A few months back, I had seen a post by Texas artist Steve Helms about co-writing a song with Jamie Richards and Aaron Copeland. At that point, I was unfamiliar with the work of Copeland but it peaked my interest and had to give his music a spin. I had featured his EP 100 Miles from Sunday and patiently awaited the release of his latest self titled EP. Released on June 16th, this self titled EP is his best work to date.
Before Copeland began performing on his own, he was exposed to the grueling nature of the touring life. Playing the keyboard and guitar for Casey Donahew at the age of 20 provided Copeland with invaluable experience. Donahew is a staple in the Texas Scene and the six years that Copeland toured with him formed the base for his next endeavor with Sam Riggs and the Night People. These early years are the equivalent of being an apprentice and soaking up all the knowledge and tricks of the music industry. Ultimately, Aaron Copeland decided to head out on his own and release his own music.
I have listened to this self titled EP a lot over the past couple of weeks. The leading track, Whiskey Time is a boot stompin' tune that is likely to be a crowd favorite. It pulls you in right from the start with classic country riffs, making it a smart choice to lead off this EP. Copeland likes to have a good time and bring his pal Steve Helms on board for Drink Her Pretty which made me laugh. This country tune is sure to get you laughing as he can't drink enough to make the girl at the bar attractive enough. The beer goggles are just not strong enough to bring her home. At the end it features some amusing banter between Helms and Copeland to keep the mood light.
There is powerful duet, Driving Me to Drink featuring the lovely vocals of Ashely Lee. The intentional hammering of the piano keys and the slightly subdued acoustic guitar keep this song intimate. The hurt inside both of them is evident as they are coping with their sadness through a bottle. Each is too proud to admit that they were wrong and try to fix what is lost. In a situation like this, we often have the inner battle and know that we should speak what's on our mind, but 9 times out of 10 we don't.
This EP should give Copeland a few good songs for the Texas charts to help expand his base and solidify him as a strong upcoming performer. My gut tells me the Stoney Larue like-song Rain will be a single that winds up on Texas radio. It has all the makings of a quality Texas Country tune that will be a favorite with radio listeners. Give a listen to the EP below and share your thoughts on his music! I'd love to hear them.
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