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Genres You Will Love
Rock: Jam-band Moods: Featuring Guitar Country: Americana Moods: Type: Acoustic Blues: Electric Blues

By Location
United States - California - SF United States - California

Interview & CD Review from Jam Band Friendly

Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper is a veteran of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He started out as a drummer backing blues legends such as Johnny Shines and Luther Tucker, as well as regional artists Robert Lowery, Lady Bo (Bo Diddley's lead guitarist) and Rusty Zinn. Then played in a band with Ben Ellman (later with Galactic) and Luca Fredericksen (later with Wolfman Washington). In the 90s, he worked with a popular jam band called Deep Blue Sea, which allowed him the vehicle to write original material. From there it was on to play with Relix Records jam band Stackabones, where Scott eventually moved from behind the drums to playing bass. Scott has recorded three CDs with Stackabones where he plays drums, bass, guitar and keyboards. Once established as a bass player Scott started working with the Gary Gates Band, another established jam band in the Bay Area. Scott has been playing with Gary for nearly a decade now and is on Gary's popular "At the San Gregorio General Store" CD produced by John Nowland (Neil Young, Jewel). Since 2008, Scott has fronted the popular Grateful Dead tribute band the China Cats, where he handles the Bob Weir rhythm guitar parts. Scott is well known for having more musical projects than most musicians. Current projects include leading a monthly bluegrass jam, performing solo gigs, playing children's music with the Banana Slug String Band, and a side project called the Secret Chimp with Jim Lewin (Great American Taxi) and Bill Laymon (NRPS, David Nelson Band, Kingfish). When he's not gigging or recording his prolific repertoire of original material, Scott sells djembes for Drumskull Drums and teaches guitar at UC-Santa Cruz.

"Scott Cooper is in love with music. Just listen to this recording. Listen to the whole CD, like we used to when we played records, and listen to it LOUD! You will feel his passion, his humor, his respect for his musical elders and the roots of Americana music. You can feel his heart beating with a rhythm that started with Allan Toussaint and Chuck Berry, and beat it on down the line with Lowell George and Jerry Garcia. Scott is the kind of musician we want to hear, we long for. He inspires us to dance and smile and fall in love. There is one word for this: SOUL ... and Scott has it in spades!"

-- Larry Graff, The Banana Slug String Band