Cooper Street is...
Peter Goodman Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, & Keyboards
Kevin Drinkard Guitar, Vocals, & Mandolin
Blake Cooper Bass & Guitar
Dan Phipps Drums & Vocals
Cooper Street is an alt-country Americana rock band based in Santa Cruz, California. They are inspired by the unique and haunting sounds of bands such as Wilco, Drive-by Truckers, Ryan Adams, Counting Crows, and The Wallflowers, yet they have their own unique flavor of thoughtful lyrics and well-crafted melodies. Whether playing edgy rock or moving ballads, the band’s inspired energy is evident on their records and live performances.
During the recent pandemic, Cooper Street finished up their third record called "Love in Oversupply". The title is part of the lyrics from one of Kevin's songs "Miracle Worker". There are a 19 original songs on this record! The songs explore a broad range of topics and emotions – from love, longing, and loss, … to friendship and hope, … and much more. Each song deserves a listen, and the album will likely find its way into your musical rotation. You can take a listen to the record on our web site "Records" section. We hope you enjoy.
Singer-songwriter Peter Goodman displays a lyrical and melodic maturity seldom heard in today's popular music. His alternative, rock-solid songwriting is refreshing and provocative and reveals unexpected depth. Over the years, his music has been well-received in Santa Cruz area venues such as Cantine Winepub, Joe's Bar, Henfling’s Tavern and others. Peter also does solo gigs for quieter events.
The contributions of Cooper Street’s other singer/songwriter, Kevin Drinkard, complement the band’s repertoire nicely. On guitar, Kevin uses an expressive finger style technique, inspired by musicians such as Pierre Bensusan and Martin Simpson, to weave counter melody, lead, and occasional power-chord progressions throughout the performance.
The band's rhythm section is Blake Cooper on bass and Dan Phipps on drums. Dan draws on his extensive knowledge of and collection of music and his years behind the drums to drive the band along. His quirky sense of humor often comes out in his solid, yet playful approach to drumming. Blake locks in on the five-string bass, drawing on his own influences, which range from Jack Cassidy to Christian McBride.
When not playing great music, Peter has his own consulting business, Kevin is the Math Coordinator for Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Dan is an IT master, and Blake used to design communications headsets but now is retired.
From these diverse backgrounds, these Santa Cruz residents create the multi-faceted musical entity that is Cooper Street.
They are prompt and professional with a set list that can cover up to four hours. They are ready to play for all occasions at your venue.
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