Bradley Kopp first saw Lorrie Singer at The Mezzanine Bar in the Boulderado Hotel in Boulder, Colorado. She was on stage singing when he saw her from across the room. He still says he knew right then and there that there was a connection between them that went “way back”.
This was in the late ‘70’s, and Bradley had already established himself as a formidable guitar player who sometimes fronted his own band “Bradley Kopp and Friends” playing around the area. Lorrie was in a band called Spoons at the time, with players who are still well known in the Colorado and Nashville music scenes.
Within a year they shared the stage: Bradley playing lead guitar and Lorrie singing backup. They grew to be fast friends and stayed in touch until a few years later when Bradley moved to Austin and developed a reputation as one of the hot, go-to lead guitar players, a reputation he still carries in the Texas music scene today. Over that time Bradley played with the likes of Alejandro Escovedo, Charlie Robison, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Jimmy LaFave to name-drop a few, and found himself touring the world, playing for crowds of up to 20,000 and on shows like The Tonight Show, while living out of a suitcase a lot of the time. When he was back in Austin he played, engineered and produced in the studio as well, with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Tish Hinojosa, Joe Ely among others.
Lorrie stayed in Boulder to raise her kids, and continued to build her own music and tv career, headlining several bands and working in tv as a commercial and voice actor. During this time she was part of a fertile music scene, working with folks from Firefall (Jock Bartley and Rick Roberts), Spirit and Heart (Mark Andes) and sharing the stage and studio with other well known artists such as John Denver, Tracy Nelson, Rodney Dangerfield, Maria Muldaur, Jon Ims and Gretchen Peters.
When they re-connected in the mid ‘90’s, both had careers in full swing: Bradley in Austin and Lorrie in Boulder. The one thing that differed from any other time in their past was that this time, they were both single. Joining forces seemed right. The spark could finally ignite.
Lorrie says she was a mail-order bride and the only thing those brides had that she didn’t was a covered wagon. Hers was a Ryder truck, and by the end of the ‘90’s it was hitched and headed for Austin. She regretted leaving the showband she’d been with for over a decade, but within a short time in Austin, she’d established herself singing backup with recording artist Sara Hickman, who helped her get a foothold in her new hometown by giving her a glowing introduction into the Austin music scene. Along with her magical musical partnership with Bradley, and her studio work as a support singer and singer/songwriter, Lorrie sings with the popular 9-piece showband Reunion, and continues to be the voice of local commercials, video games and audio books.
Now, with their second CD “A Deep Oasis” (Koppertunes Redboot Records, InBetweens Records) tucked comfortably under their belts, they’re planning their upcoming cd releases and tours in US and Europe.
“… “A deep oasis” The perfect synergy between the guitarist, Bradley Kopp and the great singing talent of Lorrie Singer is there again, in the 13 songs on this beautiful album….Stylistically, there is country rock and country ballads on this beautiful record and the gorgeous voice of Lorrie Singer is as heavenly as ever. … we remember mostly the opening song ‘Radio car’ and the heavily swinging rockers, ‘Uncle Ben’s house’ and ‘Where’d all the money go’ With Joel Guzman on accordion. We should also mention the beautifully sung ballads ‘Cowgirl souvenir’ , Savage ways of man’ and ‘The easy part’…. The couples doing their ‘thing’ together in show business are countable on one hand. Brad and Lorrie are compared in the press to Buddy and Julie Miller, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer. Great company if you ask us. “A deep oasis” is a beautiful record, that hopefully makes this duo as strong in the spotlight as the other 2 couples. (Freddy Celis, ROOTSTIME.BE)
Bradley Kopp, a notable Austin producer and songwriter, and erstwhile partner Lorrie Singer are a compatible pair, possessing the sort of synergy and savvy that’s branded every successful boy-girl combination from Loretta and Conway, up through Johnny and June and Gram and Emmylou. Like those forebears, they glean from a rich rootsy precedent, all back porch rambles and sweet, swaying sentiment…. the basic strengths of this set lie in Singer and Kopp’s traded vocals and the effortless rapport they maintain throughout. The down home sentiments are easy but assured and clearly come naturally, but the songwriting stands out as well, particularly the beautiful ballads “Cowgirl Souvenir,” “America Walking By” and “The Savage Ways of Man.” Obviously Kopp ought to get out from behind the board more often, because when he does, the results are as superb as they are satisifying.
(Lee Zimmerman, NO DEPRESSION)
"thank you for making such a fine record..."
(Barry Marshall-Everitt, House of Mercy Radio. London UK)
"a fantastic duo offering so good songs, wonderful vocals and arrangements ...and there is such a good band behind them ..there is not a weak song on this album so it has been a real headache to select a reasonnable number of songs to be aired..."
(Mike the Frenchy, ISA radio, Grenoble France)
"Lorrie and Bradley struck gold on this collection of songs for their new cd, A Deep Oasis. Great songs, great vocals, great playing....this all adds up to a great listen".
(Lloyd Maines, Producer, Artist)
“Finally, Mr. and Mrs. Kopp have recorded another one of their own – and it was worth the wait. “A Deep Oasis” is a haunting blend of soul, pop, folk and country, [co] produced by Iain Matthews…. and the resulting work is among the best any of the three has ever created.”
(“Dr. Dave” Stratton, WQBR 99.9fm, PA)
“Whether singing solo or harmonizing, Singer and Kopp’s vocals fit like hand and glove. Add this to wonderful arrangements, stellar guitar playing, clever lyrics and a first rate group of side-men, all roads lead to one great project!”
(Tom Tranchilla, Songwriter’s Studio Radio Show , KPFT 90.1, Houston, TX)
“This record resonates. The words dig in and the hooks are undeniable. It’s a great record and can hold its own with any in the genre. It is truly “a deep oasis”
“A Deep Oasis is that rare thing: a long-gestating labor of love that is also an accessible work of art”
(John T. Davis, Freelance Writer)