CLAUDE HOPPERs debut CD "Four in the Morning"
(released in 2001) is a roots rockin' sonic adventure. Filled with
the intertwined sounds of rich acoustic and lush overdriven electric
instruments, and the rough hewn vocal delivery of singer/songwriter
David Cowan, the record oozes with vibe. The songs on the record
have been described as "Big slices of Americana Pie."
Santa Barbara, California-based Claude
Hopper features producer David Cowan as the principal songwriter,
guitarist and vocalist. The Claude Hopper line-up also features
John McInnes on the bass guitar, Andy Webb on lead guitar, Michael
Rivers on the drum kit, and Chris Ulep on keyboards. Shows often
feature guest appearances by some of the crew who played on the
record including Alastair Greene on lead and slide guitar, and Chris
Cairns on banjo. Claude
Hopper flows with the sounds of alternafolk-truckrockin'-countrifried-bluesy
Claude Hopper is currently wood shedding
so to speak
at various sheds in Santa Barbara. Working
on new material for a follow up CD to be recorded in the coming
months. Our amps are sucking up electricity, children and wimpy
band members are donning ear protection, and some neighbors are
getting very, very, nervous. We look forward to sharing an exciting
new CD with yall in 2004.
David Cowan is also performing solo
acoustic sets at venues on the West Coast in support of the CD.
"I enjoy playing the solo acoustic shows," Cowan recently stated,
"it provides the listener an opportunity to hear the songs in the
raw... as they were originally written."
An Ohio native, David has been performing
with various acts in the greater Santa Barbara, California area
since arriving on the scene in 1989. A sampling of acts he has contributed
to includes Jah Bone, DNA, Jeff Bisch, Kate Bennett, Nicola Gordon,
Earl, Jay Shobe, The Adobe, Tina Schlieske, and more.
David has been an active participant
in Jim Messina's (Buffalo Springfield, Loggins and Messina, Poco)
"Songwriters Performance Workshops." David was also a member of
the "On The Couch" series at the Mint in Los Angeles as
a singer/songwriter and back-line guitarist.