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AL FRISBY / Press

“Some of the songs on the new album date back to the early 1990s when Cooper was playing drums for the band Deep Blue Sea. Many of those were recently re-recorded with the help from many of the session guys Cooper has played with over the years, from Lewin to New Orleans bon vivant Al Frisby to White Album Ensemble mainstay Dale Ockerman.”

“Frisby, known for his work as a comedian, is also adept at the lost art of the one-man band, playing guitar, lap steel, dobro, mandolin, National steel and several more instruments.”

“From a short distance, Al Frisby looks like a classic Santa Cruz surfer: rich silver locks atop a lanky frame. But when face-to-face, Frisby’s drawl reveals his Louisiana roots. The beloved singer/songwriter spouts a wellspring of local lore, has an encyclopedic knowledge of New Orleans music, and offers a slightly demented view of the world—in other words, he’s a colorful character. By the time Frisby arrived in Santa Cruz in the early ’90s, he had made a name for himself by writing comical novelty songs that poked fun at the counterculture. For example, “Deadheads on Bad Paper Acid,” is, according to Frisby, “A good ballad waltz about being raised in a VW van and traveling around the country.” Over the years, he has created numerous musical projects, including a show comprised of spiritual anthems, called “The Gospel Project,” with Grammy-nominated soul singer Tammi Brown.”

"There were no instruments in sight when I met the musician and comedian Al Frisby at a local cafe last week, but there might as well have been 14. The steamed milk vortex that threatened to drown out our voices quickly faded to a distant murmur as the curly-haired artist, wearing green lizard-skin boots, dragged me (and the person pretending to do work at the table next to us) on a wild ride through the Deep South where he grew up, beginning in the swamps of Louisiana"