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Artist: Copperhead
Title: Live & Lost
Genre: Rock
Label: Eastwinds Records

Copperhead was one of last hard-edged southern rock bands to leave its mark. They remain a
popular band and people still want to hear their music. Why wouldn't you want to listen to
this great music? Its totally kick ass free spirited rock with a southern flair and energy
to spare.

Live & Lost is a combination of live recordings, actually a live EP they never
finished when the band was under contract with Polygram early in their career, and studio
cuts that never saw the light of day. Well thanks to vocalist/lead guitar man Neil
Carswell, this great music has been unearthed and released for all of the old faithful,
and surely an entirely new legion of fans everywhere. They just won over another fan right

The power and energy never lets up once on this CD and that is one of the main reasons I
love it so much. Firstly, I have always loved southern rock like Skynrd, Molly Hatchet,
Blackfoot, all the bands that made a name for themselves during the peak years of the 70s
and early 80s. Well, Cooperhead happened after the fact; they started in 1986 and toured
like maniacs for five years- thus the reference to the last of the great southern rock
bands. Touring always pays off, it is the best form of PR you could possible hope for.

The tracks that knocked my socks off were "Whiskey Mama," "Raging Fire," and "Voices In
The Night." Swept away by this music, I felt compelled to tell Neil Carswell how I felt.
When I got to the ninth track, I was ready to burst, so I got on the phone to speak to
Neil. He proceeded to give me the short version of the Copperhead legacy. There were many
well-known people involved in this album besides the original lineup (see additional

This CD is a real gem; there is not one dinger on it. Every track is rockin' hard with
incredibly authoritative and cutting guitar leads courtesy of Carswell and band mate Jon
Byrd. Carswell's voice is perfect for this music, he is right out front, in command of the
floor, rising above the screaming guitars and potent rhythm section of Tony Hawkins (bass)
and Eric Suttlemyre (drums). In addition to that barrage of your senses, the superb
keyboard work of Brad Durden gives it all that extra flavor and depth to complete the full
meaty sound, complimenting Carswell's voice on hard driving tracks like "Hard Living" and
the moodier cuts with tasteful guitar licks like "Voices In The Night." This band had one
hell of a power packed punch and that makes Live & Lost a newly found and treasured
piece of rock history worth having.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

December 9, 2005

01. Stricken
02. Get Out Of My Way
03. Hard Living (Live)
04. Born Loser (Live)
05. Whiskey (Live)
06. Keepin' On (Live)
07. Drift Away
08. Whiskey Mama
09. Raging Fire
10. I'll Get By
11. Free Man
12. Voices In The Night



Neil Carswell - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Jon Byrd - Lead Guitar
Brad Durden - Keyboards
Tony Hawkins - Bass
Eric Suttlemyre - Drums

Additional personnel:
Joe Hardy - acoustic guitar
Rodney Mills - background vocals

Copperhead Website

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