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Jack of All Trades

by Scott Cooper

Bluegrass and acoustic Americana music from Bay Area jam band veteran Scott Cooper features cameos from Caitlin Cary (Whiskeytown), Jim Lewin (Great American Taxi), Dale Ockerman (Doobie Brothers).
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1. She Is Mine
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2. Save Your Love for Me
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3. Stuck in the Mud
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4. Sealed With Tears
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5. Pirate's Revenge
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6. Heads or Tails
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7. Karma
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8. Silver Dollar City
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10. Run Boy Run
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11. Happy Valley Blues
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Album Notes
Multi-instrumentalist Scott Cooper is a veteran of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. Though best known for fronting the popular Grateful Dead tribute the China Cats, Scott is well-known for having his hands in multiple projects simultaneously. He has been playing bass with Bay Area jam band the Gary Gates Band for nearly a decade and plays on Gary's heralded CD "San Gregorio General Store" produced by John Nowland (Neil Young, Jewel). Scott’s other current projects include bluegrass combo The Intangibillies, performing solo gigs, and fronting his own band, not to mention various pick-up and sidework around the Bay Area. In 2012, Scott performed with Donna Godchaux of the Grateful Dead, then later in the same week, Dead bassist Phil Lesh sat in with the Gary Gates Band, using Scott's rig.

A native of St. Louis, Scott began his music career as a drummer backing blues legends such as Johnny Shines and Luther Tucker, as well as regional artists Robert Lowery and Lady Bo (Bo Diddley's lead guitarist). Then he played in a band with Ben Ellman (later with Galactic) and Luca Fredericksen (later with Wolfman Washington). After that, he played in a blues band with Rusty Zinn and Marc Carino, later of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

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, and contributing original material. Scott has since recorded three CDs with Stackabones, on which he plays drums, bass, guitar and keyboards.

When he's not gigging or recording his prolific repertoire of original material, Scott teaches guitar at UC-Santa Cruz, and sells djembes for Drumskull Drums.

Scott has also worked as music journalist for the NY Times syndicate and LA Times syndicate, blues deejay at KUSP, new age deejay at KLRS, Program Manager at KSCO and Editor for OnRadio, supplying CD reviews, music news and artist interviews to radio stations' web sites.


- Charlie Tweddle, Greatest Hits (1999)

- Al Frisby, The Piggies Are Dying (1998)

- Stackabones, Cathy Ann (1996)

- Stackabones, This Ribbon of Highway (2005)

- Stackabones, The Wax Still Drips (2011)

- Gary Gates Band, Live at the San Gregorio General Store (2008)

- Scott Cooper, A Leg Trick (2012)

- Scott Cooper, Jack of All Trades (2013)

"Girl In the Garden" reaches #3 on CDBaby's Jam Band charts! (3/21/12)

"A Leg Trick" reaches #5 on jam band radio charts (March, 2012)

" A talented multi-instrumentalist, Scott Cooper delivers a unique brand of bluegrass and Americana, and currently has several solo albums to his credit."

"Though Scott Cooper—known for his work as frontman of Santa Cruz Grateful Dead tribute The China Cats—always seems to have his plate full, he managed to churn out a solo debut 'A Leg Trick' last year, which reached #5 on the Jam Band Radio Charts. The 11-track LP—featuring several guest spots including Doobie Bros’ Dale Ockerman and Little Feat’s Bill Payne—is a trifecta of Americana, New Orleans sound and jammy Grateful Dead goodness."
-- Monterey Weekly

"The CD is fantastic, thanks. It is now in the rotation. Here we go !!!!!!!!!!!!!" -- Basketball legend Bill Walton

"... it sounds like something a well-oiled roots/jam band could have done in one good night.... A showcase for his songwriting ... he can write material worthy of the bands he loves."
- Brett Milano, Offbeat Magazine

"The album is an 11-track conglomeration of groove-based American rock sprinkled with blues, country and New Orleans-inspired sounds to bring out the best boogie-woogie flavor in each song." -
Matt Weir, SC Weekly

"11 immediately catchy Americana tunes" - Glen Starkey, SLO New Times

"Cooper is the guitarist for the Dead tribute band China Cats, but his credits are as long as your arm (Secret Chimp, Gary Gates Band, Rusty Zinn, Banana Slug String Band, Stackabones, Deep Blue Sea, etc.) and his excellent new jammy/New Orleans rock 'n' R&B CD "A Leg Trick" hit No. 5 on Relix Magazine's jam band radio charts." - Mac McDonald, Monterey Herald

"Holy cow, Scott Cooper’s new CD A Leg Trick is a phat collection of 11 bluesy, jammy, Americana tunes ... Polished and infectious, it’s a CD you can love on the first listen. It’s a pretty sweet CD." -- Glenn Starkey, SLO New Times

"Just wanted to let you know that I found the Leg Trick copy you sent to K-Dirt...have been listening to it the past couple of days and am very impressed! You really rolled in some excellent touches throughout the record and the overall fidelity is most pleasing to the ear + mind. In my opinion, not too many folks know how to capture a good sound on record did! Love the clarity & spread of instruments, real nice job on the vocals and the track sequencing is cool. A couple of the songs really have struck a chord in where my own scene is right thanks for that! You and Barry handle the the work on "Caboose Is Loose" quite well."-- Rod Moseanko, KDRT, Davis, CA

"Guitarist-singer Scott Cooper ... just released a solo CD, "A Leg Trick," a bluesy Americana collection of tunes written by Scott except for a cover of Warren Zevon's "Accidentally Like a Martyr." In addition to playing guitar, Scott plays bass, drums and keyboards on the CD with cameos from band members of Galactic, Little Feat, Great American Taxi, the Doobie Brothers and others." -- Rita Blomster, Sacramento Bee

"Some excellent tunes from a new release by Scott Cooper of Santa Cruz...the cd is called "A Leg Trick" and is primo! Great batch of recordings that encompass the rolling sounds of New Orleans and even some fine classic Bay Area-style music that is totally refreshing to hear these-a-days." -- Rod Moseanko, KDRT, Davis, CA

"The 11-track LP is a medley of Americana, New Orleans sounds and jammy Dead goodness. The instrumental “Caboose on the Loose” is a good-time-traveling tune led by pedal steel and guitar and would have easily fit into Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions’ song gamut. “So Right So Long” brings a laid back, Steely Dan ’70s crispness. And on “Dance the Night,” Cooper shows off the whiteboy blues chops he picked up as a sit-in drummer at So-Cal blues clubs."
-- Adam Joseph, Monterey Weekly

"Though Scott Cooper—known for his work as frontman of Santa Cruz Grateful Dead tribute The China Cats—always seems to have his plate full, he managed to churn out a solo debut A Leg Trick last year, which reached #5 on the Jam Band Radio Charts. The 11-track LP—featuring several guest spots including Doobie Bros’ Dale Ockerman and Little Feat’s Bill Payne—is a trifecta of Americana, New Orleans sound and jammy Grateful Dead goodness."
-- Adam Joseph, Monterey Weekly

"A fierce, well-rounded musician... His latest effort, "A Leg Trick" (is) a collection of tunes ranging from New Orleans-style gumbo to a country slide guitar bonanza." -- DNA, Good Times, Santa Cruz

"A longtime fixture in Santa Cruz music circles, multi-instrumentalist Scott Cooper moves freely between improvisational jams, rock, bluegrass and folk music. A celebrated and often-used sideman, Cooper has recently taken center stage with his first solo release, A Leg Trick" --

"Santa Cruz- based Cooper releases an album with varying sounds of New Orleans, blues, jazz, rock and Grateful Dead, with a few short jammy phrases. Some nice moments and solid playing throughout."
-- DJ Dizzy Jackson, KZSU

"I'm digging the CD. The Tallahassee line in the opener hooked me, the radio chick song is groovy, and the best parts are the jams in between...Keep up the good work"
-- Thor, WMNF, Tampa

"Scott is in love with music. Just listen to his new recording, “A Leg Trick.” 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

"Scott Cooper .. has mustered some of the finest talent in the Bay Area for his latest album. Despite a long time in the making, Cooper has finally reached his glory, not only for his latest masterpiece, but also as a multi-instrumentalist." -- Andrew Tuckman,

"Darn fine CD, bunch of good tunes"
-- Hack, WECS

"Good stuff. I'm lookin forward to play more of this stuff, sounding good."
-- Papa Sam, KUSP

"That's called Caboose on the Loose. I just love that swingin' instrumental"
-- David Gans, KPFA. Dead to the World

"Has that down-south vibe, with solid horns, piano, drums. Nice ... killer slide. Both old-timey and barroom sounding. Solid ... Grateful Dead stylings. Easy-going vibe ... Upbeat, jazzy, country blues a la Taj and Dr. John with piano, wah-wah guitar, cool drumbeat. Nice ... Hint of Allman Bros. at first, then that New Orleans mood.... Dead vibe right down to the vocals ... jammy barroom sound ... Really Dead-ish. "
-- DJ Dizzy Jackson, KZSU


Springfield News-Leader (June 17, 2013):

Offbeat Magazine (Sept. 1, 2012):

Monterey Weekly feature (June 7, 2012):

Santa Cruz Sentinel feature (June 28, 2012):

Sacramento Bee Critic Pick (July 13, 2012):

Monterey Herald (July 25, 2012):

Santa Cruz Weekly (Aug 15, 2012):


Radio Airplay:
KPIG (Freedom, CA)
WWOZ (New Orleans, LA)
KBOO (Portland, OR)
WWUH (Hartford, CT)
WECS (Windham, CT)
WMNF (Tampa, FL)
KHDX (St. Louis, MO)
KZSC (Santa Cruz, CA)
KUSP (Santa Cruz, CA)
KDRT (Davis, CA)
KKUP (Cupertino, CA)
KZSU (Stanford, CA)
KXCI (Tucson, AZ)
KPFA (Berkeley, CA)
WKPS (State College, PA)
KHMB (Half Moon Bay, CA)
WVOF (Fairfield, CT)
WGAO (Franklin, MA)
Radio Free Americana (web)
Ear Candy for the Mind (web)



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