Like blues, rock? See Drunk Horse at Cooper’s |

Like blues, rock? See Drunk Horse at Cooper’s

Though they’ve played shows in nearby areas, including performances in Sacramento and Reno, the members of the Oakland-based rock band Drunk Horse will finally make their Nevada County debut tonight with a show at Cooper’s.

The group is pleased to bring their brand of progressive, blues-based rock to a Nevada City audience.

“We’re just into playing and giving people good rock ‘n’ roll music that’s not overproduced and overwrought,” explained singer-guitarist Eli Eckert. “We have a pretty high standard of what we deem good enough to give to the people. We have high quality control.”

Drunk Horse originally formed in 1998, though Eckert and drummer Cripe Jergensen have played music together since the seventh grade.

Since forming the group, which also includes lead guitarist Josh Smith and bassist Cyrus Comiskey, the men of Drunk Horse have kept busy recording and releasing CDs, including a self-titled album in 1999, “Tanning Salon” in 2001, and their critically acclaimed “Adult Situations” CD last year.

There will be more music forthcoming, as Eckert explained. “We’ve been writing a lot of songs, working on new material for another album later this year.”

Lyrically, the band thrives when telling stories.

“Our lyrics tend to be narratives involving some shady situation or another. I really enjoy telling a story with lyrics. I’m a big fan of sleazy storytelling lyrics. Not every song is like that; there’s some songs with messages,” Eckert clarified.

A rigorous touring schedule has made the band comfortable on the road, where they spend a lot of their time.

“We’ve gone on several U.S. tours, covering the entire U.S. and parts of Canada. We’re planning on going to Europe in April, which is exciting,” Eckert said.

Despite this being their first visit to the area, band members are confident in their ability to show the audience at Cooper’s a good time.

“People who enjoy the blues and rock and roll idiom will have a fabulous time. If they enjoy guitar solos, then their ticket is punched,” Eckert added.

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