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June 17, 2014
Tickets are now on sale for Closer to the Sun – an all-inclusive music festival in Mexico from Dec 16th to 20th featuring Citizen Cope, Slightly Stoopid, G. Love & Special Sauce, Steel Pulse, and Dirty Heads … Grab your tickets here ...

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June 16, 2014
Citizen Cope and his band will be playing Closer to the Sun with Slightly Stoopid, G Love & Special Sauce, Steel Pulse, and Dirty Heads … Check out the website and book your room starting June 17th for the all-inclusive concert vacation from...

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June 10, 2014
10th Anniversary of The Clarence Greenwood Recordings … Stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy the free download of “Brother Lee” recorded live at Stubb’s in Austin, TX ...

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June 5, 2014
Clarence was honored to be a part of this tribute to Tarka Cordell. Check out more information about the project here via Austin Chronicle. ...

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May 22, 2014
Clarence is honored to be one of the newest Ambassadors for Turnaround Arts and to be working with the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities and fellow artists Alfre Woodard, Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Trombone Shorty,...

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March 5, 2014
Citizen Cope will be heading out on a short intimate/solo acoustic run in mid-April. Stops include Wichita, KS.  and Lubbock, TX. which he has never played before. Tickets on-sale for most dates Friday, March 7, 2014. 4/18 – Vinyl - Las Vegas, NV. 4/19...

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December 3, 2013
Citizen Cope is coming to California for a series of intimate solo/acoustic shows around Valentine’s Day. Grab whomever you adore and come spread the love. 2/6 – Coach House (San Juan Capistrano, CA) 2/7 – The Wiltern (Los Angeles, CA) 2/8...

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November 12, 2013
Citizen Cope is pleased to announce a run of shows at Chicago’s City Winery in January. These will be intimate solo acoustic shows and a chance to see Cope up close. See below for dates. Click here for tickets Thursday – 1/23 Friday – 1/24 Saturday...

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October 19, 2013
Tonight’s show in Bridgeport, CT has been rescheduled for January 18. Tickets will be honored or refunds will be available. ...

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October 3, 2013
Cope in France supporting Ayo. Check out all the upcoming shows on the Tour Page. ...
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March 15, 2013
Alice Smith’s sophomore album, She, will be released March 19th on Rainwater Recordings! You can pre-order the album via Amazon and enjoy THIS JAM as you make your way over there! Track 5 on the album is entitled “The One”. Stream...

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December 19, 2012
Our good friends over at Relix Magazine ran an awesome feature on Citizen Cope. Be sure to jump over and take a peek. ...

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October 29, 2012
Tune in to NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly late night on Tuesday 10/30 at 1:35 AM EST (Technically Wednesday 10/31) for an interview with Citizen Cope! Cope will not be performing, but you can expect an in depth discussion to touch on the new...

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September 15, 2012
The 2012 One Lovely Day Tour is in full swing! Jump to the Tour Dates section for a list of upcoming shows. ...

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September 13, 2012
Be sure to follow @CitizenCope on Instagram & get a behind the scenes glimpse from the road! ...

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July 17, 2012
Beat the heat and get a FREE PINT of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream when you purchase a CD or vinyl copy of “One Lovely Day” at the participating record stores listed below! Amoeba Records – San Francisco, CA Birdland – Virginia...

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July 16, 2012
Check out Rollingstone.com’s premiere of One Lovely Day. “The song holds profound meaning for the singer, which is apparent in his heartfelt, blues-tinged crooning of the melody. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar, simple percussion, a piano...

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July 11, 2012
One Lovely Day is available Direct or via  iTunes & Amazon. The full US tour is also confirmed and for the first time, we will also be offering VIP ticket packages, which guarantee the best seats, exclusive merchandise and access to a Citizen Cope...

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July 10, 2012
Stream the new Citizen Cope album, “One Lovely Day,” in full at Paste Magazine! ...

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July 9, 2012
Check out a brand new interview with Cope courtesy of Diffuser.FM! One Lovely Day is available Direct or via  iTunes & Amazon. “But still, as you say, if you’re running your own show, you do have to make sure to take the time to be an artist....

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June 29, 2012
Join Citizen Cope for in-store performances & autograph signings during the week of the “One Lovely Day” album release. Check here for more details! One Lovely Day is available Direct or via  iTunes & Amazon. 7/16 – Barnes &...

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May 15, 2012
The new single “One Lovely Day” is available now! You can grab it here or at iTunes, Amazon or other digital stores. The new album, also titled One Lovely Day, will be available on July 17 but you can preorder it now and get an immediate download...

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May 14, 2012
The new single “One Lovely Day” is available May 15 at midnight. You can buy it here or at iTunes, Amazon or other digital stores. The new album, also titled One Lovely Day, will be available on July 17 but you can preorder it now and...

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May 4, 2012
Tonight! Check out the World Premiere of the brand new Citizen Cope single, One Lovely Day, at 8pm EST on WFUV’s Whole Wide World w. Rita Houston (90.7 in NYC). Stream at: http://www.wfuv.org/ ...

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April 24, 2012
COPE will be performing at the NEW YORKERS AGAINST FRACKING: AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION AN ALL STAR CONCERT EVENT on May 15, 2012 along with  Medeski, Martin & Wood, Natalie Merchant, The Felice Brothers, Joan Osborne, Tracy Bonham, Toshi Reagon, Dan...

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December 23, 2011
Tickets for the Intimate Solo Acoustic, February 9th show in Bethlehem, PA at the Musikfest Cafe are on-sale now! Get your tickets HERE! ...

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December 19, 2011
Tickets for the intimate solo acoustic performance at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY are on-sale now! Get there HERE ...

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December 15, 2011
In order to purchase new Citizen Cope holiday bundles shipped in time for Christmas, please get orders in by Monday December 19th 12pm EST. Happy Holidays! Newly added 2012 Tour Dates: 1/11 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA 1/12 Soho –...

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December 6, 2011
Cope has announced 4 new Solo Acoustic shows in 2012! Check them out below! Wednesday, January 11th – THE COACH HOUSE – San Juan Capistrano, CA – TICKETS ON-SALE: 12/8 @ 9AM PST Thursday, January 12th – SOHO – Santa Barbara,...

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December 1, 2011
Citizen Cope is playing a FREE solo acoustic show this Friday, December 2nd at 7PM at Atlantic Station, Central Park in Atlanta, GA. ...

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December 1, 2011
Carnegie Hall show on March 23rd is now Sold Out! ...

Tour

Date Venue City Tickets  
Aug 21
Citizen Cope in Oak Bluffs, MA
Aug 23
Sole East
Citizen Cope in Montauk, NY
Sep 17
Citizen Cope in Cleveland, OH
Sep 18
Citizen Cope in Royal Oak, MI
Sep 19
Citizen Cope in Chicago, IL
Sep 20
Citizen Cope in Louisville, KY
Sep 22
Iron City
Citizen Cope in Birmingham, AL
Sep 23
Citizen Cope in Oxford, MS
Sep 25
Citizen Cope in Dallas, TX
Sep 26
Citizen Cope in Houston, TX
Sep 27
Citizen Cope in Austin, TX
Sep 28
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Citizen Cope in San Antonio, TX
Sep 30
Citizen Cope in New Orleans, LA
Oct 02
House of Blues
Citizen Cope in Orlando, FL
Oct 03
Citizen Cope in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Oct 04
Jannus Live
Citizen Cope in St. Petersburg, FL
Oct 06
Citizen Cope in Charleston, SC
Oct 07
Citizen Cope in Nashville, TN
Oct 09
Citizen Cope in Atlanta, GA
Oct 10
Citizen Cope in Charlotte, NC
Oct 11
Citizen Cope in Baltimore, MD
Oct 12
Citizen Cope in Washington, DC
Oct 14
Citizen Cope in Philadelphia, PA
Oct 15
Citizen Cope in Boston, MA
Oct 17
Citizen Cope in New York, NY
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Citizen Cope in New York, NY
Oct 29
Citizen Cope in Tempe, AZ
Oct 30
Citizen Cope in Los Angeles, CA
Oct 31
Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
Citizen Cope in San Diego, CA
Nov 01
Fox Performing Arts Center
Citizen Cope in Riverside, CA
Nov 03
The Catalyst
Citizen Cope in Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 04
The Fillmore
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Nov 05
The Fillmore
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Nov 07
The Showbox
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Citizen Cope in Spokane, WA
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Citizen Cope in Salt Lake City, UT
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Citizen Cope in Denver, CO
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Citizen Cope in Puerto Morelos, Mexico
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Written by David Ritz

“Rawness improbably balanced by a mixture of danger and delicacy,” says one Rolling Stone writer, “is what gives Citizen Cope his edge. As a singer, songwriter and producer, he stands alone—an artist immune to corruption.”

Dug deep into the rich soil of American music, Cope’s roots are complex You may think of Bill Withers or Neil Young or John Lee Hooker or Van Morrison or Willie Nelson or Al Green. Yet, listening to Cope, you also may think of none of the above. You may not think at all, but rather feel a man exposing stories that haunt his heart.

He was born Clarence Greenwood, a child of the seventies, and his life journey is as singular as his art. He 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. His sounds are southern rural, big sky lonely, concrete urban, and painfully romantic.
In the past nine years, he has produced four albums of depth and distinction, each a critical chapter in his search for a sound that paints an auditory American landscape in which despair wars with hope and hope, tied to love, is elusive.

Cope’s musical education was catch-as-catch can. Folk tales—whether through William Faulkner or Big Bill Broonzy—shaped his sensitivity. A few college courses at Texas Tech alternately bored and excited him. In the Austin of the eighties, he took sound classes and found himself fooling with a primitive four-track setup. Turntables intrigued him. He heard hip hop as 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.

In the midst of the squalor, grandeur, and hypocrisy of the nation’s capitol, Cope set up camp. Vocalist Michel Ivey recruited him as a mad scientist who feverishly concocted samples for the artsy-edgy configuration known as Basehead. As the group hit the road, Cope stayed in the background, moving dials and pushing buttons. Inside his head, he heard stories that still had not assumed full form.
The long night of gestation got even longer. Finally, as the songs gave birth, Cope assumed others would sing them. He had sculpted certain stories and developed certain sounds. As a serious artist with no interest in rock star glory, Cope presumed he’d eventually find the right voice to sing his songs.

The right voice was found. By playing in local venues, the writer/producer ultimately met the only singer equipped to narrate the idiosyncratic stories. That voice resided within his own soul. The writer/producer/singer were one, living inside the wide confines of Cope’s vision.

On record the vision is first expressed in Citizen Cope, the debut album from 2002. The artist is still finding his footing and, although his trademark poetry is firmly in place, this is the only record where the production isn’t entirely his own. The aural environment is more elaborate, the sound not yet reduced down to the common denominator that we come to know as Cope. The theme, though, is clear—it’s “Contact,” the cry for a connection to a world that is at once bewildering, necessary, and fraudulent. The issues are serious. “You’ve got them crooked politicians,” he writes, “eating up the treasury and taking our cash to spend on the prisons while the youth they fast.” The groove is insistent. “Let the Drummer Kick” is the name of the song that says, “You’ve got to bust through…mass confusion, solution, conclusion, inspiration is what pulls you through.” Busting through, pulling through, getting through to “Salvation,” a story in which Judas shows up in DC and takes aim at the singer’s soul.

Citizen Cope introduces us to a world of musical worry that doesn’t come fully into focus until his second album, The Clarence Greenwood Recordings (2004), which, together with his next two records, form a masterful trilogy. Emotional confusion and musical coherence sit side by side. The “Contact” Cope has been searching for is found, but it isn’t easily maintained. The effort to maintain contact keeps us moving into the heart of the mystery, the strangeness of the stories, the lull of the sound.With The Clarence Greenwood Recordings, the sound is stripped of any excess. At the same time, the sound is as big as it needs to be—injected with an urgency that, in the words of the most celebrated song from the album, examines the world “Sideways.” “Sideways” caught the attention of Carlos Santana who covered it and asked Cope to perform with him during a European tour.
Greenwood is the first of the fully mature Cope statements where, by attaining control in the studio, he can riff on the uncontrollable universe in which we live. The opening line of the opening song—“things have been getting heavy these days”—sets the scene. Cope finds his groove that, with only slight variations, will fuel his tales of seeking hope in hell. The groove becomes a mantra and the mantra, sung in a voice that is both disarmingly sincere and studiously ironic, stops us in our tracks. Cope tracks the relationship between terror, fantasy and reality.

“Pablo Picasso,” for example, is a portrait of a “forty feet tall” woman who requires defense from the law. Her defender is the poet, the singer, the “wild man.” “They say a wild man is defending his lady, but for some odd reason, they calling you a painting.”
Art requires defense. Without art, we can’t cope. But Cope’s art isn’t the high art of elitism; it’s the low art of funk. It’s the art that paints a penitentiary on fire; the art the gets you through hurricane waters yet puts you between the bullet and target. The voice of the singer—as messy as it precise, as eloquent as it is enigmatic—is half-hoarse, half-hilarious, wholly hypnotic.

Every Waking Moment (2006) is more self-reflection, sly personal and political analysis projected in another suite of free-wheeling stories. Hooks, repeating motifs, and iron-clad choruses anchor the primal production. Cope makes it easy on your ears and demanding on your mind. The heat’s turned up—“it’s 107 degrees”—and the love is “seven feet deep.”

Questions are not resolved in The Rainwater LP (2010). More questions are encouraged. “Keep Askin’,” says the song. A “Lifeline” is offered, but not explained. Cope cops to his limitations: “I forgot what the wise man said about that ancient threat.” The thread is about survival, the realization of romance, the hope for reconciliation, the strain to connect father and son, life and death, heaven and hell.
While making records over the past decade, Cope has wrestled with a number of record companies. They have loved him, rejected him, readopted him, and ignored him. Listening to his uncompromised songs—to the tough integrity in his voice—it’s not surprising to learn that he hasn’t hesitated to go over the heads of the music execs. From the get-go, he has taken his case to the people. He has toured tirelessly. He has brought his stories—with a band or simply with his guitar—to whatever venue would have him. His motivation to make music directly in front of people, so matter the size of the crowd, has won his a vast audience in America and abroad. As a troubadour, he has prospered, relentlessly criss-crossing the land, his songs in his back pocket.

In fact, with The Rainwater LP, his self-reliance has been realized in the form of his own independent label. Citizen Cope is a self-realized musical/poetic/production entity. In that sense, his Americanism is profound. His approach is radical. He’s a rebel in the tough tradition of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. He wanders through the woods alone. His accountability is to his own heart, his own values and vision.

Cope’s a one-man band, trying to make sense of all the nonsense that marks the 21st Century.

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