Typically for Song of the Day we like to shine the spotlight on the little guy, but this one was too good to pass up! D.C.’s Clarence Greenwood, AKA Citizen Cope is back with his first new material in six years.
Citizen Cope, a.k.a. singer-songwriter Clarence Greenwood, will release his first album in seven years, Heroin and Helicopters, on March 1, 2019, via his own RainWater Recordings label and Thirty Tigers.
Cope has also shared the first single from the effort, which follows up 2012’s One Lovely Day. Listen to “Justice” below. “I have never really experienced what Justice is,” Cope says in a press release. “Our definition is more like revenge or payback, but I have seen love create miracles and overcome hate.”
Citizen Cope has announced an extensive, rare full-band US tour in support of his first album in seven years, ‘Heroin And Helicopters,’ out March 1st on Rainwater Recordings/Thirty Tigers. The tour will include a special performance at NYC’s Beacon Theater; a show at the Novo in Los Angeles, where Cope now lives; a return to his hometown venue DC’s, 9:30 Club; and more.
Today, Citizen Cope announces his first album in seven years Heroin and Helicopters, set for release on March 1st, 2019 via RainWater Recordings, and in partnership with Thirty Tigers. Heroin and Helicopters is comprised of 11 new, original songs all written and produced by Cope, also known as Clarence Greenwood.
The last time we heard from Citizen Cope, a.k.a. Clarence Greenwood, was on his 2012 album, One Lovely Day. After six years, the wait is over and Cope is returning with his first new album of studio recordings, Heroin and Helicopter, out on March 1, 2019.
Today, XPN premieres "Justice," from Cope's forthcoming Heroin and Helicopters. He recorded "Justice" in the same D.C. studio (Central Recordings) where he cut his previous hits, "Bullet And A Target" and "Son's Gonna Rise." On "Justice," Cope assembled a tight, totally in the pocket rhythm section of bassist Michael "Funky Ned" Neal (Rare Essence), Paul "Buggy" Edwards and percussionist Bashiri Johnson. Additional contributors on the album include drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., piano and keyboardist James Poyser of The Roots and others.
I was astounded by the reaction. Audience members who knew every word, who whooped upon hearing the introductions. Who had to run down front and dance… HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
I didn’t expect much of a crowd. There were continuing advertisements in the “Vail Daily,” which had me thinking business would be soft. But that was not the case. The place was about 85% full. And it was a much younger demo than Frampton. Although not that young. A lot of thirtysomethings. As well as people older and younger, and they were there to have a good time.
Anyone trying to fathom the eccentric wonders of Clarence Greenwood's life and music should probably start with his guitar. When most people learn the instrument, they tune it to something called standard tuning and strum all six strings. Not Greenwood. He ditched the bottom E string because he just wasn't playing it, and then tuned another, the B string, to B-flat. This is a little like going to work without a shirt: You can do it, but it will complicate your life in unexpected ways, and it will freak out a lot of your colleagues.
The cool kids are into Cope. Bono digs his stuff. The Boss is down. Dave Matthews wants him to open his shows. And this year, when Citizen Cope (aka Clarence Greenwood) visited the North Shore for a couple shows and some R and R, he was cruising with his new fans Jack Johnson and Eddie Vedder. Even Kelly Slater offered to do this interview for us — so there you go?
After years of exclusively playing the song live, Citizen Cope has finally layed down this track for fans to listen to in the privacy of their own homes. Though Clarence Greenwood, the singer-songwriter behind the stage name, has performed “One Lovely Day” since 2010, here he gives it a new layer of depth with a live string quartet – a novelty in his 19-year career.