With THE RAINWATER LP, Citizen Cope offers the clearest distillation yet of his distinct musical approach, a laidback gumbo of acoustic blues, singer/songwriter rock n roll and deep soul grooves. Born Clarence Greenwood, but known to friends and fans as simply Cope, the Brooklyn-based artist has crafted an album redolent of such classic tunesmiths as Randy Newman and Stevie Wonder both major touchstones for his emotively penned songs. As such, its virtually impossible to put a finger on Citizen Cope's idiosyncratically inimitable sound.
'The only way to explain my music is to say you gotta listen to it,' Greenwood says. 'I don't think there is any easy description of it. Somebody once said something about 'urban folk,' which I wasn't bad at.'