A Chat With: Dick Cooper

Today in A Chat With we talk with the RPM award winning songwriter and guitarist for The Cooper Brothers, Dick Cooper. Dick is also a professor at Algonquin College teaching songwriting and performance for the Introduction To Music Industry Arts program.

1. How would you describe your sound?

I would say Country Rock, but some have described us as Southern Rock.

2. Who are your influences?

As a band, our influences are Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Gram Parsons, early Eagles. As a song writer, my influences range from the Beatles to Carlos Jobim.

3. What’s on the horizon for your music in 2019/2020?

Just contemplating another album. Which would be our 9th.

4. What is your creative process?

As a song writer, I keep a daily journal and when I get ideas, I make entries. Then when I get a chunk of time off I will go back to the journal and that usually inspires a bunch of songs.

5. Where do you draw inspiration from?

Everywhere. Everybody. What I read, what movies I watch. Whatever is going on in my personal life.

6. How do you deal with nerves before a show?

Stay in the moment. Don’t get ahead of yourself. And remember, the audience wants you to succeed, not fail.

7. Fave venue you’ve ever played at?

Don’t recall a favorite venue per se, but I have a few favorite shows that come to mind. Opening for Atlanta Rhythm Section in Tampa, Florida in front of 60 thousand people. Opening for James Taylor at Bluesfest a few years back. Sharing the stage with Little Feat in Toronto.

8. Craziest thing you’ve seen at any show you’ve been at? Doesn’t matter if you were in the crowd or playing.

Halloween in Vancouver. Commodore Ballroom. Early 80’s. First song and a bunch of girls flash their boobs at us. I think alcohol may have been involved. ☺

9. If you could tour/play a show with any line up who would it be?

Steely Dan, Jason Isbell, Larry Carleton and Linda Rostadt.

10.Any advice for new musicians/bands that you’d like to share?

Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule. Put in the time. And don’t lose the passion.

11. Any shout outs you want to make?

Shout out to the guys and gals in the Cooper Brothers band who make me and my bro look good.

12. Do you have any links you would like people to visit?

Drop by our Facebook page


or the website www.cooperbrothersband.com

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