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Exclusive Interview: Ross Cooper

Ross Cooper

In today’s country music, it is common to find new artists putting a pop/rock twist on tracks, sometimes blurring the lines between what is truly defined as country music and what is more often referred to as “Top 40.” Enter Ross Cooper, a native-born Texan who couldn’t have the heels of his cowboys boots dug deeper into classic country in every sense of the word.

Ross grew up in a rodeo family, so, naturally, he became involved with rodeo at a young age. However, his mother, albeit a rodeo lover herself, was also involved in music. Growing up, Ross’s mother had a guitar, but, for some unknown reason, he (like many kids) took piano lessons. Finally, Ross reached the end of his rope with the piano, put his cowboy boot down and told his mother he wasn’t playing piano any longer and wanted to take guitar lessons instead.

Once his mother agreed to let Ross make the instrument switch, he also began writing songs. The first song Ross wrote was when he was ten years old and it was with his mother on piano, and, admittedly, the song was “terrible.” In junior high, Ross decided he wanted to start a band, “because that’s what you do!” and he got together with a few friends, one of whom’s mother owned a local blues bar. The group would sneak into the bar and play their Sunday night jams. By the time the group entered high school, they had a well-groomed band.

While Ross was making music with his friends, he was also becoming more and more involved with the rodeo. Ross was a bucking horse bareback rider through high school and even quit football during his sophomore year to focus on riding. He continued on this path through college and then started to pro rodeo. In an unfortunate twist of fate, Ross tore his knee, not once, but twice, and was required to take time off from rodeoing. At that point, he had to figure out what path to take moving forward, as he was still playing music regularly. “Music kinda filled the gap, so much to the point that I had to make a choice between the two. So, here I am.”

Review: Ross Cooper’s “Give It Time”

Image Courtesy of Ross Cooper

In a day and age where country music is inching closer to the border of pop, a new artist emerges and takes us back to the roots of our beloved genre. Ross Cooper is entering the scene with a song that drips with honesty and explores the ongoing pain involved with rejection and heartache.

“Give It Time” is a quiet and simplistic ode to facing pain and exploring its propensity to linger. “It makes no difference to me where the pain starts cause there’s always hurt in life,” croons Cooper. “What won’t kill us first, my friends, give it time, just give it time, give it time, just give it time.” Cooper, ultimately, finds a ray of hope and pleads that if grace lifts him back up after his fall, his wounds will heal. However, the forthright lyrics painstakingly remind us that hurt is a demon that is hard to conquer.

With Cooper’s gritty vocals, coupled with an air of helplessness, the project exudes pain in the most truthful way. “Give It Time” transports classic country into the twenty-first century in a way that today’s country fans can relate to, appreciate, and embrace.

Cooper’s album, also entitled Give It Time, will be released on March 18th.

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Country Cast For “The Big Bang Theory”

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March Madness is making me a little, well, a little mad.  It’s now been two straight weeks that basketball has bounced The Big Bang Theory from CBS’ Thursday night lineup.

Along with being a huge fan of country music, I (along with millions of others) am also a big fan of the show.  The cast may be perfect down to the last micro-particle, but I’m going to mess with it anyway with this little “waiting for a new episode” time killer.

I’ve decided to replace the show’s regular stars with country stars who might be good at getting their geek on.  (For those who are old enough to remember it, insert the Folgers Crystals reference here.)  Please know that I’m in no way calling out the coolness of any of the singers included in the casting.  If anything, it should be seen as an honor to be picked for a place in the ultimate geek squad.

Some of the cast members were picked because they kind of look like the originals.  Others were picked because of the attitude they would bring to the role.  One choice is simply for the comedy of forcing this person to play the part.  Will you are agree or disagree with the casting?  Or will you have some ideas of your own?

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