Cooper’s Run now a trio

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCKOY

There’s a new strum in Cooper’s Run af­ter a third mem­ber has joined the orig­i­nal duo con­sist­ing of former Mata­mata man Michael Tip­ping and his wife Ash­ley Cooper.

Tal­ented gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist Dan Cos­grove, who had pre­vi­ously played back-up gui­tar for the duo at var­i­ous gigs, of­fi­cially joined the coun­try band last month, just in time for the up­com­ing re­lease of their first al­bum to­gether.

Dan said he was stoked to be asked to join as this has opened up new op­por­tu­ni­ties for both him­self and the band.

‘‘We want to start a bit more work in Aus­tralia and fo­cus on get­ting into the mu­sic scene there. Al­ready there are a lot of good duos there, so adding Dan to our band was about hav­ing a point of dif­fer­ence and be­ing able to of­fer some­thing else,’’ Ash­ley said.

Dan comes with out­stand­ing cre­den­tials, hav­ing won a num­ber of New Zealand’s coun­try mu­sic awards in­clud­ing best in­stru­men­tal­ist at the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned NZ Gold Gui­tar Awards fol­low­ing his nom­i­na­tion for the Hori­zon Award ( Best New Tal­ent) at the NZ Coun­try Mu­sic Awards in 2010.

Ash­ley said he adds a new dy­namic to Cooper’s Run with his heav­ier gui­tar tones and style, which gives the band a new and ef­fec­tive tone.

‘‘ I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with th­ese guys. I have known them as a duo and al­ways seen so much po­ten­tial in them,’’ Dan said.

Dan will now join them at ev­ery gig , with the next big thing be­ing the pro­mo­tion of their new al­bum.

Their new al­bum, Un­fin­ished, set to be re­leased at the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary, has been in the works for a num­ber of years and was re­cently recorded in Nashville, Ten­nessee.

‘‘ We were able to choose songs from the cat­a­logue at Or­bi­son Pub­lish­ing in Nashville and find what we like and what was suited to us, then we had the chance to record them,’’ Ash­ley said.

For their new al­bum they have mod­ernised their style a bit to be­come more ‘‘ pop coun­try’’.

‘‘It’s quite Tay­lor Swift or Lady An­te­bel­lum – a bit more pop coun­try,’’ Ash­ley said.

‘‘ Af­ter spend­ing time in Nashville we have seen what coun­try mu­sic has be­come, and although we love and cher­ish the tra­di­tional coun­try mu­sic, for us to break into the US mar­ket or the Aus­tralian mar­ket we need to be sound­ing a cer­tain way, while still main­tain­ing our own style.’’

Last year the band’s orig­i­nal pair re­turned to New Zealand from a six-month stint per­form­ing on a Car­ni­val Cruise Liner based in Florida and ser­vic­ing the east­ern and west­ern Caribbean, Mex­ico and grand Ba­hamas. Ash­ley said this was a piv­otal time for the duo, who launched Cooper’s Run there, as their style devel­oped into what it is to­day.

Catchy new sound: Cooper’s Run has added a new mem­ber to their band. From left, Former Mata­mata man Michael Tip­ping, Ash­ley Cooper and the lat­est ad­di­tion, Dan Cos­grove.

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