John Cowan Band: Saturday, November 3, 2012
John Cowan is considered to be one of the ultimate musical innovators; his ability to move easily between music styles and blend 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 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 band mates Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, and Pat Flynn introduced a new generation of music fans to a charged, experimental brand of bluegrass. After entertaining fans for nearly two decades, New Grass disbanded in 1990 and Cowan immediately pursued his creative muse with a series of critically acclaimed albums. The Evansville, Indiana-native explored tunes that ran the gamut from rock to souls to blues and beyond however, as the 21st century began, Cowan found himself slowly returning back to the acoustic music that he knew so well. He surrounded himself with some of the best acoustic musicians working. When the current line-up of his band, Jeff Autry (guitar), Shad Cobb (fiddle), and John Frazier (mandolin), came together, the music began to take a natural, organic turn back to Cowan’s acoustic roots. On his latest release, New Tattoo, fans can hear eclectic mix and blend of styles and Cowan’s willingness to bare even the most private recesses of his soul. New Tattoo is a bold and notable statement from one of the most important voices working in American music.