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Catching Up With Citizen Cope

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Citizen Cope performs at WXPN's Free At Noon Concert - recorded live for this session.
Gabriela Barbieri, WXPN

Citizen Cope performs at WXPN's Free At Noon Concert - recorded live for this session.

I asked Clarence Greenwood what his 8-year-old daughter thought of his job as a professional musician. He said, "When she was really young, she asked one of her mom's friends why do people stop her daddy?" The joys of parenthood.

It's one of many things that's kept Greenwood, better known by his stage name, Citizen Cope, busy over the last seven years. That's the last time he released an album, 2012's One Lovely Day.

Cope has always done things his own way, like abandoning major labels in 2010 to found Rainwater Recordings. His latest release is the curiously-titled Heroin and Helicopters and yes, he'll explain the meaning behind that name. The album contains Cope's signature mix of blues, soul and roots music, along with socially conscious lyrics. We start with a perfect example, a recording of "Justice." Hear it all in the player.

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