"Wil doesn’t mince words. The words are simple and to the point, but poetic in their bareness."
"Austin-based folk artist Wil Cope released Sunset Craves at the end of last year. Produced by Heartless Bastards’ drummer David Colvin and featuring backing vocals by their lead singer Erika Wennerstrom, the album is a reflection of the places Cope has been, vivid memories of landscapes and the poetry of his journey. There are very strong Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt and Graham Parsons influences found throughout."
“Wil Cope's debut rolls with such an easy, natural rhythm that his unassuming style camouflages a similar songwriting talent. Lurking under his laid-back Austin twang are familiar harbingers; the honky-tonking "Stumble Creek" smacks of Gram Parsons, while "Avenue H" and "We Wish" add just enough pop tinge to tilt his sound toward Ben Kweller's down-home turn. Though "Ending It All" lingers a bit too long in its Wilco wake, the heavy-lidded "Fake Pearls" evokes the picture-perfect malaise of a Sixth Street sunrise, and "Mirror in Her Heart" adds a tender touch to its chorus of "ahs" courtesy of the Heartless Bastards' Erika Wennerstrom. Cope's songs are lullabies from life's other side, delivered with the well-worn but wide-eyed embrace and conviction that sips Whiskeytown-era Ryan Adams in a dive bar scrounging rounds out of empty pockets. At least he's in good company. ”
"Cope has mastered the lost-on-a-highway sound that reminds the listener of days gone by. The intimate rapport that he builds with his audience is why Cope has been a big part of the Dayton singer/songwriter circuit for more than three years."