Patrick Cooper is a singer/songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana. The son of a North Louisiana Hillbilly and a South Louisiana Cajun, he has been playing guitar and singing in public since he was 12. He started performing in his home town of Shreveport, Louisiana and then later moved to Baton Rouge where he began writing his own songs. In 1988 he moved to Santa Cruz, California (where old hippies go to die). He played in coffeehouses, bars, restaurants, wineries and at private parties as a solo performer or in duos at numerous venues throughout the West Coast.
Feeling the emotional tug of his home state, Cooper moved back to Louisiana in 2011 and resides in New Orleans.
Cooper performs original material in the blues, rock, country and folk vein (Americana Music) as well as interpretations of songs by John Prine, Bob Dylan, Bobby Charles, Van Morrison, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, Allen Toussaint and Otis Redding, among others. Humor is an essential part of his stage presence. He enjoys bantering with his audiences.
He has toured the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Louisiana and Texas with Singer/Songwriter John Craigie.
In the New Orleans area Cooper plays regularly at Kerry Irish Pub (French Quarter), The Crescent City Farmers Market in Bywater in New Orleans and the Mandeville Trailhead Community Market (Northshore). On the road he played regularly at the former Blue Dog Café of Lake Charles, and tours in Pensacola, Florida, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Pascagoula, Mississippi and Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He makes occasional appearances at Buffa's (The Marigny in New Orleans), Ruby's Roadhouse in Mandeville, St. John's Coffeehouse in Covington and the Bottle and Tap in Baton Rouge. He opened for David Egan at the legendary Maple Leaf Bar in Uptown New Orleans (2011) and played at the equally legendary Tipitina's in New Orleans (with Crossing Canal) in 2016.
Other notable shows include:
Opening for Darrell Scott (with Bob Worth on lead guitar) and David Bromberg (with Crossing Canal) at The Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge
Opening for Webb Wilder, Chuck Brodsky, Malcolm Holcombe, Beausoleil, Steve Conn, Roy Book Binder (All Solo) and Will Kimbrough (with Crossing Canal) at The Red Dragon Listening Room in Baton Rouge
Opening for John Craigie, Mia Borders and Lynn Drury at the Dyson House in Baton Rouge
Opening for The Mulligan Brothers (with Crossing Canal) at the Hartley-Vey Theatre in Baton Rouge
Opening for Mipso, C. W. Stoneking (Both Solo) and The War and Treaty (with Crossing Canal) at Gasa Gasa in New Orleans
Performs annually at the Natasha Sanchez Songwriter Circle at Buffa's in New Orleans beginning in 2014
Performed at The House of Blues Foundation Room Songwriter Sessions in New Orleans in 2018
Performed at the Bee Nice Music Series with Mark Carroll in Baton Rouge in 2019
He has released his album of original material titled “Gris Gris In Your Face”, which is available in CD format or can be downloaded on itunes and many other digital formats.