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ESD MUSIC http://www.esdmusic.com/2009/09/10/johnny-cooper-follow/ Johnny Cooper: Follow Posted by Mike Farley (09/10/2009 @ 3:00 pm) It’s not like we haven’t seen our share of soulful, blues-influenced rockers in recent years – guys like Marc Broussard and Jonny Lang come to mind immediately. Well, you can add 20-year-old Texan Johnny Cooper to that list. Cooper is back with his sophomore effort, Follow, which follows his 2007 debut Ignition. The kid can sing, he can play, and he can write catchy tunes – all with the attitude that usually comes with years of seasoning. Call him an old soul, but whatever it is, it’s still unique to have this much talent at this tender of an age. Follow is oddly classified as a country release, but if it is, it’s more of the old-school Americana country and not the pop/schlock that rules country radio. Cooper is more a rocker that happens to be from Texas , and he’s already built up a nice following in his home state with a compelling vocal ability and guitar skills that defy chronology. Some of the tracks do wear thin quickly, but most of them will have you hitting repeat – especially the southern-fried opener, “Don’t Feel Like That Anymore,” the ‘60s pop-inspired “Blue,” and the positively funked up “Yes My Love.” Keep an eye and an ear on this kid – if he is this talented at 20, who knows what more living and learning will do for him, and for all of us who hear and see Cooper. (Tenacity Records 2009)
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For Immediate Release – Lawton , OK , August 12, 2009 Discount tickets for CU Emerson Drive /Johnny Cooper concert now available Cameron University is providing a discount ticket price for members of the military and all students for its upcoming fall concert, featuring Emerson Drive and Johnny Cooper. The high-energy concert takes place on Friday, Aug. 21 at Cameron Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. The concert will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display. Members of the military and their families and students of any educational facility can purchase tickets at the discounted rate of $10 each. General admission tickets are $20. There is no charge for children 6 and under. In addition, CU students, faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $5 each. General admission and discount tickets can be purchased at Crutcher’s Western Wear in Lawton ( 313 SW C Avenue , 248-2997) and Duncan (1503 N. Highway 81, 252-3220). CU student, faculty and staff tickets, as well as the general admission and discount tickets, are available at several locations on the Cameron campus – the cashier’s desk in the Administration Building, the bookstore and One-Stop in North Shepler – and can also be purchased at CU-Duncan. In addition, general admission tickets may be purchased online at www.cameron.edu/fallconcert. Tickets will also be available at the main gate of Cameron Stadium on the night of the show. Emerson Drive’s energizing live show has made them the most popular band on the college circuit, resulting in the 2008 Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Major Performance” from Campus Activities Magazine. They’ve just completed their fourth studio album, BELIEVE, hot on the heels of COUNTRIFIED, the best-selling cd that yielded the band’s first number one song, the Grammy-nominated ballad, "Moments." The band’s musical influences are diverse, ranging from AC/DC and Black Sabbath to Alabama , Merle Haggard, George Strait and Ricky Skaggs. Hailing from Wichita Falls , Texas , Johnny Cooper’s musical interest was sparked by watching live performances of a southern rock, country and blues hybrid called Red Dirt. Inspired to develop his own take on Red Dirt Music, he started performing at family gatherings, frat parties and small bars throughout Texas and Oklahoma at the age of 15 and released his first live cd one year later. A studio album, airplay, radio promotion, a distribution contract and agent soon followed. Today’s Country Magazine raves about Cooper’s latest CD, FOLLOW, citing Cooper’s individual style as “a fresh sound that has the ability to expand through multiple genres.” For more information, visit www.cameron.edu/fallconcert or contact the CU Office of Public Affairs at (580) 581-2211. ### PR# 09-165 Editors and Broadcasters: For more information, contact Janet E. Williams, Director of Media Relations, in the Office of Public Affairs at 580.581.2611.
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Texas native Johnny Cooper played to a near capacity crowd on Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at Gilley's in Dallas, once again showing everyone the versatility Texas musicians have to offer. The Lone Star State has always been a place where rock and country music merge, producing such great acts as ZZ Top and Willie Nelson. Now comes twenty year old Johnny Cooper,Johnny Cooper - RocknRollica.com providing a mix of rock, rhythm and blues, and country perfectly blended for a unique genre of music in a style all his own. Promoting his newly released CD "Follow", the Palladium Ballroom at Gilley's lit up as Cooper appeared on stage in a top hat swaying to the song "Take Your Number". Purple and green lighting set the tone for this great bluesy tune. "Yes My Love" played next with Johnny's tremendous female back up vocalists and 'Quick Mix Rick' providing a unique sound that only can be heard at a Cooper show. Sporting sunglasses for his third song "Nothing At All", Johnny refers to his drummer as 'The Octopus', because of his slinky style of play on drums. "Bring Me Down", off his new CD slowly led his female fans into the heartbreak song "Can't Hold On To You". This young new talent, along with his powerful voice and smooth dance moves, expressed to the crowd his feelings about how to "keep everything in life balanced", for that is what knowledge he has gained over his admittedly short twenty years of life.Johnny Cooper - FOLLOW Then, after successfully catching his guitar pick behind his back, he lead into his next song "Somewhere In Between". He then pulled off the Michael Jackson hit "The Way You Make Me Feel" quite nicely, sending the song straight through the heart of his audience. A slow soulful guitar solo led into "Devil Woman" for his next tune. By now, the crowd was totally into the Johnny Cooper experience. Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" was mixed into the song before Johnny begged the "Devil Woman" to stay away, giving an unexpected treat to his fans. Cooper next gave a well deserved 'Thank You' to our military troops, with the tunes "Try" and "If Loving You Is Wrong" in following. Upon exchanging hats with a fan in the front, "Blue" was next in the set, which showed off Cooper's very talented band of horns and organ play, which filled the song. The Texas native then gave "Texas" to the crowd, who were now again Johnny Cooper - RocknRollica.comdancing to the beat. Displaying his wide range in musical tastes, he then blended Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It", "When Doves Cry" and "Raspberry Beret" by Prince, for the lead into "Let It All Go", which included a request by Johnny that everyone in the audience "forget about their heavy load". The title track "Follow" was next, again mixing in a little Doobie Brothers and eighties great Jesus Jones into his act. Mr. Cooper's final encore was the late Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love", which brought to a close an incredible performance by a quickly rising star who had the crowd dancing, toe tapping, and foot stomping throughout this thrill filled night.