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Austin music advocate has enjoyed a colorful life

August 29, 2014 • Entertainment


ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 30-31 – In this photo taken on Aug. 14, 2014, Nancy Coplin, right, poses for a portrait with blues musician, Paul Oscher, left, before a performance at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — “My brain is like a popcorn popper,” Nancy Coplin says. “Ideas just — poink! — pop up.”

Considering Coplin’s colorful history, no wonder her head spins.

A brassy bundle of compressed energy, Coplin married a worldly Dallas music promoter at age 19; started freshman orientation at the University of Texas on the day of the Tower shootings; later booked movies in New Orleans; sold industrial chemicals for years in the oil patches of Louisiana and Texas; wrote and sang “not terribly wonderful songs” in Austin; chaired the city’s first music commission; lost everything in the 1998 flood; and — capping her career as an industry insider — booked more than 7,000 acts as the music coordinator at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport from 1999 to 2013.

Now “retired,” Coplin currently serves as a music consultant for other cities’ airports; books music for the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar; manages bluesman Paul Oscher; works closely with TuneGo.com, an online platform for career development in music; buys talent for the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort’s songwriter series; and sells vintage music posters on the side.

“I’m not finished yet,” she is fond of saying. “There’s another thing .”

With Coplin, there’s always another thing.

Nancy Coplin, 66, was born in Saginaw, Mich., but grew up in North Dallas.

Her father, Frank Weiss, was a merchandise manager whose father worked for Henry Ford in Detroit. Coplin’s mother, Sally Weller Weiss, was a homemaker whose father, a defense lawyer, reputedly represented the “Purple Gang” of Jewish bootleggers in Detroit.

An unapologetic Texas tomboy, Coplin played football with the neighbors, climbed trees and explored wilderness areas. Login to read more

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