John Cowan

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In full flight, former New Grass Revival lead singer/bassist John Cowan is a force of nature, capable of capturing and changing your heart in the course of a single song. It's no fluke that his first solo album, ten years in the making, is a winner. Bluegrass purists take note, however: JOHN COWAN surveys a broad stylistic base, the better to give the artist's crisp, muscular tenor plenty of turf to roam. Cowan does remain true to the New Grass spirit by rarely settling for the safe, high commercial ground, even though the songs are radio-friendly to the nth degree. The meat of the album comes near the end. When Cowan digs deep into the swamp-country blues of "Mississippi Delta Time," echoes of John Fogerty abound....
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In full flight, former New Grass Revival lead singer/bassist John Cowan is a force of nature, capable of capturing and changing your heart in the course of a single song. It's no fluke that his first solo album, ten years in the making, is a winner. Bluegrass purists take note, however: JOHN COWAN surveys a broad stylistic base, the better to give the artist's crisp, muscular tenor plenty of turf to roam. Cowan does remain true to the New Grass spirit by rarely settling for the safe, high commercial ground, even though the songs are radio-friendly to the nth degree. The meat of the album comes near the end. When Cowan digs deep into the swamp-country blues of "Mississippi Delta Time," echoes of John Fogerty abound. The contemplative "This River," the celebratory love song, "My Heart Will Follow You," and a stark, acoustic version of Merle Travis's chilling "Dark As a Dungeon" each crackle with warmth and energy. Once the fireworks that open the album fall away, Cowan, demonstrating jaw-dropping sensitivity, gets down to the serious business of exploring the nuances of intensely personal lyrics. Bluegrass fans or not, those who appreciate a gifted singer challenging himself and triumphing will find rewards aplenty in JOHN COWAN. David McGee
All Music Guide - Steven E. McDonald
Forget the New Grass Revival connections, the bluegrass and country hooks, and let go of expectations -- John Cowan opens this album up with a defiant roar of a tune driven by electronic drums and batteries of guitars, as well as bass tracks that will make some subwoofers quit under the strain. There are bluegrass and country elements to be had throughout, but Cowan isn't constrained by them -- or constricted by a need to overcome the connections. What has come out of this is a collection of songs steeped in Americana that leaves the listener's head spinning with the changes in direction. It's good work, but not so easy to get used to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2000
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891390727
  • Catalog Number: 3907
  • Sales rank: 266,014

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Cowan Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Sam Bush Mandolin
Karla Bonoff Background Vocals
Ashley Cleveland Background Vocals
Matt Rollings Piano
Wendy Waldman Background Vocals
Danny Tate Background Vocals
Barbara Lamb Fiddle
Larry Atamanuik Drums
Scott Babcock Percussion, Drums
Chad Cromwell Drums
Kenny Edwards Background Vocals
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Byron House Acoustic Bass
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin
Greg Morrow Drums
John Randall Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes Bass
Darrell Scott Bouzouki, Mandolin, Background Vocals
Harry Stinson Background Vocals
Scott Vestal Banjo, Vocals
Reese Wynans Organ, Keyboards
Randy Kohrs Dobro, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Jeff Autry Guitar, Vocals
Jim Hurst Acoustic Guitar
Michael Kelsh Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Wendy Waldman Producer, Liner Notes
Michael Boshears Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
T.J. Zark Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Never Get Tired Of It!

    I've been listening to this CD since it came out, and it's still one of my very favorites! Gorgeous vocals, haunting melodies, intelligent words, beautiful instrumentation. Everything from blues, rock, newgrass, and funk--lots of great originals. I don't know anyone who's bought it who doesn't love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!

    I was never a blue grass fan until I heard John Cowan in concert and then I got this album. The music on the album is as great as the concert. John Cowan is a great talent that many people are missing out on. If you haven't heard him, definitely give this album a try!

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