After several years as a member of three nationally-acclaimed bands – Horse Feathers, Jared Mees & the Grown Children and Sean Flinn – musician Sam Cooper has gone rogue, channeling his multi-instrumentalism into a truly solo album titled, “Long Lost Love”. Like a prism breaking a beam of white light into its multitudinous parts, his poetic, metaphorically-dense songs unwind on the album with complex layers of self-harmony backed by himself on a dozen multi-tracked instruments. His mastery takes the phrase “multi-instrumentalist” to impressive excess: guitar, piano, violin, accordion, flute, banjo, bass, glockenspiel, mandolin and even the charango (a kind of Andean lute). Oh, and he sings, too.
But in his live shows, it’s a different approach. Away from the technological alchemy, the focus is narrowed instead to the most personal level – connecting and communing with an audience through flannel-clad humor, musical challenges, singalongs and of course, stellar musicianship. It’s a night of pure entertainment, a northwest-style “Vegan Cabaret,” where Sam Cooper, the consummate entertainer, engages and delights the audience with a natural kind of charisma and charm.
Like any organic process, the musical ball has continued to roll and pick up speed. Starting with summertime duo shows with "Earthquake" Jake Maynard on guitar and harmony vocals, Sam is now adding 'Yeah Great Fine' guitarist/frontman Jake Hershman on bass and harmony vocals, and Nick Werth (the only other musician to perform on 'Long Lost Love') on drums and harmony vocals.