Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.
Mike Cooper has traced a path completely his own for the past 50 years as an international musical explorer, lap steel guitarist, singer, improviser and composer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of inspired groupings and a variety of genres. stretching the possibilities of the guitar with an eclectic mix of the many styles he has practiced over the years.
Radio Paradise by Mike Cooper, BandCamp, 2021 on #neuguitars #blog
One of my favourite records in my output. Recorded in Beirut/Lebanon over a couple of days at Tunefork Studios on May 25th and December 14th 2010. I am playing my Alan Timmins carbon fibre resophonic tri-cone guitar acoustic and through various digital devices on all but two tracks which are played on my 1932 National try-cone.. No overdubs all one take.
al-Mu’tamid Muhammad ibn Abbad Ibn Ismail al-Lakhmi was the third and last ruler of the taifa of Seville in Al-Andalus and one of the most eminent men of 11th-century al-Andalus, highly regarded as a writer of poetry in Arabic. He was taken into captivity by the Almoravids and exiled to Aghmat, Morocco, where he died,or was perhaps assassinated, in 1095.
Produced for Johnny Kafta – Kids Menu with art work by Mazen Kerbaj. Thanks to Ziad Michel Nawfal, Sharif Sehnaoui and Fadi Tabbal. .
released May 6, 2021
All songs, music by Mike Cooper apart from Special Rider (Skip James), If I Get Lucky (Arthur Crudup), Heartbreak Hotel (Axton Durdon) – all arranged Mike Cooper.