On few occasions I've stated that I've checked bands or solo artists simply because I'd read they were regularly sold out. Such is the case with Citizen Cope AKA Clarence Greenwood. Luckily, the man had been doing a bunch of shows at City Winery, one of which I was able to see on a Saturday night in July.
The Withers' comparison aside, Cope definitely has other stuff going on in his music reflecting his own personal style. Before being signed to a major label, Cope was a DJ for a DC based hip hop group Basehead That factoid definitely explains a hip hop flavor which was solidified in my mind when I saw two woman in the upper level of City Winery waving their hands in the air like they were at a Jay Z concert.
Cope's performance had the affect on me that it was supposed to; I kept returning to his music long after the show, especially to listen to songs like "Every Waking Moment," "Hurricane Waters" and the iconic "Fame." After Cope's encore, the audience applauded him and waited at the end of the stage to shake his hand. It was as if they could have heard another 24 songs and pretty sure they could have.
5.Bullet And A Target
6.Every Waking Moment
8.Left for Dead
9.If There's Love
10.200,000 (In Counterfeit 50 Dollar Bills)
11.One Lovely Day
3.Son's Gonna Rise
6.More Than It Seems
3.A Wedding In Cherokee County (Randy Newman Cover)