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Focus On: John Cowan Band

Emerging from the wilds of Evansville, Indiana, John Cowan moved to Nashville and was quickly becoming an in-demand session vocalist when he was snatched up to fill a space as a bassist/vocalist in the soon to be legendary New Grass Revival, taking the stage alongside Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Pat Flynn. The group took roots music to a new level, stretching the boundaries of bluegrass and pulling it into the emerging Hot Country genre.

The members of NGR went their separate ways in 1990 and Cowan redefined himself as a solo artist and guest voice on albums from a variety of Country artists. After landing at Sugar Hill Records late in the decade, Cowan returned to the more acoustic sounds of trad-inspired music. For New Tattoo (out on Pinecastle Records), Cowan pulled together a new band that includes youngsters and veterans, cut his flowing locks, and headed out on the road. His new songs are a collection of powerful and personal songs that give voice to topics such as the difficulty of maintaining relationships and child molestation (drawn from his personal experiences). His traveling band for the Spring/Summer 2007 tour was Jeff Autry (guitar), Shad Cobb (fiddle) and Tony Wray (banjo).

This concert was recorded live at the Kent Stage on July 6, 2007 by contributing producer Craig Adams.


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John Cowan on Woodsongs performing "Carla's Got a New Tattoo"


New Tattoo
  (2006, Pinecastle)


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