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Citizen Cope Worked with Clapton, but, the Singer Says, "I'd Love to Do a Song with D'Angelo"

The throaty vocals of Clarence Greenwood offer the appropriate audio cure for just about any of life's miseries. Since the '90s, this Southern crooner has written emotional tales for the Americana soul under his Citizen Cope moniker. 

Singing with his eyes closed through the start of the 21st Century, his relatable albums and modest style have attracted hundreds of thousands to the music. Greenwood powered through the cutthroat bigwig recording industry just to end up on the other side with his own independent label, Rainwater Recordings. 

Today, he records albums on his own terms and performs around the country, visiting more than 40 cities with each tour. In advance of his upcoming show at Revolution Live, we spoke to Greenwood about his desire to work with D'Angelo, his growth as a human being, and his up-tempo time in the studio with the Mars Volta's drummer, Deantoni Parks, during the production of recent release One Lovely Day.

New Times: As a songwriter, who are some of your past and recent

inspirations? Why do you think it's important to keep the folky

storyteller types alive?

Citizen Cope: I don't think there's a lot of people writing in that

sense, and it's just something that came naturally to me -- the emotional

connection I would get from someone like Bill Withers or Bob Marley or

John Lennon. You have to commit spiritually and emotionally to the song.

I was always kind of drawn by those artists. We're living in times

where I think money has become something everyone is chasing around,

like a carrot on a stick. We've lost touch of our purpose with all the

technology and advances. We haven't made many advances toward human

compassion or love toward each other. Those artists have proved their

music speaks to people and gives value to life. It's important to kind

of have a resting place.

You've worked with Eric Clapton, Santana, and Richie Havens. Are there

any other greats on your wish list you'd like to collaborate with?

I'd like to work with Norah Jones and Dr. Dre... I'd love to do a song with D'Angelo. 

The last time you visited South Florida, you were touring as a solo

acoustic act. This time, you're heading back with the band. How do the

performance experiences compare?

I just always liked performing solo because that's where a lot of the

songs were written -- on a guitar and just voice. As a producer, I always

want to add more to the songs. You can rest a little easier with a

band; you can put your guitar down for a second. But both of them serve

different purposes. I think there's the rock show and the intimacy of an

acoustic setting; they both show spark in a different light. 

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Tracy Block

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