Victory North, Savannah’s latest live music venue, is continuing its winning streak of booking exciting acts.
Nashville’s Liz Cooper and the Stampede are set for a Sept. 9.
Liz Cooper was a golfer, not a rocker. Cooper played golf her whole life and was on an athletic scholarship at Townson University in Maryland when she came to the realization that she preferred making music to practicing putting. At the end of her freshman year, Cooper traded her 9-iron for a 6-string and packed up for Nashville. There Cooper plugged into the Music City scene and made lots of creative friends including Okey Dokey, Cage the Elephant, Rayland Baxter, and Desert Noises.
Cooper started out performing her dreamy folk songs on acoustic guitar, but when she switched to electric guitar her sound left the ground into more spacious, or spacey, territory. Cooper's Stampede is Grant Prettyman on bass and Ryan Usher on drums. The trio manages to stir up a psychedelic churn of atmospheric folk-rock that veers from a shimmery drift into swirling guitar jams.
The band released its first EP, “Monsters,” in 2014, followed by a pair of terrific Audiotree Live recordings in 2016 and 2017 that earned them a growing fanbase. Then in 2018, Liz Cooper and the Stampede released their debut full-length album "Window Flowers" (Sleepyhead Records).
"Window Flowers" was co-produced by TJ Alias with the band at Welcome to 1979 Studios in Nashville and features guest appearances from many of her Nashville friends like Will Brown (Michael Nau), Michael and Ben Ford (Airpark), Gianni Gibson (Future Thieves), Leah Blevins, Emily Kohavi (Kacey Musgraves, Eminem) and Steve Dawson. Cooper's pretty, but slightly scuffed up vocals carry a twang that may lead "Window Flowers" to be labeled Americana, but with all of the psychedelic textures produced by the band, it is a little bit more difficult to categorize Liz Cooper and the Stampede.
That slipperiness of Cooper's sound is even more evident on the band's latest live EP, "Live in Chicago" (Sleepyhead 2019). The EP only features four tracks, but they perfectly represent what Liz Cooper and company are capable of conjuring on stage.
Fan favorites like "Dalai Lama" are stretched out into trance-inducing guitar jams that belie the softer, folkier side of Cooper's music. When Cooper and the Stampede take the Victory North stage expect a dynamic mix of soft, laid-back folk and groovy, spaced-out rock.
Nashville's Harpooner is opening for Cooper. Harpooner is the solo project of Scott Schmadeke and has been described as chamber groove-pop with lush string arrangements and piano power-ballads.