How to Lose A Grammy, by Peter Cooper (originally appeared in The Tennessean) 

My favorite Grammy moment of 2012? That’d be when presenter Dan Konopka of rock band OK Go said, “And the Grammy goes to.....” That was a moment of significant hope, right before Konopka announced the winner, mumbling something that sounded to me like, “Definitely not Peter Cooper.” That’s right, you are reading the word stylings of the Grammy-losingest columnist in Nashville history. I was nominated with my pal and singing partner Eric Brace, for co-producing I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow.…

July, 2011 

Tornados hit East Nashville in the late 1990s and knocked down anything natural and wooden, and so there's precious little left here in the way of shade. We've had some trees planted, but they take a while to grow up into anything that'll subdue the misery index. That's all fine, as Eric Brace and I are playing Houston on July 22, so this'll serve as a training camp. "It's hotter than concrete/ July in Houston/ And it'll get even worse before it turns nice," Lyle Lovett wrote. I trust he's true to his word…Read more

March 8 

Lots of good stuff going on while I'm sitting here waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Apparently, Eric Brace and I are playing shows this month with Todd Snider, Dan Navarro and... gulp... Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall. Check the "Dates" page for more information. We're with Snider in Greenville, SC, with Navarro in the DC area and with Tom T. at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. 
Those of you who show up super-early to my shows (thank you!) know that most nights I sound check with John Prine's…Read more

Chart Madness 

Tom T. Hall once said that music awards involved finding out you were in a contest you didn't realize you had entered, then being disappointed when you found out that you had lost.
Music charts can be like that as well, and there are plenty of charts these days. Right now, my new CD, The Lloyd Green Album, is No. 1 on the Roots Music Report chart and nowhere at all on the Americana chart. And my new duo CD with Eric Brace, The Master Sessions, is in the Top 40 of the Americana chart and nowhere at all on…Read more

Oct. 11 

Just home from a fun run up to Staunton, Va. and Huff's Church, Penn. with duo partner/pal Eric Brace. Allow me to explain a little about the misery of the road. We had to get up early Friday morning to drive up to Virginia in the autumn sunshine. And it's a long drive, so we had to bring an eight-CD Louvin Brothers boxed set and a four-CD Emmylou Harris boxed set and some other favorite albums. And we had to stop at our favorite Thai place in Knoxville, Taste of Thai (exit 378 off I-40), for lunch. And we…Read more

Early October 

Finally fall. Autumn, that is. Golden leaves. Amber liquor. Guitars and airplanes, Packers football and post-season baseball. All good. Summer was hot and hard and long, and no one shall weep for its passing. 

In Nashville, we had three days of spring rain that destroyed lives and property, followed by an unprecedented run of heat that destroyed grass and sanity. I spent several weeks touring in Europe, and that was hot, too. Those nice folks don’t believe in air conditioning. Still had fun, though. The…

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