Citizen Cope at the NationalOctober 25, 2012
Citizen Cope released his fifth album, “One Lovely Day” this past July and quickly headed out on a 47-date headlining tour including a stop at the National tonight (Oct. 25).
For over a decade, Citizen Cope has been building a profoundly dedicated following, tirelessly bringing his urban folk—with a band or simply his guitar— to far corners of the US and beyond. A child of the seventies, Citizen Cope is the radically mashed-up product of Greenville, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Vernon, Texas; Austin, Texas; Washington, DC; and Brooklyn, New York. These locations are felt everywhere in his stories. Folk tales—whether through William Faulkner or Big Bill Broonzy—shaped his sensitivity. In 80s Austin, he took sound classes and found himself fooling with a primitive four-track setup. Turntables intrigued him, and he heard hip hop as an inspired invention. For years, he got lost in his self-designed lab, cooking up beats and motifs that only later would be shaped into songs, some recorded by Carlos Santana, Dido and Richie Havens.