The Cousin Brothers

The Cousin Brothers


The Cousin Brothers have created their own musical vision -- world domination through power grass. Drawing on influences from Flatt & Scruggs to Van Halen, the CoBros have been thrilling audiences in central Indiana for the last two years.


The Cousin Brothers have blazed their own trail, bringing their unique blend of rocked-up bluegrass and grassed-up rock and country to enthusiastic audiences. Voted Indianapolis' number one country band (and number two folk band) by the readers of Nuvo Magazine, the Cousin Brothers look forward to furthering their goal of world domination through power-grass.

Since their inception in the fall of 2004, The Cousin Brothers have established themselves as a force in the central Indiana music scene. It is their unique blend of bluegrass, rock, country and comedy that has won them the respect of their musical peers and makes their high-energy live show a must-see experience that keeps audiences coming back for more.

In the spring of 2005, founding members Ben Long and Kevin Vickery joined forces with John Bowyer to round out their sound and add a third vocalist. John’s “stunt mandolin” style was the perfect addition to Ben’s banjo rolls and Kevin’s upright bass. Their collaborative vocals incorporate influences ranging from Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Lester Flatt, on the one hand, to Jerry Garcia, Tom Petty and James Hetfield on the other. Later that year, the band added percussionist T.R. Yelton, whose train beats augmented their sound and helped them to take power grass music to a new level. The latest addition the line-up is Dave Bagdade, a veteran bluegrass guitarist and vocalist, giving The Cousin Brothers three solid lead voices and two instrumental soloists.

The Cousin Brothers' first studio project, entitled $200 Demo, is an eleven-song tribute to the group’s influences in rock and roll and country with “grassed up” remakes of such songs as Nine Inch Nails’ "Closer," Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and Skid Row’s "I Remember You," alongside more traditional bluegrass material. Rounding out the album is an original track entitled “Pre-op Tranny", a comedic look at an uncle going through a sex change. Since the release of $200 Demo, The Cousin Brothers have focused on writing new material for their forthcoming original CD.

In 2006, the band completed its second recording, a 2-song CD single entitled "What a Rack," with all proceeds going to raise money for breast cancer related charities.

Since September 2006, The Cousin Brothers have made weekly appearances on the Stuck n Gunner show on X103, WRZX-FM, to perform their original material as well as a weekly Colts rally song during the 2006 football season. Tracks from these appearances, as well as some newly-recorded studio versions, are currently available for purchase via download at The Cousin Brothers will once again grace the airwaves during the 2007 Colts season, hopefully urging the team on to another Super Bowl win.


LP: $200 Demo, self-released, 2005
EP: What A Rack, self-released, 2006
Various singles: for sale at

Set List

The Cousin Brothers' set list will vary depending on the venue. The band has enough material to perform four hour-long sets. The material consists in part of originals; rock and country covers (including grassed-up selections from Poison, Nine Inch Nails, Skid Row, Flock of Seagulls, and others); and traditionally-oriented bluegrass and country songs (ranging from Flatt & Scruggs and Johnny Cash to Steve Earle and Chris Knight). Much of the selections allow the band to show off its sense of humor. While some of the material is somewhat off-color, The Cousin Brothers have more than enough family-friendly songs to be appropriate for any venue, from nightclubs to festivals to private events.