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Stephen Cochran Ready For Home Away From Home

of the Oakland Press

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Country singer Stephen Cochran is happy about the prospect of performing once again in Pontiac.

“We’re excited, man,” says Cochran, 30. “We love that place. It goes down on our list as the wildest crowd we’d had all of last year. So we can’t wait to get back, too.”

Cochran has other motives to bring him back to the area, too. The son of country songwriter and guitarist Steve Cochran spent a few years living with his grandparents in Waterford Township and attended Waterford Mott High School. So coming back means “staying at granny’s house and getting to eat some of her good food. I’ll put on 10 pounds just being there.”

Cochran won’t have any trouble working it off, though. The former elite U.S Marine, who served and was seriously wounded in Iraq and is a spokesman for the Veteran’s Administration, is also working on his next album, the follow-up to 2007’s self-titled effort. He’s in the midst of negotiating a major label deal for the project, and Cochran says the new material is coming from a “deeper” place due to counseling he’s had to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in the service.

“On the last album, there wasn’t a lot of content that had to do with my military experience,” he explains. “I hadn’t really dealt with a lot of things that had gone on, myself. And my record company didn’t want me to be pigeonholed as ‘the singing marine.’

“This time, as I started writing and going to therapy, I realized that, ‘You know what? This is [i]my[/i] album. This is something I want to tell people about and show them what I’ve been through these past five years since getting out of the Marine Corps and living back in the world.

“You know, six-and-a-half years ago, they told me I’d never walk again, and last year I played the (Downtown) Hoedown, where I saw Garth Brooks play when I was 13 years old. When you have stuff like that in your head, there’s a lot to say in your songs.”

Stephen Cochran, Julianne, Austin Scott and Annabelle Road perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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