Alexander McCowan

Alexander McCowan

 Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Biography

Alexander McCowan (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada).

"In oblivion, all is one and equal."

And so begins the epic and memorable 'Present Times', the second album from 6'5" singer/songwriter Alexander McCowan. Recorded in the cold winter months of 2012, at the prestigious Private Ear Studios in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 'Present Times' evokes the spirit of the 'eternal moment of now' with catchy, thoughtful California-inspired folk & country music. At the centre, is moustached singer/songwriter Alexander McCowan and his three muses - the acoustic guitar, the weissenborn and the ukulele.

Building upon the successes of his first record 'Thief' (2009), which included national radio play and a 26-date cross-Canada tour, Alexander is back and ready to re-connect with the road. 'Present Times' was released on November 23, 2012 to a sold-out audience at the St. Boniface Museum (built in 1847, it is the oldest standing building in the city of Winnipeg). Already picked up by the local university and college radio stations, 'Present Times' now looks to spread its wings and take off into the ears and hearts of Canadians everywhere.

Predominantly touring solo, Alexander McCowan brings character and content to the role of the singer/songwriter. A fresh and engaging presence, his 'smooth as warm butter' voice and his unique and playful songwriting all contribute to a warm, wholesome experience, which lingers in the minds and souls of his audience.

Now performing.

"4 out of 5 stars...Catchy hooks, relaxed rhythms and thoughtful lyrics permeate Alexander McCowan’s debut album 'Thief'."
- Ian McAmmond, The Uniter, University of Winnipeg

"...reminiscent of Dylan-infused Ben Harper musings"
- Mike Duerksen, The Uniter, University of Winnipeg

"That playfulness is what sets McCowan apart. He is refreshingly witty and clever in his lyrics and style. He has a smooth-as-warm-butter voice and a soulful sound... 'Thief' is a must-listen album."
- Chandra Dupuis, The Projector, Red River College (MB)

Lyrics

The Digger

Written By: Alexander McCowan

monster shadows burnt behind eyelids
lightbulb lemon a stranger to all my friends
a new pollution weighing heavy like a whale bone
so dig your own way out of your hole

i like the sound of you beside me
the moon, the river and the lightning
your touch electrical exciting
the open road and a good sense of timing

jungle hunger heated heart defeated not
wholesome raging with my skeletons in the dark
a dream so lucid a technicolor feature show
so dig your own way out of your hole

i like the sound of you beside me
the moon, the river and the lightning
your touch, electrical exciting
the open road and a good sense of timing
i go in disguisery
like a silhouette shimmers on the highway
its you like a thunder bolt inside me
the open road goes winding winding on

called by the moon, to ride in the waves of the black monsoon
here where i stand, a volatile volcano man
cause i like dynamite and lightning and she's got the diamonds in her eyes
cause i like dynamite and lightning and she's got the diamonds in her eyes
cause i like dynamite and lightning and she's got the diamonds in her eyes
with a good sense of timing
yeah, a good sense of timing
so dig your own way out of your hole
dig your own way out of your hole

Honeybee

Written By: Alexander McCowan

i saw you standing so smooth
illuminated inside this room
i caught your eye like an arrow
a symphony played our tune
i stepped beside your essense where life is just a melody
your sweet lil charms took a hold of me
and yeah you got me spellbound, turned my whole world upsidedown
you've gone to running inside my head

so wear your blue dress now
cause i can't get you out of my mind
we'll go out 'til the morning
cause i can't get you out of my mind
no i can't get you out of my mind

so c'mon lets get together
c'mon lets steal the night away
we'll walk the streets like young lovers
we'll count the stars and call them our own
so yeah, i'm hooked i'm carving those mystic nights of our lovemaking
you sting so sweet like a honeybee
and there you are again, inside my head
you burn my heart again, with those words you said
just to lay beside your essence, baby, life is such a mystery
c'mon sting me my honeybee
and we'll get away from this

so wear your blue dress now
cause i can't get you out of my mind
we'll go out 'til the morning
cause i can't get you out of my mind
no i can't get you out of my mind

c'mon now, lets get to living
c'mon now, feel the rhythm
c'mon lets go

and wear your blue dress now
cause i can't get you out of my mind
we'll go out 'til the morning
cause i can't get you out of my mind
no i can't get you out of my mind

Discography

'PRESENT TIMES' (November 2012)
'THIEF' EP (November 2009)
'THIEF DEMO' (January 2008)
'5 FOR FREE' (July 2006)

CBC Radio 1 89.3FM, 92.9 KICK FM (Red River College), 101.5 UMFM (University of Manitoba), 95.9 FM CKUW (University of Winnipeg), ENVOL 91.1

Set List

'Present Times' Album Release Show
Friday, November 23, 2012

Aloha O'e*
The Way
Nothing Belongs To Me
Portrait Of My Lady
Le Diable Est Dans La Chanson
Everything Is
(Lion On A Mountain In My Heart)
Everpresent
St. Anthony's Feast
Saturn Ion
Juste Comme Jacques Cousteau
Good Times*
My Heart Is Like The Sun
Goodness Blues
Running Like A Bison To You
Honeybee
Honey From The Honeybee

ENCORE BREAK
Tonight, You Belong To Me*
Dancing In The Dark*
Blessing at A Wedding

* indicates a cover song