Cooder Graw

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 : 0              Total Reviews: 172

Cooder Graw  03/31/2002            
Haven't heard it yet but it has "Angry CockRoach" on it, it's an obscure cover tune Cooder does that flat ass ROCKS!!!!!
Cooder Graw  01/23/2002            
Justin Slaughter
This is one of the best Texas Country singer songwriters out right know and there is no way that you will be upset with his new album Shifting Gears. It is one of the CD that you can pop in and listen too all day. The only thing better is getting a chance to go and catch him live.
Cooder Graw  01/18/2002            
Jeremy Johnson
I don't know WHO I like best in Texas Music??? You have to be an idiot to say, so and so is the best. One thing I do believe Cooder Graw comes as close to capturing the soul of Texas Music as anybody. Love Texas Music!!!
Cooder Graw  11/14/2001            
bryan stewart
Shifting Gears is excellent! Cooder Graw has really grown as a band. Every song is well put together and fun to listen to. Thanks Cooder for making great music.
Cooder Graw  10/20/2001            
This is the best damn CD, I've heard in a LONG time. Mostly all new songs, with a studio version of Willies Guitar and a remake of one of their first songs - County Colors. The new songs written by Matt Martidale are like an evolution, they have come so far since their first CD...Before this CD, I always liked them live better than in a studio . This CD has taken a great live band and brought out a great studio sound. Guest appearances by Cindy Cashdollar, Brendon Anthony and Pat Green just add nicely to the CD, but it's the lyrics and Martindale's abililty to "turn a phrase" that sticks in your mind. This band has its finger on the pulse of the West Texas High Plains. "Sheriff out to edge of the county... throw you right out, shiftin gears" You can just see the tumbleweeds blow across the Illano Estacto.
Cooder Graw  10/11/2001            
Jeff Morrison
The only thing that beats a Cooder Graw CD is a live show. Matt Martindale is one of the best live performers I've ever seen. You won't leave their show disappointed.
Cooder Graw  10/05/2001            
Tony Varnado
Went to see the band here in Houston ... way too good for the club that hosted them ... Like everyone says here - go see em' while you still can. Just a bunch of nice guys that love what they do for a living and it comes through in their live show. They have got a tight sound and great timing ...
Cooder Graw  10/05/2001            
Dallas D. Fillingim
"Shifting Gears" is a collection of very talented written songs by Matt Martindale! The collaboration of songs speaks for itself, and each song is marked by the style of the Texas panhandle band. Cooder Graw has out done themselves on their 3rd is definitely the High-Octane Loud Country that we all appreciate to have on while hitting the Texas Hwy. The lyrics speak to you, but the band hits the notes with the splendid mix between lead guitar to steel guitar, to the drums and right at ya on the bass. It is just perfectly done!!!! Get yourself a copy of this CD, it is a must........Matt, Joe, Kelly, Paul, and Jim have done us all proud by providing a CD that never gets old, it just keeps our feet tapping down the road of Texas!! Thanks guys!!!!
Cooder Graw  10/04/2001            
Cooder Graw  10/01/2001            
Hooky Woods
Far and away, Cooder Graw's best CD. Hayden Nicholas gets an A+, and so does the band!
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