Liz Cooper & The Stampede trotting into San Diego for Casbah show


Given that Liz Cooper & The Stampede hail from Nashville, it wouldn’t be surprising if they played hard-driving country-music with a proudly neo-traditional focus.

Instead, Cooper and her group specialize in a brand of psychedelic folk-rock that is by turns lilting and swirling, especially on jam-happy songs like “Outer Space” and “Dalai Lama.”

What results at times sounds like it could have come straight out of the late 1960s or early 1970s, with nods to such Bay Area bands as Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Kak and the recently reunited Ace of Cups.

Maryland native Cooper handles lead vocals and guitars with admirable conviction and gets able support from bassist Grant Pettyman and drummer Ryan Usher.

Given more time to build on their influences, the three should be able to develop their music into a truly distinctive blend.

Liz Cooper & The Stampede, with Briston Maroney and Dani Bell & The Tarantist

9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown. $12 advance; $14 at the door; must be 21 or older to attend. (619) 232-4355.