Cooder Graw











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The past two years have been quite a ride for the West Texas-based band Cooder Graw. In that short period of time, the group has grown from playing small 100 seat venues to performing as the headliner in front of thousands at musical events throughout Texas and Oklahoma. They have opened shows for some of Texas' biggest stars (Robert Earl Keen, Jack Ingram, Jerry Jeff Walker, Asleep at the Wheel, among others). Their first CD was recorded live in 1998 was self-produced, and cost less than $1000. Their debut studio CD of 12 original songs, released in November 1999, was produced by Grammy Award winner Ray Benson and 9-time #1 country songwriter Hayden Nicholas.The disc features several special guest performances by major recording artists the group never even dreamed of meeting just months ago. The award-winning group Asleep at the Wheel even joined the band in recording one song on the new offering. 1999 has also brought the band corporate sponsorship, media notice in several newspapers and magazines, and radio airplay on stations throughout Texas. In addition, Cooder Graw has grabbed the attention of several corporate players in the music industry such as Hastings Entertainment, AristoMedia, Bismeaux Productions, and Anderson Merchandisers. The motion picture industry has taken notice of Cooder Graw as well. In April 1999, the band headlined the premiere party for the Universal Pictures release "EdTV" in Austin, Texas. And the band's music will be featured on the soundtrack to the new Trimark Pictures release "Held Up" in theaters later this year. It is very rare for a band to experience the phenomenal increase in popularity that Cooder Graw has the past two years (especially a band coming from the sparsely populated Texas Panhandle). The reason Cooder Graw's star is rising is so quickly is simple. Those who have seen and heard this band will tell you that this band is fun to watch, their music is catchy, their performances rowdy and energetic, and last, but obviously not least, the members are accomplished musicians. Rich Brotherton of Robert Earl Keen's band called Cooder Graw's music "Loud Country." Cooder Graw is now taking their loud country all over Texas, Oklahoma and the Southwest, one town and one dancehall at a time.
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Average Rating : 4.9              Total Reviews: 172


Cooder Graw  11/11/2009            
Pantsfiddler
Remember Cooder Graw? Remember Illano Estacato, New Dress, Dirty Little Hometown Girl? Well Cooder may be gone but that sound is back with a vengence! Matt Martindale just released a CD called "Big Sign" and it's the best thing he has EVER DONE!!!! The CD features artists like Susan Gibson, Loyd Maines, and many others. This is a real breath of fresh Texas morning air on a sunny day!
Cooder Graw  01/08/2008            
Beano
Is it safe to assume that the band has broken up? Oh well, I really liked these boys but life goes on. I saw Matt Martindale along with Max Stalling in Fort Worth a while back, they put on a really good show. I'm sure Matt will have plenty of success as a solo act.
Cooder Graw  06/22/2007            
Bubba Donn Bubba
Fellas..it's been awhile since the late 1990's when late afternoon y'all, on the old-bus, rolled into Fort Worth to the White Elephant Saloon and needed a place to get ready for your debut. We're a bit miffed that y'all went back to working real jobs, however we wish you all the best. If you decide to reassemble for the reunion performance, please do so at the WES. You did it right and went out on top with that same class you brought to Fort Worth the first time. - Hasta Bananas
Cooder Graw  05/31/2007            
L.L.Lyons
As long as Matt plays and is brilliant enough to expand his talent and the talent of Jake Pyeatt he will excel. Good luck boys and i'm namedropping in every state i travel to!
Cooder Graw  04/30/2007            
LJT StAFF 07
The fans missed you at Larry Joes this year...Matt played a hell of a show with his new band, but we miss the old Cooder Graw...
Cooder Graw  04/09/2007            
Scott
Just heard about Cooder, they gave a great concert. Saw them front row once at Gruene hall and once at Sangerhalle. Great live band. I'll miss you all snd I just hope--your in the middle of shifting gears. As for out rocking CCR everyone does nowadays.
Cooder Graw  04/01/2007            
PF
It's amazing and awesome that there are morons like "cracker" out there. Cooder Graw never ever represented themselves as the "New Highway Men". But leave to "Cracker' to make a non-exsistant connections. In actuality, "The Highwaymen" was contrived Nashville Hype that found easy pickens with simpletons such as "Cracker." God what an imbeclie.
Cooder Graw  02/19/2007            
Trey Williams
The break up of Cooder Graw disheartened many Texas Country fans. Graw was one of few bands who wrote their own songs and performed in front of thousands from the heart. At Larry Joe Taylor fest last year they put on a better show than CCR or Jack Ingram, which were headliners. I watched them mid-December in Stephenville and intense emotion showed in their faces. I congratulated Matt and Kelly after the show, telling them they were the best. Matt has a wife and kids at home, and he wants to spend time with them. Admire that, a family man. If you don't like Cooder Graw you do not understand music. I pray every day that the band rejoin or members create a new band so I can watch them play again. Kelly can play the guitar with a beer bottle (or can). I've seen him do it. He is a musician at his finest. So is the rest of the band, I just don't know their names. If you do not like Cooder, move to nashville and join the rest of the non writing untalented bastards that sing there. Vote Texas, vote the best, vote COODER GRAW!
Cooder Graw  02/16/2007            
cracker
Cooder Graw is a shameless watered down version of bullpoop Texas Music that claims to have inherited the estate of the likes of Waylon Jennings. Waylon they aint. And the end to this band and that whole bullpoop scene was when Matt and his friends (CCR, Great Divide) tried to play themselves off as the new "Highway Men." (God forgive them, they no not what they do.)
Cooder Graw  02/02/2007            
TechLaw
Cooder Graw must have progressed too fast for the Texas music scene. That is the only way to explain the unfortunate end to this act. The band was underappreciated by many who lost the idea of purposeful songwriting in purchasing music. The members constantly hungered to make a new sound heard. Cooder Graw will now have to be remembered as a band ahead of its time, and possibly the symbol of an ever-dying songwriting breed.
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