When Preston Cooper sings, people stop to listen.
That’s because Cooper seems to channel Bob Dylan’s voice and manner.
Uncanny at first listen, his performances are eerily on target. Asheville’s full of buskers who play a mix of originals and cover tunes, but Cooper stands apart in his obsession: With very rare exceptions, he is all Dylan, all the time. And the crowds that gather around him seem satisfied — if sometimes mystified — by the faithfulness of his renditions.
A 21-year-old from Rutherfordton who came to Asheville for college in 2005 but now devotes his energies to playing music, Cooper is catching ears and turning heads. He’s also got people asking: How does he do it? Why does he do it? And does he have any other tricks up his sleeve?
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Click on the image below to watch Cooper perform “Mr. Tambourine Man.”