At age 22, Texas singer, songwriter and guitarist Johnny Cooper is already a well-traveled musician. His second CD, Ignition has sold over 25,000 copies, and the release of his latest album, Follow has already earned him two Top 10 singles, â€śBring Me Downâ€ť and â€śCrazyâ€ť. In his five years as a professional musician, Cooper has amassed a large following throughout the Southwest, performing over 200 shows a year, and has been a featured artist at the SXSW music festival in Austin.
Follow is an evocative blend of soul, blues, rock and pop thatâ€™s exemplified by the first single â€śBring Me Down.â€ťÂ Over the songâ€™s deep groove and buzzing guitars, Cooper lays down the law in the lyrics;
â€śYou say my musicâ€™s got too much edge Well hell yeah, thatâ€™s how I was taught Screaming guitars and people up on the bars Thatâ€™s the way we like to rock For some reason youâ€™ll always look at me Just like Iâ€™m a kid Why you creeping around out back Watching every little thing I didâ€ť
The disc expands on the style for which Cooper became known–â€śred dirt,â€ť a Texas southern rock, country and blues hybrid–and was produced by Glenn Rosenstein and Dexter Green. Rosenstein has produced such artists as Ziggy Marley, Jill Sobule and Michelle Shocked and engineered songs by James Brown, Talking Heads and Sting. Greenâ€™s credits include co-writing and producing the Collective Soul 2004 hit â€śBetter Now.â€ť
The albums opening track, â€śDonâ€™t Feel Like That Anymore,â€ť was chosen as his first track for Rock Band as well. Gritty guitar hooks and a deep, bluesy groove make it a natural “feel good” rock band experience.
As Cooper says about his live shows and his music in general, â€śOur goal is to make you forget about everything else and just cut loose for a couple hours.â€ť
Johnny Cooper’s songs on RBN