Rock band Drunk Horse returns tonight |

Rock band Drunk Horse returns tonight

Having enjoyed an enthusiastic reception with their debut Nevada County performance in February, Oakland-based rock band Drunk Horse members make their triumphant return to the area with a show tonight at Cooper’s.

The group is excited to bring its brand of blues-based progressive rock to a Nevada City audience for a second time.

“Since the show in February, we’ve maintained a pretty high standard of what we deem good enough to give to the people. We still have high quality control. However, since our last visit to Nevada City, we have brought all of this to a new level,” explained singer-guitarist Eli Eckert.

Tonight’s show is produced by local businesswoman Lovie Bucknell in celebration of the five-year anniversary of her Love Shack Records record store. A fan of Drunk Horse, Bucknell is delighted to bring them back to the area. The men of Drunk Horse also welcome the opportunity.

“It’s exciting to me that Lovie is fostering a scene there, with the record store and the shows she puts on. It’s cool,” Eckert said.

“We’ve been trying to play a lot of the smaller towns in California because a lot of bands just play Los Angeles, San Francisco … maybe San Diego … and they miss the music-loving people of the vital, smaller communities. It’s their loss. Smaller towns seem to appreciate when bands come to them, and we appreciate that.”

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 prodigal lead guitarist Joel “Skunk” Robinow and bassist Cyrus Comiskey, Drunk Horse members 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.

A rigorous touring schedule has made the band comfortable on the road, where they spend a lot of their time. Veterans of several U.S. tours with forays into Canada, Drunk Horse beefed up its résumé in April with a trip of Europe. The band has also sonically grown, with guitarist Robinow now doubling as a keyboard player.

“We’ve broadened our horizons and augmented our arsenal and now feature keyboards, allowing us to enhance our musical palette and take listeners on an even greater adventure,” explained Eckert after consulting a thesaurus.

“Playing in Nevada City was much like being born again, but not in a religious sense. More in the sense of crawling out of a physical womb – that womb being Nevada City. We experienced a sense of excitement and wonder. We had a great time last time. We’re excited to come back this time, and we’re thankful that Lovie has invited us back again,” Eckert said.


Tonight’s show also includes the locally-based Texas expatriate band One Ton Eyelid. Cooper’s is at 235 Commercial St. in Nevada City. Cover charge is $5 for the 8:30 p.m. show.

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