The John Cowan Band

The John Cowan Band

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Bluegrass, Newgrass, Rock N’ Rollgrass. True innovators defy easy categorization and John Cowan is the ultimate innovator. His ability to move easily between music styles and blend and bend genres has made him one of the most significant voices in acoustic music over the past thirty years.

Biography

Bluegrass. Newgrass. Rock N’ Rollgrass. True innovators defy easy categorization and John
Cowan is the ultimate innovator. His ability to move easily between music styles and blend and
bend genres into creative new forms has made him one of the most significant voices in acoustic
music over the past thirty years.
After making a name for himself as one of the most in-demand vocalists in the early 1970s’
music scene in Louisville, Ky., Cowan rose to fame when he became the lead singer for New
Grass Revival. He and bandmates Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Pat Flynn introduced a new
generation of music fans to an explosive, experimental brand of bluegrass.
After inspiring and entertaining fans for nearly two decades, New Grass disbanded in 1990.
Cowan immediately gave chase to his creative muse following it all over the musical landscape
with a series of critically acclaimed albums. The Evansville, Indiana-native wrapped his
expansive voice around tunes that ran the gamut from rock to soul to blues and beyond. As the
21st century began he found himself circling slowly, inexorably back to the acoustic music that
he knew so well. He began to surround himself with some of the finest acoustic musicians
working.
When the current line-up of his band, Jeff Autry (guitar), Shad Cobb (fiddle) and Tony Wray (banjo), came together, he knew he was on to something special. The
music began to take a natural, organic turn back to Cowan’s acoustic roots.
The response may be overwhelming, but it shouldn’t be unexpected. Fans are hungry for the
inventive experimentation and world-class musicianship that New Grass Revival offered. There
haven’t been many bands capable of carrying the torch that NGR lit. Cowan, for one, thinks he
knows why.
“It’s pretty darn difficult what we were up to back then,” he says. “We weren’t really playing
bluegrass. We were playing contemporary music on traditional instruments. Our vision was to
take acoustic music somewhere new. This incarnation of my band is the first time since New
Grass that I’ve felt we could get back to that special place and make magic happen.”

Discography

New Tattoo
Always Take me Back
John Cowan