Coop & the Chicken Pluckers play a mix of rockabilly, hillbilly, rhythm and blues, and traditional and alt-country. They play covers as well as originals.
Coop & the Chicken Pluckers are: Dave Devore on lead guitar and vocals; Les Cooper on songwriting, vocals and rhythm guitar; Ken Raikes on drums; Mark Verschoor on upright bass and vocals.
Cooper and Devore met on June 15, 1994, at a tryout for a then-unnamed honky-tonk western swing group that was later named the Dalhart Imperials. The two played for the group for 13 and eight years, respectively, joined at times by Raikes subbing in on drums.
After the dissolution of Dalhart Imperials, Cooper, Devore and Raikes were looking to put together a new group with a less traditional sound, which came together with the addition of Verschoorâs rockabilly chops on bass. Their first show as Coop & the Chicken Pluckers was an opening spot for the Lucky Few at the Skylark Lounge in Denver in March of 2011.
Coop & the Chicken Pluckers play mostly rockabilly, but there is a dose of other music that they love. Originals are written by Cooper, and the band is known to cover music by such artists as George Jones, Big Joe Turner, Elvis, Skeets McDonald, Ronnie Dawson and Justin Townes Earle.
Their 2014 album, "Pluck You," was recorded at Swingfingers Studio in Fort Collins and released at the Oriental Theater in Denver with support from the Bellfuries of Austin, Texas.