MP3 Brent Hopper - Home to Africa
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8 MP3 Songs
WORLD: Reggae, COUNTRY: Bluegrass
Brent Hopper has a style of fusing reggae and bluegrass with jazz and other forms of instrumental music. His most recent project he played with the Almost Acoustic Band was a fine example of this fusion of styles and influences. AAB consisted of Brent Hopper, Josh Foster, and Billy Gilmore. Each of these musicians had unique qualities and influences to create this groups identity & original sound....
Brent was born in Greensboro,NC in 1979 but was raised in Central Florida from the age of 5. He began playing music at the early age of 6 playing on a piano which was the only instrument in the home at the time. His passion for music grew rapidly and over the next 10 years he played several other instruments including guitar, drums and bass.
In 1995 after moving around frequently Brent left his home and began to pursue his musical career traveling across the country performing many solo/acoustic shows. He met many musicians who introduced him to new styles of music including reggae, bluegrass, jazz, folk, and other forms of acoustic music..... In 1998 he discovered Rastafari and immediatley took to this way of life.... Brent returned to South Florida and met up with Josh Foster and began performing & recording with several different line-ups of musicians including Cosmic Revolution, Crazy Fingers, the Grass Is Dead & the Almost Acoustic Band....
In February of 2002 Brent Hopper, Josh Foster, & Billy Gilmore formed the Almost Acoustic Band, an acoustic roots project that toured the East Coast performing 200 shows in their short 2 years. AAB performed at many festivals including Magnoliafest, Smilefest, Appalachian Uprising, Music In the Mountains, and many other shows & events from Florida to Vermont. AAB played together until April 2004 when they disbanded in pursuit of their individual careers.
In October of 2003 Brent began recording his first solo CD "Home to Africa", a collection of songs Brent and Josh had been writing and performing together since they met in 1998. Home to Africa was released in August 2004 and will be followed by extensive touring supporting the new release.....
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