John Cowan

John Cowan

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by John Cowan
     
 

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, theSee more details below

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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

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2000
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891390727
catalogNumber:
3907

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Cowan   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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