Eric Brace & Peter Cooper | You Don't Have to Like Them Both

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You Don't Have to Like Them Both

by Eric Brace & Peter Cooper

Two singer-songwriters (plus a stellar Nashville band) combine forces on their own songs and on songs by Kristofferson, Lauderdale, Snider, Olney and more.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. I Know a Bird
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2. Omar's Blues
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3. Down to the Well
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4. Drinking From a Swimming Pool
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5. The Man Who Loves to Hate
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6. The First in Line
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7. Denali, Not Mckinley
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8. I Know Better Now
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9. Lucky Bones
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10. Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still
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11. Just the Other Side of Nowhere
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12. Yesterdays and Used to Be's
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Album Notes
This highly acclaimed CD was a Top Ten release on both the Americana and Folk charts upon its release, and was #1 on the Freeform Americana Roots chart. Mix Magazine called it "a really beautiful, enjoyable album," and No Depression magazine said it was "a true-hearted pleasure." Audiophile Audition said it was "a treat for the ears and the soul." And none other than the great Rodney Crowell said Brace and Cooper had put out "a smoking good batch of songs."

Eric Brace is the frontman of the acclaimed Nashville-based
alt-country band Last Train Home. A former music journalist for The Washington Post, Brace collaborates here with another music journalist, Peter Cooper, senior music writer and critic for the Nashville daily, The Tennessean. Together, they blend their styles and their voices to create a unique release, "You Don't Have to Like Them Both," a blend of original compositions and songs by the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Todd Snider, Jim Lauderdale, and David Olney. It also features the stellar musicianship of legendary pedal steel player Lloyd Green as part of the core band that included great Nashville musicians, Dave Roe, Jen Gunderman, and Paul Griffith. Also joining in the fun are Tim O'Brien, Kenny Vaughan, Tim Carroll, Richard Bennett, Daniel Tashian, Jon Byrd and Scotty Huff. Brace has toured Europe, Australia, and all over the U.S. with Last Train Home, a prolific and much admired band with 8 CDs and one DVD to its name. Cooper is one of Nashville's rising songwriting stars, whose debut CD,"Mission Door" was hailed by the likes of Kris Kristofferson and Tom T. Hall as a powerful work from a confident artist.

The lead track on the CD, Brace's "I Know A Bird" was the #1 folk song upon its release and received honors from the International Songwriting Competition out of 15,500+ entries.



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Great songs, great voices, great musicians, great people - I have had the pleasure of seeing these 2 guys live and was even allowed to play harmonica with them on one song at a gig in Germany and I've seen Eric's band Last Train Home twice live and this is just the best ever music from the heart from 2 very talented musicians - support quality, buy this CD!

Marie Post

You'll LOVE them both!
Either one on his own is pretty incredible, but put Eric Brace and Peter Cooper together and you've got yourself a powerful duo.

My husband and I have been fans of Eric for over three years. We first heard of Last Train Home on XM's Cross Country on a Christmas show they'd recorded a few years earlier. A couple of months later, they did a show in our small city, we went to see them, and that was the start of a beautiful relationship.

We went to a LTH show in Johnson City, TN, last spring which was opened by Peter. We bought his cd "Mission Door", and I became a rabid fan.

Since then, we've gone to see either/both every opportunity we've had (and some that we've invented) and were privileged to attend the "You Don't Have to Like Them Both" cd release party in Nashville last weekend. We've had the cd for a month, though, and it's quickly become my favorite. (I'm listening to it on my office computer now.)

The harmonies are so sweet. They've chosen songs that showcase both of their voices. And, for those of you who don't like country music or pedal steel, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how well these guys sing these songs and how beautiful and spare pedal steel can be when it's played properly.

Besides, it's Americana, not country!