Liz Cooper & The Stampede comes back to town on Feb. 15 for a highly anticipated show produced by Savannah Stopover at The Jinx. Savannah’s own Isaac Smith, one of the best performers in the region, will open.
The first time I heard Cooper sing, I immediately thought of the piercing vocals of Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane.
That was last March during Liz Cooper & The Stampede’s Savannah Stopover set. Despite being new to many of us, the band had already made it onto many of attendees’ lists of artists to watch, and The Jinx was packed for that impressive afternoon show.
It quickly became clear that, even as they reference an earlier era of rock, Liz Cooper & The Stampede bring something fresh and immediate to the stage.
Liz Cooper & The Stampede returned to Savannah in August as opener for Houndmouth as part of B&D Burgers’ ambitious summer series. Once again, the trio of Cooper (guitar), Grant Prettyman (bass) and Ryan Usher (drums) owned the stage.
By that time, Liz Cooper & The Stampede had released the rich debut album “Window Flowers” on Sleepyhead Records, and in subsequent months the band toured with Lord Huron, Deer Tick, Ron Gallo and Blitzen Trapper.
Not surprisingly, the national media — NPR, American Songwriter, The New York Times, Billboard — started paying attention, and the beautiful song “Mountain Man” racked up more than 1.8 million plays on Spotify, while “Hey Man” and other tracks give the record a subversive edge that carries over to the live shows.
It might sound clichéd to talk about a band having a “breakout year,” but 2019 sure feels like a breakout year for Liz Cooper & The Stampede.
The Nashville-based trio returns to Savannah in the midst of an extended tour that covers much of the eastern half of the United States. The group has already announced two dozen additional headlining shows in the spring, including a swing out west.
Tickets ($12) for the show at The Jinx are now available via Ticketfly.
Savannah Stopover has booked JD McPherson for another festival “pre-show” on Feb. 23 at The Jinx.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.