Now is a better time than ever to listen to country music. Only the hardest headed, most fool-hearted musicians would follow their compulsion down the completely fan-baseless rabbit hole that leads to a non-crossover country album. You’d have to be totally obsessed with the sound of actual country music to play tunes that would net exactly zero dollars in album sales and yield absolutely no fame. We’re lucky to have a ton of good roots bands locally, because the country bands playing now do it solely for the love of the music, with total disregard for popular opinion, and that is going to result in some amazing work. Case in point: Copper and Coal.
Based out of the south of the Northwest (aka Portland, Oregon), this duo is set to get troglodytes tripping all over their Tony Lamas shouting about the resurrection of Loretta, Dolly, and the good ol days. What’s important to know about Copper and Coal, though, is they write all their own material (!), their self-titled debut was produced by master musician Caleb Klauder, and features a twangy, world-class band, bending notes double-four time underneath harmonies that fly higher than Gram Parsons on a heroin bender. Expect to hear happy songs about cheatin’ and honky tonks about mistreatin’. Check them out at the reliably country Little Red Hen Thursday night for $3!