As we near prime season for highly regarded music festivals and tours, 2012 will see the triumphant return of one of the Lonestar State’s most acclaimed country music bands, Cooder Graw. The reunion tour will kick off at the legendary 24th Annual Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival in Stephenville, Texas on April 28th. For eight solid years Cooder Graw was one of the top drawing acts on the touring circuit with a live show that exploded off the stage, grabbed you by the shoulders and shook you with an authority that left you giddy with excitement. Leaving in their wake a loyal fanbase reaching from the south central states to the Colorado River Basin, and even down into Mexico, their special brand of in-your-face, loud country music is something that has been sadly missed for five long years. The reunion tour will hit select cities throughout Texas through the fall and will feature original members Matt Martindale on vocals, Paul Baker on bass, Kelly Turner on lead guitar, Kelly Test on drums and Jon “Fish” Hunt on guitar/mandolin/backing vocals. Cooder Graw fans will most definitely remember Jimmy Url (pedal steel) who ceremoniously greeted every audience with the “Vulcan Wave.” In an on going joke the band wished him a happy birthday at each performance. Despite recent health issues, it is quite possible that Jimmy Url will be making his way on stage for selected Cooder Graw shows. Another original member of the band, Nick Worley, now of Jason Boland and The Stragglers, will join in on fiddle and mandolin at selected shows. In commemoration, a special edition compilation CD/DVD will be available to fans online and at live shows that will feature a handful of songs from each of their six previous albums, a new track and a video of their 2006 farewell show in Ft. Worth. For tickets to the debut performance visit www.larryjoetaylor.com.