1. Hi Ross, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you become a country musician? I come from a rodeo family. That’s how both of my parents met. I rode bareback-horses and saddle-bronc from the time I was 13 I moved to Nashville. I started playing music when I was 10, so music and rodeo have always been the two big staples in my life.
2. How did you become a country music fan and how did you know you wanted a career in it? My first introduction to country music was a George Strait greatest hits tape, then The Mavericks shortly after. Both are still two of my favorite. I don’t know if I there was ever a decisive moment regarding the decision to pursue a career in music. All I’ve ever wanted to do is write songs, so I just feel lucky that I get to build a career. It’s hard. Every day is tough. But it’s all worth it.
3. Who are some of your musical icons? In no order: Ryan Adams, Tom Waits, The Damnwells, The Mavericks, George Strait, Willis Alan Ramsey.
4. What is the story behind your new single “I Rode the Wild Horses?” It’s an homage to all the old cowboys that I grew up looking up to. A lot of times, these guys are forgotten about, and they were always heroes to me. It was my way of telling that story. I hope I turn into one of those men when I’m their age.
5. Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018? The shows are stacking for the fall. So playing to as many audiences as we can.
6. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years? My biggest goal in the next 5 years is to have a family and be able to support them through my music career. I want to write the best songs I can and put out the best music that I’m able.
7. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why? Would be a blast to sing some of spanish songs with Calexico. Their new album is phenomenol.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes? When we were rodeoing, my dad always told us, “take it one jump at a time”. In the simplest terms, it means: don’t get ahead of yourself.
Ross Cooper is a special country singer/songwriter that has actually lived the life of a true cowboy. This former professional bareback rider was still riding broncos, while his music career started. When a knee injury stopped his rodeo career, Cooper focused his time on his music career.
His newest album, “I Rode The Wild Horses,” drives country music to it old-style roots and sound. This new album is available both on iTunes and Spotify. Cooper has a new Nashville sound that is a mixed up of radiance pedal steel, rock n’ roll telecaster riffs and beautiful harmonies. If you would like to find out more about Ross Cooper then check out his website https://www.ross-cooper.com.
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