- November 29, -0001
Even before John Cowan joined up with Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Pat Flynn to form the legendary New Grass Revival, the Evansville, Indiana-native was building a Nashville reputation as a vocalist. With New Grass, he helped establish a new genre of roots-based acoustic music that tied together the bluegrass of the '50s and '60s with the emerging Top-40 Country movement. After Bush and Fleck left NGR in 1990, Cowan and Flynn also moved on, marking new territory as solo artists. Cowan's powerful voice made him a much in-demand performer as he returned to his country rock beginnings. After moving to the Sugar Hill label in the late '90s, Cowan's focus shifted more to acoustic music with a tradition bent. He formed a new band, changed labels (Pinecastle Records) and is out on the road in support of New Tattoo, a collection of powerful and personal songs produced by Jay Joyce - including "Misery & Happiness" with background vocals from Patty Griffin and "Drown," a song about child molestation that is drawn from Cowan's own experiences. He is out on tour with Jeff Autry (guitar), Shad Cobb (fiddle) and Tony Wray (banjo).
My Time in the Desert
In Bristol Town
John Cowan Interview & In-Studio Performance