A few years back, Eric Brace was a music writer at The Washington Post. He also was busy with his band Last Train Home, and whenever they'd put out a CD, he'd mail one down to Peter Cooper, the music critic for Nashville's newspaper, The Tennessean. Peter had some very nice things to say about Eric's band. One day when Last Train Home was playing a gig in Nashville, the two writers finally met. They had a drink they talked, they compared notes. Peter admitted he wrote songs too. He picked up a guitar and played a few and Eric decided that Peter was one of the best songwriters he'd ever met. A couple of years later, Eric had up and moved to Nashville with his band, and spent a lot of his spare time hanging out with Peter. They'd strum their tunes and work out harmonies and they finally decided that they should play in front of real live human beings instead wasting all that fine music on Peter's two miniature dachshunds. Since early 2008, they've been an honest-to-goodness duo, forcing audiences to listen in as they trade songs, swap lead and harmony vocals, and generally amuse themselves. They've taken it on the road to Alaska, Holland, Germany, the UK, and have taken it into the studio twice now. Their first, "You Don't Have to Like Them Both," is equal parts heartache, humor, storytelling, and impressionistic musical sketches, out on Eric's label Red Beet Records. Eric and Peter's follow-up, "Master Sessions," featuring dobro ace Mike Auldridge and steel guitar legend Lloyd Green, is out this month.
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