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Interview:
Citizen Cope at Fillmore Detroit, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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It may have been a minute (millions of them, really) between albums for Citizen Cope. But the singer-songwriter also known as Clarence Greenwood made that wait worthwhile.



Earlier this year he released "Heroin and Helicopters," his sixth album overall and first in seven years. It adds to a catalog of rich, poignant and genre-blending music that Cope began releasing back in 2002 (not counting a limited edition album in 1992) that has won him universal critical acclaim and collaborations with Dido, Pharoahe Monch and G. Love & Special Sauce, among others. Cope's songs have also been heard in TV shows such as "One Tree Hill," "Scrubs," "Entourage," "Smallville" and more.



He's currently on the road piloting "...Helicopters," but Greenwood, 50, promises there's more coming -- and sooner...



Greenwood says by phone from Los Angeles that life events played a role in the long gap between albums. "I did a lot of touring, and then I had a daughter, and it just got to be that the record took longer than I expected. That interim also saw Greenwood reconcile with his father before he passed away three years ago. "I just wanted to make the record as special as it could be and not just put a record out to put a record out. And I was having kind of a block for awhile; I recorded some of the songs, like, four or five times. They say it's not rocket science, but I'm beginning to think it is."



The good news is that Greenwood wound up making enough songs for a double album. so his next release should come sooner rather than later -- and certainly not take another seven years. "I've got all these song that are already recorded, so I'm gonna follow up a little sooner on the next album. I've got some tweaking I want to do and a couple of new things I've got in the lab, but I'll try to get to that a little quicker."



As for "Heroin and Helicopters'" title, Greenwood says that, "I don't want people to think I'm promoting heroin or anything." The title comes from a conversation Greenwood had with Carlos Santana when the rock veteran came to see a Citizen Cope show at the Fillmore in San Francisco. "He said, 'Whatever you do, watch out for the two H's -- heroin and helicopters. They don't go well with musicians," Greenwood recalls. Despite that, Greenwood did take his first helicopter ride earlier this year, transported to a show inside Jamaica. "They said, 'You've got to take a helicopter and I thought, 'F***, this is gonna be the end,' but we got there OK."



Citizen Cope performs Saturday, April 13, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Mayaeni opens. Doors at 7 p.m. $26-$76. 313-961-5451 or thefillmoredetrtoit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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