Copper Box - Roots

October 1, 2003

The latest CD from the Oshkosh-based band, Copper Box is the most pleasantly engaging music I have heard in a long time. Roots offers a wholesome rush as refreshing as a cool spring breeze bloqing new life into a stuffy room. Copper Box's music is a mix of zydeco and roots rock with a dash of polka. The band's signature is found in the strong but smooth vocals of Danny and Michelle Jerabek, along with Danny's vibrant work with the accordion. The band plays with a relaxed, down-to-earth tightness that invites the listener to join in the fun. The rhythm section of drummer, Jason Van Ryzin, and bassist, David Jerabek, set the song's directions and subtly steer the band through many enjoyable melodic twists and turns. Guitarist, Nate Grier, is one of those musicians who can easily shift from being out front to comfortably blending in with the gang. Songs such as "Zydeco Party" and "Gimme That Oldtyme Music" are bouncy dance numbrs while their jazzy cover of Bobby Womack's "It's All Over Now" sounds like it's coming straight from the halls of a New Orleans club. Whether seriously refledtive or lightly fun, the lyrics move with purpose and passion. Copper Box's catchy songs will play in your head long after the CD player has been turned off. Their live performances, which mix their original material with unique arrangements of well-known covers, are also worth checking out. Info at