The Mangum Rattlesnake Derby is proud to announce that the JC Hopkins Band will be performing live during this year’s event.
Jc Hopkins has been making a strong mark on the Oklahoma and Texas music scene for the last 5 years with his own brand of red dirt country and southern rock. With a live show that includes his own original music and covers, Jc has spent the last 7 years honing his on stage skills and craft. He has quickly become in demand around the region, and has a growing legion of fans.
Jc was born in Pocahontas, Arkansas and raised in Rockford, Illinois.
“I grew up around music. My dad was always my number one influence. He taught me to play guitar when I was 13.”
But music wasn’t Jc’s first calling. Like his musical hero, Chris Ledoux, Jc was drawn into the rodeo life, and spent 15 years riding saddle bronc horses.
Jc started playing solo bar gigs in 2005.
“I had always played guitar and sang as a past time. Then after I quit rodeoing, a friend called me and said a local bar wanted someone to come play, so I went down, played 4 hours, and that’s how it all started.”
In 2006, a friend from Oklahoma invited Jc down to the Grape Ranch Red Dirt Music Festival in Okemah. That weekend trip helped to shape his future. After returning to Okemah in 2007, and before a crowd of fans and with a backstage crowded with names like Jason Boland, Stoney Larue, the Red Dirt Rangers, Bob Childers and Tom Skinner, Jc won the open mic song writers competition.
Inspired by the red dirt scene and sound, Jc moved to Oklahoma and set out to become a part of the local scene in 2007. It wasn’t easy becoming accepted as the “yankee” moving in. However in a short time, Jc had made his mark and was turning heads as one of THE singer/song writers in the scene. His first band, Jc Hopkins and The Dead CowBoys, won the fan based voting competition, Oklahoma Rising Star in 2008, and sky rocketed to popularity getting to open for such names as Jason Boland, Mike McClure, and Jackson Taylor. They also received calls to open for such Nashville acts as Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, and Lorrie Morgan.
Jc has since assembled a new band and picked up right where they had left off. His songs are pure life, raw, emotional and remiscent. With an acoustic show that’ll have you laughing, crying, two stepping and moshing all in one show, he lays it all out in front of you. Honestly.
- Cliff Doyle