Andy Cowan
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Andy Cowan

Camberwell, Victoria, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | MAJOR

Camberwell, Victoria, Australia | MAJOR
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Ed Nimmervoll "Sweet Release" review"

Andy cowan sings and plays like he's been here forever. His voice rasps with the sound of years in smoky bars and clubs. His songs and style reach back into very heart of blues and soul. Despite the didgeridoo in "Voodoo Kind" and other hints of Cowan's Australian background it's just easy to imagine him on stage in Memphis or New Orleans. In essence Andy sits at the piano, pouring his world weary soul into his music, as in the pleading plaintive "Sweet Release". But most of the time he's not alone. He's surrounded by musicians and singers. He's as much Boz Scaggs and Dr John as he is Tom Waites. The arrangements bristle with life. He's here to entertain as much as pour out his emotions. The big thing about this fourth album is that Cowan has written all the songs, and is very much in charge of all the sounds around him. Whether it be wailing guitar, or pulsing horns, or sweet backing vocals, everything is in place for the sake of the total performance, pushing Cowan's blues into a variety of directions. This is a very entertaining record. Cowan shows himself to be a great songwriter and musician. But in the end it's about that soulfully emotional voice at the keyboards, and lyrics that speak of a life filled with experience. - Howlspace


"KILLER STUFF"

When the house is rockin' with the big horn section and Cowan's vocals and keyboards are right out front, this is killer stuff (Jeff Gorfield) - THE AGE ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE


"SIMPLY SUPERB"

"...simply superb leaving you anticipating the next Andy Cowan date (Lee Howard) - SUNDAY HERALD SUN


"PURE CLASS"

"...nothing but pure class"
(Mark Doherty) - RHYTHMS MAGAZINE


"TERRIFIC PRIZE"

"a terrific prize on a foundation of virtuostic piano playing.
(Gary Tippett) - THE AGE


"DEC-JAN 2002"

On a cold wet and wintry Friday night in a pub halfway between Melbourne and Sydney, Australian Blues pianist Andy Cowan, gave an enthusiastic crowd a more than adequate justification for braving the elements. Backed by his well-worn Blundstone boots acting as a percussion accompaniment, Cowan galvanized the crowd.
His piano style shows influences from Leon Russell to Dr John to both the Fats: Domino and Waller. He also draws forth sounds one wouldn't expect from an electric piano. Categories aside, Andy Cowan is as comfortable with a blues- drenched standard like "Losin' Hand" as he is with his rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing", both of which were on the set list this evening.
Cowan opened with "Finger Talkin" from his critically acclaimed first CD, "Train I'm On". As one might expect the energy of the song and his distinctive voice styling made after dinner conversation a thing of the past......................
Following three encores, Cowan left the stage as an early morning start for the next gig in Sydney beckoned, but this crowd was well catered for with this evening from this passionate performer.
(Frank Davidson) - RELIX MAGAZINE, NEW YORK


"TROUBADOUR NIGHTS"

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One of the best from one of our best, Troubadour Nights finds Andy (with and without band) exploring the work of some of his favourite songwriters...........on six of the fourteen tracks Cowan is accompanied only by his own piano. For me, Randy Newman's "Guilty" is an especial favourite, his rolling keys an echo of New Orleans, his weary voice a beguiling mix of humour and pathos.
KEN WILLIAMS - The Age -Melbourne, Australia


Discography

1999 Train I'm On CD
2001 One of these Days CD
2003 10.30 Thursdays CD
2004 Sweet Release CD
2004 Sweet Release-Special Edition Box Set DVD/CD
2004 A Tale of Two Cities DVD ( recorded live in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia)
2006 Troubadour Nights CD
2007 Anthology CD
2009 When the Night Comes In CD

Catalogue available through ABC/Universal Music



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Andy's musical journey began in Melbourne, Australia. Following classical piano studies he began exploring piano improvisation, and absorbing musical influences from rock, soul, blues, jazz and folk artists, and developing his very distinctive eclectic style that has matured with time. 

 A fixture on the Australian music scene, Cowan is known as "King of the Keys". His style massages the soul-blues-R&B idiom in an acoustic jazz format. R&B has always been at the core of Andy's work, but it is the emotional quality of his earthy voice, soulful piano-playing and the diversity he displays as a songwriter and interpreter that have helped make him one of the best live performers in Australia.

 ".....nothing but pure class" Mark Doherty-Rhythms Magazine 

Andy received Blues Album of the Year 2000, Blues Performer of the Year 2001, Male Performer of the Year 2003 and was an ARIA nominee for his "10.30 Thursdays" CD. He was also awarded second place at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, USA in 2002. He has arranged and performed on movies soundtracks including the Australian cult classic "Stone" and has toured internationally and across Australia for four decades.
In the 70's and 80's Cowan was a hired gun for legendary Australian bands, Madder Lake, Ayers Rock, Kevin Borich, Renee Geyer to name but a few.
Since 1998 Cowan has recorded eight CD's and filmed a live DVD at The Basement in Sydney. 

His latest CD "After The Rain" was released December 5, 2014 to rave reviews and is available from:

https://shop.abc.net.au/products/andy-cowan-after-the-rain-cd

https://www.abcmusic.com.au/discography/andy-cowan-after-rain

https://www.facebook.com/andycowanaftertherain 

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