News & Updates
MARCH 25, 2019 Copper Chief Wins “New Band of the Year” at the 2019 Texas Regional Radio Music Awards
The 2019 Texas Regional Radio Music Awards announced Austin-based band Copper Chief as winners of "New Band of the Year" at the Arlington Music Hall in Arlington, Texas after featuring them as a special guest performance to close their Future Faces Showcase the previous night. In addition to the win Copper Chief performed their heavy-hitting rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," on FOX 4 Good Day Dallas, Monday morning. To stream Copper Chief's performance on FOX 4, click here. The band presented the awards for “Radio Market Personality” and also performed their driving, grit-and-gospel rocker “Muddy Water” to close the awards ceremony.
"Last night was amazing," stated Mike Valliere (vocals/guitar), "This is the first award we have ever won. We are ecstatic with how the Texas music community has embraced us and humbled to have been nominated with so many talented artists that we have grown up with. To be able to close out the show at the end of the night was the icing on the cake."
Recently featured as a fan favorite on USA Network's country music showcase series, "Real Country," Copper Chief also made their SXSW debut this year and will be continuing the momentum as they head out on tour with country legends, Travis Tritt and Marshall Tucker Band. You can also check out Copper Chief at the 2019 Stagecoach Festival.
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DECEMBER 13, 2018 New Song Releases!
We recorded a full-length studio track of our version of Dolly Parton's "Jolene", along with Waylon’s “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” and Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinkin’”, available NOW! We had so much fun on Real Country and are thrilled to have the opportunity share our take on these songs! “Jolene” is especially exciting for us due to the fact that we’ve been performing it this way together since the start of Copper Chief! Find them all on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon.com, & YouTube! #hailtothechief #dollyisqueen#realcountrytv
DECEMBER 12, 2018 “Real Country” Finale
We had an absolute blast throughout the whole Real Country process and are so thankful for the opportunity to share a part of ourselves with so many of y'all. We're also grateful for all of the new friends, connections, and lasting bonds we made during our time in Nashville and throughout the airing. So humbled to have had Travis Tritt on our side and for the awesome encouragement from Jake Owen and Shania Twain. We feel like winners enough just having had the experience and all of your support. Congratulations on a job well done to Jaida Dreyer, all our fellow artists, and the crew. It was an honor. As for now, come find us, because true to our word we're just gonna keep on Chiefin'. We hope you enjoy some of these photos from our time there! Love y'all - CC
NOVEMBER 13, 2018
COPPER CHIEF ADVANCES TO “REAL COUNTRY” SEASON FINALE
We are humbled to have won the first episode of USA Network’s Real Country! It was an honor to share the stage with Adairs Run and The Young Fables for our episode along with all the other acts to come throughout the season. We were chosen to advance from the first round by live studio audience vote and then selected as the winners of our episode by a joint live studio audience vote and weighted vote from prominent country act Big & Rich. This win secures us a spot on the season finale (12/11/18), a cash prize, and a slot to play acclaimed country music event Stagecoach Festival in April, 2019! Words cannot express how excited we are for this opportunity and we’d like to thank everyone for all of the support! The next several months will no doubt play an instrumental role in the future of Copper Chief, so keep spreading the good word out there! Work hard, be nice, love each other, and we’ll take care of the rest! You can watch our post-win interview embedded here and also view the FULL EPISODE ONLINE!
We are excited to announce that we will be appearing on the very first season of REAL COUNTRY on USA Network! Tune in November 13 to see what happens! The show features 21 up and coming acts alongside Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, and Jake Owen. Copper Chief is proud to be one of Travis’s picks in the competition! #hailtothechief #realcountry #teamtravis #usanetwork
PARTNERSHIP WITH PRS GUITARS
We are proud to announce Copper Chief’s partnership with PRS Guitars! Rio and Justin are now sponsored musicians with Paul Reed Smith Guitars and are proud to play their new instruments. Rio is sporting the new ivory Silver Sky and Justin is outfitted with black on black of their SE Kestral Bass.
Teaming Up With Pro Analog Devices For Beta Testing New Pedals
“I'm proud to be a part of the ProAnalog Devices family, and I'm looking forward to the future and what it holds. The pedal isn't out yet, but go get one when it is if you care about your tone.” - Rio Tripiano
Our own lead guitarist Rio Tripiano is now working with Pro Analog testing new products and pedals!
“I can't say enough about how badass the Manticore Version 2 is, and how proud I am to be one of the beta testers for its production. Scotty Smith over at Pro Analog Devices sent me this thing and it definitely passes the test. It sounds badass alone in a room, and it sounds badass on stage in a band setting. It can transparent drive, it can boost, it can Dumble, it can tube screamer, it can metal, it can country, it can blues, it can ROCK! It's my new favorite pedal and it's going to be always on, AND always on my board for as long as I'm playing.”
June 15, 2018 - "Jericho" Music Video Release
We had a blast partying and playing under the Texas stars for all of our local friends and family at one of our favorite places in the heart of our capitol city. We wanted this video to represent a snapshot in time at a Copper Chief show. We filmed in February 2018 and are happy some of our local friends and family got to join us for it! Special thanks to Brett Berry and the Rustic Tap staff, Clinton Cates with Hydropros IV Hydration, Bobby Texas with Texas Homegrown Radio, and everyone who came out to be a part of it! #hailtothechief #jericho
We were thrilled to be a part of KOKE FM's Dillo Mixer during Austin's South by Southwest Festival this year. The showcase was held at Cooper's BBQ and featured an afternoon's worth of music and bbq, including sets by our friends Folk Family Revival and Prophets & Outlaws! Here's a video of us playing our track "Faster Than The Flame" during our time slot! #sxsw
February 18, 2018
We had a great time playing the 106.9 Ranch Roadhouse Live with Carey Dean on Feb 18th at the Rockett Cafe and Club! We were joined by Jeff Grossman of Saints Eleven and Two Gun Hattie. Great time with great people and we can't wait to see our 106.9 The Ranch friends again!
TEXAS MUSIC PICKERS' - TEXAS MUSIC SEMINAR & AFTERPARTY
After an awesome day full of information and great speakers, it was fun to play a little music at the Official Afterparty at the Tap in College Station, TX alongside some other great talent. We learned as much as our heads could hold and got to meet plenty of new friends! We love the folks over there at TMP and their dedication to the music and the scene!
Check em out at TEXAS MUSIC PICKERS!
Dec. 10, 2017
BUCK FUFFALO'S FAMILY CHRISTMAS
It was our honor to be a part of the song swap at T-Bird's Garage Pub out on Melody Mountain Ranch! We got to share the stage with some new friends, James Cook and Phil Hamilton during our round. Including raffles, ticket sales, and silent auction on donated merch and other packages, the night raised over $3000 for the Stephenville Area Foster Home!
NOVEMBER 2017 - It's been a wild month!
DEBUT ALBUM "COPPER CHIEF" RELEASES 12/1/2017!
We are so excited to announce the release of our debut album, "COPPER CHIEF". It will be available for purchase in our website store along with most digital distributors online for downloads on 12/1/2017! We have been working fervently to bring this project to life so that we could share it with you. "COPPER CHIEF" is 14 full length tracks and 1 instrumental of everything that makes up this band. A little rock'n'roll, a little country, a little swamp, a little psychedelic, a little roots, a little blues, and a whole lot of chutzpah.
We are one of 18 artists chosen to play at the December 12th, Texas Music Pickers Texas Music Seminar After Party at The Tap in College Station! Show starts at 7pm and we're looking forward to it!
There's still a few seminar tickets left at:
After Party Lineup also includes:
Jon Stork, Jeff Grossman, Holly Tucker, Gary Kyle, Drake Hayes, Gio Yanez, Jack Barksdale, Stewart Ray, Chris Colston, Zac Clifton, Matt Castillo, Rod Melancon, Morgan Dyer, Debbie Glenn, Will Carter, Donice Morace, and Jake Bush.
"DOWN TO THE RIVER" - MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE
We teamed up with our friend Scott Morgan of River Man Productions to create this music video for our song "Down to the River", off of our debut, self-titled album. We had a blast filming at some of our favorite places along River Road outside of New Braunfels, Tx. Thanks to River Road IceHouse, Lonestar Float House, Gypsy River Resort in New Braunfels and The Chuggin' Monkey in Austin.
We hope you enjoy the ride! This video is about as fun as it gets! Make sure to click that like button and share with your friends if you enjoy it! #hailtothechief
NOVEMBER 17, 2017
We had a great time playing our debut at historic Gruene Hall with our buddies in William Clark Green! Thanks to all that joined us for this special night, and hopefully the first of more to come! We love ya!
DON'T STIFLE ME PODCAST
We joined our good buddy Jacob Stiefel on his podcast, "Don't Stifle Me" before our show at Floore's Country Store this month. It's quite the lively conversation as we cover our history as a band along with other topics. It is entertaining to say the least for both fans of Copper Chief as well as those who are not quite acquainted with us yet. Stay tuned until the very end for some late night jamming that Jacob captured once we returned after the show!
Subscribe/Listen on iTunes Podcast app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dont-stifle- me-
Subscribe/Listen on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCct5KbZpf1jgaQI8hwljvtw
Listen & more info at: www.dontstifleme.com/020
LULING WATERMELON THUMP
We are proud to announce that we were selected from the Watermelon Jam line-up to share the stage with Ronnie Milsap and Diamond Rio at this year's 64th Annual Luling Watermelon Thump! We will be opening the Saturday night show on June 24th and can't wait for what is sure to be an aweomse day and night of festivities and great music. The Thump is a festival in downtown Luling revolving around all things watermelon complete with food and drink, craft vendors, midway carnival, and much more! Take a little getaway and come join us for a truly Texan experience at the Watermelon Thump!
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!: 2017 Watermelon Thump - Saturday Tickets
HEADED TO FINALS: LJT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE
Copper Chief has placed 1st on our pre-lim night and advanced to the FINAL ROUND of the 5th Annual LJT Songwriter Showcase competition!
If we succeed in winning the finals, we will perform an acoustic set on the Allsup's stage during LJT's Texas Music Festival 2017 AND will receive a free trip on our 2018 Coastin’ & Cruisin’ Songwriter’s Cruise as a member of the line up!
If you'd like to come cheer us on, the finals will be held Mon. April 17:
T-Bird's Garage Pub, Melody Mountain Ranch, Stephenville, TX
1290 Private Road 707
Stephenville, TX 76401
FINALIST IN 2017's WATERMELON JAM
Copper Chief has made the cut to be one out of ten finalists in this years Watermelon Jam Battle of the Bands for the opportunity to play Saturday night at this year's Luling Watermelon Thump alongside Diamond Rio and another unanounced special guest artist.
We'd love for you to be a part of it and help us out with the "crowd response" portion of the judging! Saturday April 22, 3:30pm-12:30am.
Our set is at 4:15pm! Tickets available at www.outhousetickets.com
DEBUT ALBUM COMING SOON
We're very close to starting the online pre-order for our as-yet untitled debut effort. Shooting for a summer release so we can share this full length album with all of you! Keep spreading the good word and keep an eye out for the pre-order! We're going to need all the help we can get and we're humbled you believe in us! #workhardbenice #hailtothechief