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Sam is a songwriter/musician/producer/performer based in both the Jersey Shore and Nashville, TN. He has been a multi-instrumental musician since he was ten years old. At the age of 18, in 1970, he started working professionally. As owner of Jericat Music, he produces and distributes original music.
Why this name?
Just shortened it from Samuel Harris Cooper.
Do you play live?
E-mail to sam@jericat.com to have gig announcements sent to you. Having performed live since the 1960's, Sam's main concentration is in now in songwriting, recording and producing. When performing, the venues will usually be near Nashville, NY City, L.A., the Jersey shore,other major music areas or exotic locales such as the Carribean. Since April of 2006, most gigs are around Nashville, TN at the best songwriter hangouts, where the most talented and greatest number of singer/songwriters per capita are congregated. Looking for talent and opportunities?--In Nashville, it's like shooting fish in a barrel.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It provides a means of leveling the playing field for all artists, both major label and independent in terms of gaining mass recognition and the ability to distribute music worldwide.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Never say never.
Band History:
Sam Cooper hails originally from Richmond, Virginia, but moved to New Jersey in 1972 at the age of 19. As a child, as soon as he could make noise with any implements (musical or otherwise) and sing, he did.

BUSINESS--Sam's music business is JERICAT MUSIC LLC also doing business as JERICAT MANAGEMENT. Contact him directly by e-mail at sam@jericat.com, in Nashville at 615-469-4067, in NJ at 732-493-9109, or toll-free at 1-877-JERICAT (1-877-527-4228) for more information. For regular mail correspondence, write to him c/o JERICAT MUSIC LLC, PO Box 257, Oakhurst, NJ 07755-0257.

PERFORMING--As a performer, Sam has worked in many styles of music and played solo as well as with a number of bands. Over the past few decades Sam has performed from the east coast to the west coast, as far north as ski slopes of New England and as far south as the blue waters of the Carribean.

Mainly a vocalist, guitarist and bass player, Sam has been performing professionally since the late 1960's. While still in Richmond, Sam played guitar behind both singer/songwriters Cleve Francis and Steve Yudowich from 1970 to 1971. After moving to New Jersey, he has performed (in chronological order) as a soloist and as a member of bands such as SOUTHBOUND, BONE DRY, TRICK ZIPPER, OPUS I, THE ACME BOOGIE COMPANY (which originally also included long-time friend Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez who was Bruce Springsteen's drummer from the 60's all the way through his second album on Columbia Records), DEUCE COUPE (with Lisa Martin), VINI LOPEZ AND THE DISCO REJECTS, THE MIGHTY ACCENTS, PHATMAN (featuring Slick Aguilar who is the long-time guitarist for Paul Kantner and Marty Balin as well as a current long-time member of JEFFERSON STARSHIP), MAJOR WOODY & THE SPLINTERS, THE SONNY PREWITT BAND and HEY! BETTY!

NEW DIRECTIONS--As of January 1, 2006, Sam has officially re-directed his primary focus towards songwriting, recording and production. He covers a lot of stylistic ground--classic rock, soulful rhythm & blues, funk, reggae, country rock, blues, straight-out rock & roll, southern rock, folk, heavy metal, jazz, & pop music. While currently active as a songwriter, he is also in the process of updating his songs by re-recording much of his catalogue written since 1970. All artists/managers/producers interested in Sam's production services and/or songs should contact Sam at Jericat Music.

RECORDING--In the fall of 2002, Sam started the development of a digital format songwriting/production facility, F'Cough Production Studio based around a Roland VS1824CD digital workstation. Upgraded in January, 2006 with a newly constructed computer-based recording system employing Cubase SX-3 along with Reason, new demos and master recordings are now produced for the purposes of songwriting, production, and public consumption. As necessity dictates for various projects, he provides vocals, guitars, percussion, bass guitar, harmonica, and keyboards.

Your influences?
Ray Charles, Jerry LaCroix, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, Wilson Pickett, Chet Atkins, James Brown, The Dave Clark Five, Edgar Winter's White Trash, Jim Messina, Amos Garrett, The Temptations, Sam & Dave, Waylon Jennings, Homer & Jethro, John Prine, Delbert McClinton, Keith Richards, Rusty Young (of Poco), Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones (of Led Zep), Ashford & Simpson, etc.....there's a much more comprehensive list at http://www.myspace.com/samcooperjericatmusic.
Favorite spot?
Nashville
Equipment used:
MUSICAL GEAR--In his stable of musical equipment are guitars, basses, and other fretted instruments by Heartfield, Fender, Gretsch, Baldwin, Martin, Takamine, Ibanez, Yamaha, G & L, Sekova, Falcon, and ShoBud. Sam records and/or plays keyboards including Wurlitzer, Roland, Cable & Nelson, Hammond and M-Audio keyboards. He also has a 5-piece Ludwig drum set (mainly for his son Kevin's use at this point, since he's looking at electronic kits now). Other instruments in the inventory include a banjo, trumpet, tenor sax, flute, piccolo, harmonicas, ukele, and various percussion items. For live performances, Sam prefers singing through a Shure SM-58 mic, but for recording, he opts to use an AKG C414 or a Baby Blue Bottle going through Focusrite's Liquid Channel. When not running directly into P.A.'s or recording consoles, Sam has a variety of amps from Fender, Ampeg, Acoustic, Carvin, Crate & Peavey, His standard pedalboard setup includes Boss noise reduction/power, tremolo, eq, and digital delay pedals. For some live performances, Sam would occasionally employ his wireless Samson system for guitar.
Anything else...?
Artists wanted...in need of a producer or to cover my tunes!!!!!!!!!!! Go to http://www.jericat.com and/or http://www.myspace.com/samcooperjericatmusic for details.
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