt).
* Eric & Peter's special guest will be Jerry Lawson, the sweet-singing lead vocalist of legendary a cappella group The Persuasions. Eric is producing Lawson's first-ever solo album, which features songs from Paul Simon, Phil Lee, Peter Cooper and more. Discovered by Frank Zappa, Lawson has sung with Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Sheryl Crow and numerous other big-leaguers.
*The part about Jerry Lawson being there is absolutely true.
* The show starts at 8 p.m. on the dot, in deference to folks who want to be home in time to watch "The Colbert Report" and who don't know how to operate their DVRs (And in deference to Eric, Peter and Thomm, who have an early van ride to Columbus on Friday.
This will be the gig of the year for Eric and Peter. If you like them, you'll love this. If you love them, you'll want to arrange for a designated driver and a cool washrag. If you're on the fence, you'll hop it. If you go to this one and are unimpressed, you can mark them off your list permanently and get on with the rest of your life. Please come. Come early, get a seat, eat popcorn or enjoy a beverage. Come just in time, get a seat to the side, under the awesome neon Spuds McKenzie (R.I.P.) sign. Come a little late if you have to. We will fit you in. We want to see you. We want you to hear this. We want to be able to pay for gas to Columbus.