Backstage at the 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival, songwriter and guitarist Citizen Cope talks preparing for a performance at the festival, the impact of the blues, the place of the guitar solo in modern music, and tapping into the emotional and spiritual side of connecting thru song.
The Cape Cod Roots and Blues Festival is scheduled to take place in Nauset Beach, Massachusetts this Saturday, September 14, 2019. The Festival, in its second year, is a celebration of all things family, music and community. CCRB is presented by G. Love & Special Sauce – with band member Garrett Dutton (aka G. Love) leading the way as a native New Englander.
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.