The Copas Bros. played their first job on March 3, 1974 at Club Le Cheval in Baker, LA on Plank Road. The band had practiced for about 5 months prior to that. In the beginning the band did covers of old Bluegrass songs and gradually working in original songs then playing newer songs like tunes by new artists, Jimmy Buffet, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, David Allen Coe and a whole new breed of song writers.
The Copas Bros. gained popularity at a club called Cahoots owned by a fellow high school class mate named Danny Kertacy from Baton Rouge that started booking the band at Cahoots in Baton Rouge as well as other weekly gigs at Ziggy’s and Jed’s and Harry Lee’s “Hired Hand “ Club in New Orleans.
A fan base of local LSU students and local fun loving characters from Baton Rouge and New Orleans rallied around the band. Eventually the band became even more popular getting bookings throughout the United States; Corpus Christi Texas, Austin, Beaumont.
Then came Miami (where Steve Martin performed the previous week), Alabama, New York City, Mississippi, North Carolina, Paris, Tennessee (Hank Williams, Jr’s Club) Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge, Denver, Leadville, Evergreen, Grand Lake, Colorado. Delaware and Virginia.
Along the way they opened concerts for Jimmy Buffet, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Kershaw, Hank Williams, Jr.,Waylon Jennings, Doug Kershaw, Tracy Nelson, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Asleep at the Wheel, Tom Waits, and many more.
They performed at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 5 times. The Copas Bros did local TV commercials and performed and wrote songs for C.C. Lockwood’s award winning film Atchafalaya “America’s Largest River Basin Swamp”.
They spent 5 years working on Bourbon Street in New Orleans and recorded a 45 rpm single and an album. Their selection of songs and close harmonies and their unusual style and presentations had the attention of world Famous record producer Clive Davis of Columbia Records. Also, Electra Asylum records (The Eagles label) was Watching their studio work with regular calls to the studio checking on their progress. There was even interest by a Record Producer from France.
The Copas Bros. are on Jamsphere Rock Radio with the tracks “The Towboat Song” and “Delta To The Rockies”