Born in Memphis, spending summer months with his great aunt and uncle in a small west Texas town, while being raised in Washington, DC, Clarence Greenwood aka Citizen Cope grew up influenced by the production techniques of George Martin, Dr. Dre and Willie Mitchell while listening to everything from Willie Nelson, to John Lennon, Bob Marley, Outkast and A TribeCalled Quest.
When Citizen Cope and his four-member band took the Caliroots stage and played the first few riffs of the hip hop infused, “Let the Drummer Kick,” I knew Friday was gonna be a good day at the Monterey mega festival.
Clarence Greenwood — aka Citizen Cope — is a highly-acclaimed American songwriter, music producer and performer. He’s also a savvy small businessman after years of learning on the road and through multiple mistakes (his words, not ours).
When asked which song performed captures the true essence of Generation Axe, Bettencourt said, “Personally, ‘Sideways’ was part of these connections we'd have with two of us from time to time throughout the show.
I spoke to the @KUTX podcast @ThisSongKUTX live @WaterlooRecords about the music I love and how reconciling with my dad and becoming a parent myself affected the songs on “Heroin and Helicopters.” Listen: http://kutx.org/this-song/this-song-citizen-cope
Speaking to us from Oregon while on tour, Clarence Greenwood (better known as Citizen Cope) has a lot on his mind. From modest upbringings in rural Texas to personal tragedy and making it in the music industry, Citizen Cope’s life can only be described through his own poetry and songwriting (the two should be considered mutually exclusive).