Free Range Concerts Presents
An Evening With
Eric Brace &
Sunday, June 21, 2015
6 pm - 10 pm
Up from Nashville and back by popular demand for their second Free Range Concert are Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, joined once again by the incomparable guitarist Thomm Jutz. If you caught this trio here a year ago, you know why we’re excited. This is songwriting, harmony singing, guitar picking and personal performance at their finest.
Kim and I met Eric and Peter at the Americana Music Festival in Telluride two years go. We were smitten by their music, warmth and terrific sense of humor. We knew we had to share them with our friends.
Here’s the lowdown:
Artists in their own right, Nashville-based Eric and Peter are musical touring partners who have collaborated on three albums. On “Master Sessions” they fronted a band featuring pedal steel guitar legend Lloyd Green and dobro master Mike Auldridge, and the album made numerous critics’ Best-of 2010 lists. Their first record together, “You Don’t Have To Like Them Both”, was a Top Ten album on the Roots, Americana, and Folk charts. Their 2013 release, “The Comeback Album”, is a stunner.
Both Grammy nominees, Eric and Peter have created a body of work that reflects their journalistic sensibilities, a love of harmony and wry humor, and their deep respect for the masters they've played with. They also have distinguished music careers outside their work as a duo. Brace, a former music journalist for the Washington Post, leads the renowned roots rock band Last Train Home. Started in Washington, D.C. in 1997, and now based in Nashville, Brace & LTH have released eight CDs, several EPs, and a full-length concert DVD, with a new album in the works.
On moving to Nashville, Brace found a kindred spirit in Peter Cooper, a music writer for the Tennessean and other publications, and a professor of country music at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. Cooper released two critically praised solo records, Mission Door from 2008 and The Lloyd Green Album in 2010 on Brace’s Red Beet Records label.
Thomm Jutz was born in Germany’s Black Forest, and he started playing music at age six. He won several nationwide competitions as a teenager before studying classical guitar at the University of Stuttgart. Though he played gigs all over Germany and neighboring countries with blues and rock bands, his true love has always been country, bluegrass and folk music. In 2003 he moved to Nashville to start his creative life over. Since then, Thomm has written songs and produced albums for some great Nashville artists including Nanci Griffith and Otis Gibbs. In January he released an outstanding album, “Nowhere To Hide,” co-written and performed with Craig Market.
Rangers, this is real deal, big-time music, up close and personal. If you missed them last year, don’t make the same mistake. Give your special daddy a treat he’ll really enjoy this Father’s Day: Eric Brace, Peter Cooper and Thomm Jutz.
Food and conversation start at 6 pm. Music happens at 7 pm. Pitch-in and BYOB. RSVP requested. Reservations required.