Eric Brace, Peter Cooper & Thomm Jutz Trio – Tickets – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA – April 28th, 2018

Eric Brace, Peter Cooper & Thomm Jutz Trio

Eric Brace, Peter Cooper & Thomm Jutz Trio

Saturday April 28, 2018

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

GA $15 | Premier $18 | Premier Plus $22

This event is all ages

• Full dinner and drink menu available

• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service

Eric Brace - Peter Cooper - Thomm Jutz Trio
Eric Brace - Peter Cooper - Thomm Jutz Trio
The new trio Eric Brace, Peter Cooper & Thomm Jutz is not really new.
Eric and Peter have recorded and toured as a duo for ten years now, and Thomm has been producing their records and playing with them for nearly half those years.

Their collaboration is the perfect example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. And considering the “parts” we’re talking about, that’s got to be a pretty awesome “whole.”
Eric and Peter were nominated for a Grammy for producing I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow, their 2011 release that featured them, plus Patti Griffin, Bobby Bare, Jim Lauderdale, Duane Eddy, and Tom T. Hall himself, all reprising tunes from his classic kids record of 1974, Songs of Fox Hollow.

The two of them have recorded four albums over the past eight years, a body of work that reflects their storytelling journalism backgrounds (Eric with the Washington Post, Peter with Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper), their love of harmony, their subtly wry humor, and their deep respect for the masters they've learned from and played with.

All these recordings are on Brace’s label, Red Beet Records, founded in East Nashville when he left D.C. for Music City. Red Beet also released Peter’s four solo recordings, as well as works by Eric’s much lauded and loved roots rock band Last Train Home.
As producer on several of these records, Thomm Jutz has showcased Eric and Peter’s songwriting and vocal strengths with stellar musical accompaniment, featuring his own spectacular guitar playing. Thomm adds virtuosic skill to Eric and Peter’s already evocative arrangements.

From the Black Forest region of Germany, Thomm has made Nashville his home the past fifteen years, and has become one of the most sought after bluegrass songwriters. Over the past year he’s had eight songs in the Bluegrass Radio Chart’s Top Ten, including three #1 tracks (as recorded by Mac Wiseman, Irene Kelly, and Chris Jones & the Night Drivers.) He has released three albums of original songs about the Civil War (The 1861 Project, vols. I – III), a beautiful duo album with Craig Market, Nowhere to Hide, and a 2016 solo album, Volunteer Trail.

Together, Eric, Peter, and Thomm weave their stories, songs, harmonies, and guitar playing into something special, which truly no one else is doing out there on the singer-songwriter and acoustic music scene. The lyrics are as thoughtful as those of their heroes, a list that includes John Prine, John Hartford, Kris Kristoffersen, Tom T. Hall, Paul Simon, and Townes Van Zandt. Add to that their three-part harmony work that brings to mind The Seldom Scene, Emmylou Harris, and the Everly Brothers, and their sumptuous guitar arrangements, and you have an evening of music that can’t compare to any other.

Eric and Peter’s fourth album, C&O Canal, was released in 2016, and has been named to several “Year’s Best” lists. Named for the historic waterway that runs from Washington D.C. up into the Appalachian Mountains, the album is Brace & Cooper’s tribute to Washington’s folk, bluegrass, blues, and country scenes from the ‘60s through the ‘80s. Both spent their high school years in Washington (and in Brace’s case, many of his adult years as well), and both absorbed the musical lessons of such Washington stars as the Seldom Scene, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter. This album of covers pays homage to those and others, and was produced, recorded, mixed, and arranged by Thomm, whose acoustic guitar playing and vocal harmonies are found all over C&O Canal.

Thomm also recorded, produced, mixed, and played on the third Brace & Cooper duo record, The Comeback Album (2013), a sparkling collection that features the pair's splendid harmonies and deft storytelling. In addition to The Comeback Album, in 2013 Brace and Cooper each released solo projects: Peter’s Opening Day (his third solo album) was heralded as “reflecting his witty, literate world views,” while Eric's “folk opera” set in the California Gold Rush, Hangtown Dancehall, which he’s currently turning into a stage musical.

Eric Brace & Peter Cooper have recorded two other duo releases. In 2010 their Master Sessions album appeared, featuring the masters in the album title: pedal steel guitar legend Lloyd Green and dobro innovator Mike Auldridge. and the album made numerous critics’ Best-of 2010 lists. Their first record together, 2008’s You Don’t Have To Like Them Both, was a Top Ten album on the Roots, Americana, and Folk charts.

Brace and Cooper have acclaimed 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, and runs the East Nashville-based label Red Beet Records. Cooper has four solo releases on Red Beet: Depot Light: Songs of Eric Taylor (2015), Opening Day (2013), The Lloyd Green Album (2010), and Mission Door (2007). He works as a scholar and writer at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Prior to that, he was senior music writer for The Tennessean newspaper, and is also currently a professor of country music history at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. Peter

The duo has opened on large stages for John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Don Williams, Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell, Iris Dement, Chris Smither, Dan Tyminsky, Travis Tritt & Jerry Douglas, among others. They've shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Tom T. Hall, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Suzy Bogguss, Dan Navarro, Marshall Chapman, Kim Carnes, and others. They've played such U.S. festivals as Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Tin Pan South, Americana Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, 30A Songwriters, and Knoxville Rhythm and Blooms, as well as the Truck, Summertyne, and Maverick festivals in the U.K.
Venue Information:
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180