Brace, Cooper and Jutz

Brace, Cooper and Jutz


I know the title sounds like the firm of ambulance chasing attorneys that show up on billboards everywhere.. Fortunately for all of us, they are not attorneys and they don’t play any on tv- at least none of which I’m aware…

What I am very aware of is the new CD that Eric Brace, Peter Cooper and Thomm Jutz have issued. It’s titled Profiles in Courage, Frailty and Discomfort. Doing what I do as an avocation can dull your ears. Listening to new CD after new CD with an eye towards play listing or reviewing them is a pleasure, but things can begin to run together if you’re not careful. Not so with this project. It is simply one of the most refreshing projects I’ve heard in quite a while. Three especially gifted writers with only their guitars, singing their own songs with harmony from the others might not sound so special on the outset, but that’s exactly the beauty of it: People doing what they were created and trained to do individually, pooling their talents and creating a  whole greater than the sum of its parts. I can think of no higher praise than this: I have taken this CD with me everywhere I have been in order to fully live with it for a while- not because I need to or have to for a project, but because I want to hear it again.

Don’t misunderstand, there have been more monumental individual songs written and I don’t know what longevity these songs will have, but I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know these 14 songs. Among my favorite cuts:  Hendersonville, Lonesome and Alone, Angels’ Share, If I Had a Nickel and Awful Lot Like Me.

If you’d like to get a taste of the CD, I’d recommend you watch their set from the Oct 4 episode of Music City Roots. Their set begins around the 1:18:00 mark.

This is the essence of what music is all about: Stories drawn from incidents and accidents along the journey of life set to a melody that doesn’t detract from communication of the observations. In the worst of these, the observations are trite and quickly forgotten. In the better ones, they are memorable, sometimes witty and clever. The best ones hold small details which paint pictures and point to larger ideas. Those are the ones that live on with us and touch our senses, emotions and intellect simultaneously, leaving us unable to separate the cord of that experience into individual strands. Every now and then, the rare ones come along that communicate across lines of race, economics and time. There is no real category for those. They communicate a bit of transcendence.

This CD is full of the last two kinds described. I hope you find it to be the same in your experience.



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