Citizen Cope, great Baltimore Show

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It’s been about four years since I last saw Citizen Cope, AKA Clarence Greenwood, and last night’s show at the Ramshead in Baltimore was a great one. Cope’s voice has really matured, his band is super tight, and lots of energy in the room, as it was sold out.  Greenwood also did some stripped down versions of older songs that really showed off his rootsy side,  like “200,000 (In Counterfeit 50 Dollar Bills)”.  Nice suprise as well getting to see the smokey voiced, singer songwriter Gin Wigmore, as she opened up the night.  Cope is doing a pretty extensive U.S. tour right now including a stop this summer at Bonaroo. His fifth and latest album, The Rainwater LP, is out now.

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.