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ABOUT CLONING COOPER (2003-2010)
Cloning Cooper, based out of Saranac Lake, NY, came together in February of 2003 and played its first official live show on July 4th of that same year. They had an eventful seven year run culminating with a final performance on October 29th, 2010. The group’s origins began in 1999 when Rob Stout (vocals and guitars) and Josh Clement (guitars and vocals) formed the acoustic duo “Who Shot JR” and later “The Hardy Gardy Band” with friend and drinking partner Steve Hardy. HGB disbanded in 2002 when Rob moved to Albany, NY to pursue an education in medicine. With Rob out of the loop Josh and brothers Brian (drums) and Walt Lewis (bass) hooked up. Together with John Mark Ramsey and Jackie Kilmer “The Church of Groove” was formed. Although short-lived, there was an obvious chemistry between Josh and the Lewis brothers and the seeds were planted for “Cloning Cooper.” But who would sing? Enter Rob. Back in the North Country after learning how to save lives, the pieces of the puzzle were in place.
Cloning Cooper began practicing at Josh’s popular bar and live music venue, The Door/Studio 76. Yes, for six years Josh owned and operated his very own drinking establishment! Not much money was made but the band often drank for free. Was that a good thing? Anyway, Cloning Cooper honed its craft by putting its own twist on covers from some of their favorite bands. The process became known as “Cooperizing”, where the term “note for note” was usually ignored at all costs. The band sought to honor its heroes by breathing new life into their songs, often choosing to cover B-sides as a way to re-introduce forgotten music. After developing an entertaining collection of tunes, the time was right for the band to unleash its live show on the public. But what about the name? This was the million dollar question! Only Walt knows the true answer but it’s thought that “Cloning Cooper” came about during afternoon drinks at legendary bar and music venue, The Waterhole, in Saranac Lake, NY. There’s certainly more to the story but Josh has always been quick to say, “If you Google “Cloning Cooper”, we come up!” A worthy name, indeed!
The band played entertaining and highly energetic live shows around northern New York for 7 years. Bob Seidenstein, contributing writer for The Adirondack Daily Enterprise, reviewed one show saying, “Cloning Cooper are what a home-town band should be…fun! Not only are they a good tight rock band, but they’re obviously a bunch of good-time guys who are having at least as much fun as the audience!” Some of the bands more noteworthy performances were their opening act spots for Melvin Seals & JGB (2003), Molly Hatchet (2006), & April Wine (2007). In 2006 they won the Northern New York Budweiser Battle of the Bands and on July 4th, 2007 they headlined a 6-band festival in West Mountain, NY.
Cloning Cooper was instrumental in organizing many successful benefits including the 2005 “Cooper for Katrina” shows, which saw them play six venues in three towns in twelve hours, and the 2009 “Rockin’ for Hospice” event, a seven hour concert featuring other bands from the Adirondack region.
In 2005 Cloning Cooper began writing original material for their only official studio release, the self titled “Cloning Cooper 2008.” An eclectic mix of songs which the band described as “Diverse Rock and Roll with Attitude!” slowly came to fruition. Each member contributed to the project by adding their own personal flare and style to the tunes. The band, along with producer and engineer Dave Blinn at Rockbottom Multimedia Productions in West Chazy, NY, set out to make a rock record with something for everyone. The disc was officially released on July 11th, 2008 with great excitement from all involved. Phil “Bunk” Griffin (www.bunksplace.com) had this to say, “Cloning Cooper's first CD is a must-have, especially if you're an Adirondacker and particularly if you're a Saranac Laker. It's hard to pick a personal favorite because every track on it is great! Not only is the music and editing outstanding but there is a lot of thought behind the lyrics.” Fan favorites have included the melodic “Ahh” and “Biding My Time” as well as heavier songs such as “Sagittarius” and the politically relevant “Don’t Blink.” The music is meant to be heard and the band encourages everyone who has a copy to share it with their friends.
Cloning Cooper is very proud of its achievements as a hard working band from the North Country. They thank their fans and family who have supported them over the years and hope to be remembered as an entertaining rock band that put a smile on people’s faces. The band looks forward to playing again some day…reunion anyone? Until then, if they don’t see you in the future, they’ll see you in the pasture! As always, thanks for supporting local music!