Photo: Lindsay Patkos / Courtesy of Sacks & Co.

Liz Cooper & The Stampede Showcase Their Irresistible Cosmic Americana on “Fondly & Forever” (premiere)

Cosmic folk rockers Liz Cooper & The Stampede can make you a fan from just a single song and "Fondly & Forever" is just the one to do it.

Liz Cooper & The Stampede possess a unique sound that draws much of its power from Cooper’s rich, sonorous voice. Cooper has a one-of-a-kind voice that doesn’t sound like anyone else; it’s distinctive, emotive, and thoroughly engaging, drawing you right into the song like a massive welcome mat. The group’s music might best be described as cosmic, psychedelic folk rock, but whatever it is, it’s 100% irresistible. Liz Cooper & The Stampede can make you a fan from just a single song and “Fondly & Forever” is just the one to do it.

Twangy guitars lines set against a hazy background, Cooper’s voice lazily gliding through the ether, heavenly little choruses. It’s a perfectly formed tune that further proves the case that Liz Cooper & The Stampede are one of the finest folk rock bands that we have.

Cooper tells PopMatters that “no one has ever bought me flowers and I’m bitter about it—I wrote this song with Michael and Ben Ford (Airpark) about going back and forth in my head and trying not to be pushed around by the toxicity of someone I was crushing on at the time.”

You’ll soon be able to hear a lot more of this group’s music as their debut album, Window Flowers, releases 10 August via Sleepyhead Records. It’s now available for pre-order.


July 20—Sheridan, OR—Wildwood Music Fest

July 22—Seattle, WA—Tractor Tavern*

July 24—Spokane, WA—The Bartlett

July 25—Missoula, MT—Top Hat†

July 27—Butte, MT—Wild West Music Fest

July 29—Davenport, IA—Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel‡

August 18—Columbia, MO—Fortune Fest

August 24—Fishers IN—Nickel Plate Amphitheater††

August 26—Evanston, IL—Out of SPACE: Big Evanston Block Party

August 28—Athens GA—Georgia Theatre**

August 29—Savannah GA—B&D Beer Garden**

August 30—Asheville NC—The Orange Peel**

August 31—Charlotte NC—Neighborhood Theatre**

September 1—Charleston SC—Charleston Music Hall**

September 9—St. Louis, MO—LouFest* with HoneyHoney

† with SUSTO

‡ with Oneida

** with Houndmouth

†† with Houndmouth and Mt. Joy

Call for essays, reviews, interviews, and list features for publication consideration with PopMatters.
Call for essays, reviews, interviews, and list features.