This quartet of seasoned Front Range musicians plays a high energy mix of rockabilly, hillbilly, rhythm and blues and traditional country styles. As recording artists they bring a generous portion of exciting original songs to their shows, all with a distinctly American feel. Their live show is a raucous blend of tight instrumental and vocal virtuosity laced with an unpretentious, playful sense of humor. They bring a smile to their audience and use their polished sound and tongue and cheek spontaneity to produce a fun experience for all.
Front man, singer and songwriter Les Cooper is the tip of the spear. He brings wit and charm to the show along with his strong lead vocals and solid rhythm guitar. He loves to interact with the audience and pull them in with relaxed and spontaneous humor. His song writing is smart, clever and fun.
Lead guitarist, Dave Devore amazes audiences with his tasteful and jaw dropping skill. His guitar adds a fascinating counterpoint to Les’ powerful melodies. Dave is truly among the best honkey-tonk guitarists in Colorado.
Upright bassist, Mark Verschoor energizes the sound with powerful bass work and a slapping style that drives the band forward. His playing is the epitome of rockabilly bass and his showmanship on stage adds a visual effect that must be seen to be appreciated.
Drummer, Ken Raikes is the engine under the hot rod hood. His drumming is precise and brings a jazzy swing to the music that helps make the Chicken Plucker sound unique among rockabilly bands.
The four players all sing together to create rich and satisfying vocal harmonies.
The origin of Coop and the Chicken Pluckers began in 1994 when Les Cooper and Dave DeVore joined forces as members of the much lauded and very successful Denver based honky tonk/western swing band, The Dalhart Imperials. Les and Dave have been friends and musical collaborators ever since.
In 2009 tragedy struck the Dalharts when the band’s drummer was in a temporarily debilitating motorcycle crash. In order to fulfill an ample schedule of commitments, Les called upon the drumming talents of his neighbor, Ken Raikes. Though Les had never heard Ken play drums, he knew that Ken had been actively involved as a Reno/Tahoe headline orchestra player and public school band director and decided to take a chance on Ken’s abilities. The gamble paid off. Ken helped the Dalharts get through the crisis and not long after, Les, Dave and Ken teamed up to start a new project. The project took a few years to get off the ground for lack of a suitable bass player. Eventually, Les met a recent newcomer to the Colorado music scene, upright bassist Mark Verschoor who had recently left his homeland of the Netherlands to be a part of the American music scene. Mark’s love of American roots music and exceptional musical skill was the catalyst that brought about the birth of the band now called Coop and the Chicken Pluckers.
These four individuals share three things in common, long years’ experience as professional musicians, a deep commitment to high quality musicianship and an easy friendship among themselves. Coop and the Chicken Pluckers have been making music in their current lineup for over five years and they seem to be just getting started. Along with a busy performing schedule, Coop and the Chicken Pluckers spend time in the recording studio producing exciting original music.