Mission Door

Mission Door

by Peter CooperPeter Cooper


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Peter Cooper marries his singer/songwriter knack to bright, country music on Mission Door, creating a hybrid that falls within alternative country in today's music scene. The album is highlighted by Cooper's steady vocal delivery, his self-penned songs, and spare arrangements, frequently underpinned by tasteful steel and dobro. Even within these basic arrangements, small variations -- harmonica and accordion -- prevent the flow of the material from becoming overly familiar. There are a number of guest appearances including Nanci Griffith, Todd Snider, and Fayssoux McLean who join Cooper on the title cut. While Cooper has a literary streak, he's smart enough to offer a dash of humor here and there to loosen up the proceedings. A rather odd religious moment also inserts itself about three-fourths of the way through Mission Door. "Sheboygan" almost sounds like "she be gone" but actually identifies a place where the song's narrator is sitting on a bar stool drunk. The song's idea, perhaps tongue in cheek, is that if everything is set in motion by a higher power, then one is doing the Lord's work, even sitting on a bar stool. Call it alternative country religion. Fans will also enjoy the album's liner notes, which include small asides and backdrops to each of Mission Door's songs.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2008
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0700261237572
catalogNumber: 5637255552
Rank: 146120


  1. Boy Genius
  2. All the Way to Heaven
  3. Wine
  4. Couple of Lies
  5. Take Care
  6. Mission Door
  7. They Hate Me
  8. 715 (For Hank Aaron)
  9. Sheboygan
  10. One by One
  11. Andalusia
  12. Thin Wild Mercury

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Cooper   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Nanci Griffith   Vocals
Bill Lloyd   Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Green   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Todd Snider   Harmonica,Vocals
Paul Griffith   Drums
Pat McInerney   Percussion,Drums
Jason Ringenberg   Harmonica
David Roe   Bass
Richard McLaurin   Hammond Organ,Lap Cello
Jen Gunderman   Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Fayssoux Starling McLean   Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Author
Lloyd Green   Producer
Todd Snider   Composer,Author
Richard McLaurin   Engineer
Dave Hixx   Composer
Baker Maultsby   Composer
Peter Cooper   Composer,Producer

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