Interview with The Coppertones

The Coppertones
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Describe the band
The Coppertones are a six-piece dynamo, featuring the vocals of JUDY MARSHALL. We specialize in classic R&B, Soul, Motown and Carolina Beach. We believe the music should be performed as it was all those years ago, live and with four-part harmony the star of the show.

How long has the band been together?
About 3 years.

How did you come up with the concept for the band?
I went to my 30th High School reunion, and a big name band was playing…without a bassist. It became clear that they were working with pre-recorded tracks. So our charge was to put together a band that did it live, at a price people could afford.

Describe your first performances.
Shaky, but we were well received.

What kind of response do you get from your audiences?
Our mission is to fill the dance floor. People have been responsive and cordial.

How many vocalists do you have?

Where did you grow up?
Upstate South Carolina.

How early did you start singing / playing?
I been singing as long as I can remember, and playing in bands since I was 12.

Was anyone in your youth an inspiration to you?
Without question; Sam Cooke and Ray Charles.

Are you a member of any associations?

What mixture of originals / covers do you perform?
We do 10 original songs. Our song PARTY DOWN THE STREET is currently on about 25 radio stations across the Southeast

What is your favorite venue?
The next one

Tell us about the musicians you perform with.
Love to. JUDY MARSHALL is the featured vocalist. Judy cut her teeth as a back-up singer in Nashville. RICH FOWLER (piano and harmonica) grew up hanging around the old Stax studio in Memphis. JR RYAN (Bass) hails from the ‘Jersey shore, where he spent his formative years watching Bruce Springsteen. Jim Hensley (guitar) grew up in N Augusta SC, working with folks like James Brown and Steve Morse. And Tom Moran (drums) provides the backbone. I’m Larry (the Britches) Williams (organ). I cut my teeth working in back-up bands for Carolina beach artists.