Guitarist Kelly Turner was the manager of a manufacturing plant in Slaton, Texas. The band was originally called "Coup de Grâce," but another band was already using that name, so the name was changed to a "Texas-version" of the original name. The band's debut album, Home at the Golden Light, consisted of mostly covers and was self-produced by the band (though executive producer credit is given to Matthew McConaughey, a fraternity brother of Matt Martindale). It was released in 1998. The band's first national release, Cooder Graw was released in late 1999. Cooder Graw has toured extensively throughout Texas and the United States, both headlining and opening for artists such as Willie Nelson and Alabama.
The group also played at the premiere of the film EDtv, which starred McConaughey. In 2006, Cooder Graw announced that they would cease performing together after the end of the year. Their last show was on December 31, 2006, in Fort Worth, Texas. Lead singer Matt Martindale is still performing with his new band, The Matt Martindale Band. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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