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In Memoriam: Jason Cope (1979 – 2021) Guitarist

Jason Cope, the guitar player for the Southern rock band the Steel Woods and a collaborator with artists like Jamey Johnson and Brent Cobb, has died. He was 42. The group’s publicist confirmed Cope’s death to Rolling Stone.

Cope was an in-demand session guitarist, playing on albums by Lindi Ortega and the Secret Sisters, but he first became visible to country music fans by performing onstage with Johnson for nearly a decade. Nicknamed “Rowdy,” the North Carolina native also played on Johnson’s albums That Lonesome Song and The Guitar Song and co-wrote The Guitar Song track “Can’t Cash My Checks.”

In 2016, Cope founded the Steel Woods with singer Wes Bayliss in Nashville. The group released their debut album, Straw in the Wind, in 2017, and followed it up with 2019’s Old News. Both albums mixed elements of outlaw country and Southern rock with a blast of hard rock — the group covered Black Sabbath’s “Hole in the Sky” on Straw in the Wind and “Changes” on Old News. (Rolling Stone)

The Steel Woods are an American country music group from Nashville, Tennessee, exploring a variety of genres – stringing together lyrically strong songs, a big sound and well-put together harmonies, they have created a new sound that is being dubbed “Smart Southern Rock.” A quartet of Southern rock traditionalists from Nashville, The Steel Woods lay claim to the sound pioneered by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Like Skynyrd, The Steel Woods balance heavy blues-rock with Southern poetry, and they add a bit of plainspoken outlaw country to the mix, as evidenced on their 2017 debut, Straw in the Wind.

Though their style is unapologetically Southern Rock and Rock, just pull back the layers to find lyrics that feature passionate storytelling and messages that resonate. At first glance, Nashville four-piece The Steel Woods may seem like a chip off the ol’ Skynyrd block. But you’re just as likely to hear hints of Ricky Skaggs in the outfits’ rollicking bluegrass rock as Southern rock heroes like Skynyrd or The Allman Brothers Band.

Lead singer Wes Bayliss’ Southern fried vocal certainly fits among the long list of long-haired rebel rockers, but there’s a certain subtlety to The Steel Woods you just don’t hear in modern Southern rock. Much of that comes from the band’s affinity for old country tunes. “I grew up on Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Led Zeppelin,” says co-founder and guitarist Jason “Rowdy” Cope.

The themes reflected in their music range from perseverance and unity to hope and resilience. Inspired by conversations they had with people they met on the road, The Steel Woods strive to find common ground through shared life experiences and a musical connection.

Over the last few years, the band has built a loyal and passionate fan base through their road warrior touring mentality and extraordinary live shows. Whether headlining or supporting artists such as Dwight Yoakam, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jamey Johnson, Cody Jinks, Miranda Lambert and Blackberry Smoke, among others, The Steel Woods consistently convert audiences with each performance.

The band sounds like “drinking a bottle of bourbon and having inebriated hallucinations of Gregg Allman and Lucinda Williams standing hand in hand in powder-blue choir robes, as ‘Melissa’ plays in the background,” the staff of Rolling Stone wrote in a May 2017 “10 New Country Artists to Know” list.

With a pair of critically acclaimed Woods Music/Thirty Tigers releases under their belts in Straw in the Wind (2017) and Old News (2019), Nashville-based The Steel Woods have lived up to their name as a hybrid musical force both in the studio and live.

Founding member and guitarist Jason “Rowdy” Cope died on January 16, 2021.


Sunday 3pm: Rolling Stone Magazine Top 500 Songs of All Time with Ron Kovacs

rstop500In Part VII of this countdown we have made it to number 193 with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Free Bird.  Join Ron Kovacs live at 3pm ET for more of the Top 500 Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs of All Time on RadioMaxMusic.

Friday 6pm: Rolling Stone Magazine Top 500 Songs of All Time with Ron Kovacs

rstop500We continue our countdown of the Top 500 Rolling Stone Magazine Songs of All Time with number 241 from Patsy Cline and Fall To Pieces.  Join Ron Kovacs live at 6pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.

Friday 6pm: Rolling Stone Magazine Top 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time with Ron Kovacs

rstop500Another installment of the Top 500 Rolling Stone Magazine Greatest Songs of All TIme.  Join Ron Kovacs as we continue with number 354 from U2 with Beautiful Day.  Live 6pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.

Artist Countdown: Paul Revere & The Raiders Top 40 Hits

paulrevereandtheraidersPaul Revere & the Raiders, an American rock band, saw considerable U.S. mainstream success in the second half of the 1960s and early 1970s with hits such as “Kicks” (1966; ranked number 400 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time), “Hungry” (1966), “Him Or Me – What’s It Gonna Be?” (1967) and the 1971 No. 1 single “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)”.

1 Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)
2 Kicks
3 Good Thing
4 Him Or Me, What’s It Gonna Be
5 Hungry
6 Let Me
7 I Had A Dream
8 Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon
9 Too Much Talk
10 Ups And Downs
11 Just Like Me
12 Birds of a Feather
13 Don’t Take It So Hard
14 The Great Airplane Strike
15 We Gotta All Get Together
16 Steppin’ Out
17 Cinderella Sunshine
18 Peace of Mind 
19 Like, Long Hair
20 Country Wine
21 Powder Blue Mercedes Queen
22 Just Seventeen
23 Love Music
24 Song Seller
25 Gone Movin’ On
26 Louie Louie
27 Louie Go Home
28 Ooh Poo Pah Doo
29 Over You
30 Beatnik Sticks 
31 Shake It Up
32 All Over You
33 Do Unto Others
34 Action
35 Louise
36 Blue Fox
37 I’m Crying
38 Corvair Baby
39 Judge GTO Breakaway
40 Tobacco Road