Stormy Cooper

Friday, February 27, 2015

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief

Today we are getting to know Mr. Stormy Cooper. Stormy grew up in the small town of Simotion, Texas. He currently resides in Cypress, Texas which is a suburb of Houston. He enjoys spending time with his wife, he also enjoys his media business and recording in the studio keeps him busy. He Id currently the bass player for Roger Creager!


When and why did you start playing?

“My dad played when I was young. We always had guitars and drums around.  My mom would take me and my sister to his shows.  I always was more interested in the band than the rodeo, or whatever occasion it may be. The entertainment business runs a was back on my dad's side.  My dad's grandpa was a minstrel performer. He became popular and became a part of the Al G Fields Minstrel Troupe where he toured extensively and was featured many times in some of the earliest Billboard Entertainment Magazines.  Grandpa, who would be my great grandpa, settled down and hosted a number of radio programs with the most prominent, being the "Punch and Judy" show in New Orleans, LA.
But I didn't actually try to learn how to play anything until a couple of buddy's started playing some. They needed a bass player and my dad had a bass. Voila.  I was a bass player and really haven't turned back, except that I have played guitar in a band or too, as well as drums. “

What drives your passion?

“Well. I am very passionate about music and generally have it playing around the clock in one form or fashion. At first, while getting into the business, I for sure wanted to see the bright lights, a record deal, and everything else's hat goes with it. That, seems is always the goal for everyone.  The top. I don't think I've ever taken on any endeavor that I did want to reach the top, or at least give my all to the point where I have exhausted all my efforts to do so.   I don't know that I've ever reached the top in anything, except in marriage, but still strive to do so each day. A little success can lead to comfort and cause complacency. Complacency is not passion. If you're willing to sit there and let things pass you by, you aren't working with passion. My passion is life and my wife. I plan to do and see a lot of things, hopefully with music as a vehicle, but those two things are what drives me and I'll wake up early every morning for that.”



Can you describe the type of music you play?

“I have played with the Roger Creager band for going on 16 years now.  He is a Tex-Americana Songwriter that deals with subject matter from love to beer and everything In between with the music styles varying from country/Americana to rock to New Orleans Jazz.  With the addition of Roger's Piano Bar shows. We are playing all types of songs from old country to new pop. 
I also play in a local Houston band called the Broken Spokes when I can. We play country music pre late 1960's. On a very rare occasion would the Broken Spokes play anything newer although they do write their own tunes and will have a record coming out soon. The "new" songs sound like 1950. I absolutely love playing with those guys and it really puts playing music into perspective. It's good to like what you do.”


Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

“I'm a closet songwriter. I have quite a few tunes penned, which I started sometime in my early adulthood.  Some are just ideas and some are songs that are finished three times over (when it flows, I'll keep writing.  Some songs end up 20 minutes long. ) I'm gonna have to work on that part, but like I said I'm a closet writer that mainly for the most part never shows his work.  There are so many good songs and songwriters. I'm suffice adding the low end right now.”




What are your fondest musical memories?

“In high school, a friends dad converted their garage into a band room. We loaded all of our stuff that we had into the room and set up shop. It's where we first played Sweet Home Alabama for hours upon hours.  We missed prom, and generally the last half of high school, to plan and practice and book for our band.  We ended up all going to college together and continuing the band. We played a lot of shows and traveled a bit. But eventually one thing led to another and we all went our own ways after a few years. I still keep in touch with those guys and hope one day to get together for a jam.”


Were you influenced by old records & tapes?
“One if my favorite thing to do as a child was to sit at my Granny's house and play her records. I would play records all day while she watched her soaps and would even pretend to DJ a radio station with these records.  I eventually took over Granny's whole back room where an old kitchen table stood as a stage. A friend would come by and we would play old records and act like we were playing and generally just putting on a show. My sister would bring us "beer" made from water and water coloring.  There's a pic running around somewhere of this happening. It'll always be my first band. These times and playing those records helped put me on a track.  It be same my favorite thing to do. Listening to music is still my greatest pleasure.”


Who are your favorite musicians?
“Well. I love all the people I have played with over the years.  I love, respect, and deeply care about everyone I've ever shared a stage with. As far as globally, I really like a lot of music so I think it best to make a list here:
From Stevie Ray to the Arc Angels to Storyville - have always been a fan.  Ian Moore, Bob Schneider, Darrell Scott, Harry Connick jr. Bob Wills, Wayne Toupes, Mark Knopfler, Oteil Burbridge. Derek Trucks. Van Halen, Counting Crows. The Dukes of Dixieland, Asleep at the Wheel, Georgie Porgie (my wife's pet name for the king of country music) Lyle Lovett, Keith Whitley, Darrel McCall, Foo fighters, The list could really go on and on.
Most influential would be the guys I have played with over the years. There's a piece of them in my playing.”


What is a typical week like for you?
“Let's start on Monday as that is generally when my week begins. I usually head to the recording studio pretty early to make sure everything is ready for the week. I work at the studio, maybe playing Bass, maybe producing or engineering, maybe cleaning. Nonetheless I wake up and try to get it all done. At some point during the week will be Roger's Band call.  Maybe as early as Tuesday nightbut generally Wednesday or evenThursday morning. Hop in the van, plane, or bus and get to the gig. We usually Soundcheck early and then go to the hotel to hang or take in the surroundings. Go to gig late and do it all again the next day.  Sunday morning I take the fastest route home to spend that all important Sunday, the only day most musicians get to spend with their families, with the wife.”


What's your favorite thing about being on the road?
“Well, coming home is the obvious answer. At least anyone who has spent time on the road will tell you that. Rest assured it is true, but there are manyy great things and experiences. One of my favorites about the road is the people and friend I have met.  Lifetime friends that I would give anything for. “


What's the funniest thing that's happened on the road?

“The funniest single time I've had on the road was in El Paso. We played somewhere there and our comedian buddy Steve Trevino brought his whole crew and gave a private show on the bus. It was the single most funniest, like laugh till you pee funny, evening that we ever had. A few months later we played Steve's comedy special.  Huge sound and production and just good times.  Really not sure which was funnier but rest assured the most funniest thing, involved Steve.”

What's the best town play in?

“Well, I like places with infrastructure. Some towns don't even have a store, but they have a dancehall. Stuck in some parking lot for 16 hours or have to drive to the next town for a hotel.”

Since everyone was a start up once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips? 

“Most everything I know about the Music business is that it revolves around networking, like most industry's do. The best thing you can do to get in, whether it be booking, airplay, or landing a gig is to get out and meet people. You have to meet the people that can do the things you need.  Furthermore, you need to be able to trust these people that you work with so investing sometime in the relationship will be crucial if you want to get anywhere.”


Tell me about your company Stormy Cooper Media.

“It's a media company in Houston centered around a recording studio. We do Music, Broadcast, and Internet  Engineering. Basically we produce music, radio commercials, and websites, as well as things like on hold music.

You can hear and see some of our work at stormycoopermedia.com.”

Thank you so much Stormy! Your such a sweet guy!

xxx West Texas Sweetheart

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