What do people talk about when they talk about the Cowjazz Band?
PRELUDE TO AN AFTERNOON OF FAWNING
The Cowjazz Band has been playing its special blend of music around Houston, Texas as well as other spots around the state since a time long forgot - the Year of Our Lard 1985. I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now and you may have only been a gleam in your father's toothpaste. But what of that? And so, the Inquisitioner asked, how did this all begin? Well Cardinal Biggles, is was like this.
THEIR STORY AS IT WAS WRIT LARGE SO THAT EVEN OLD PEOPLE COULD READ IT
Following so close on the heels of the Orwellian Year of 1984 as to scuff them, we were all relieved that we weren't playing gigs in Oceania and that Big Brother wasn't stealing our lunch money. It was in that year 1985, that a momentous thing happened. While pop music fashionistas developed Pavlovian drools for Depeche Mode, Culture Club and Wang Chung, an alternate musical movement began in The Bayou City when Herman Kluge walked into a gig where Mark Marmon and Geoff Giacco were playing as a duo at The Hungry I. There was an extra guitar, and so a few jams later, the Cowjazz Band was born by natural birth, and thank God, no one asked to keep the placenta. The group was originally called Roulette because it had a revolving cast of characters, but once the music took form, The Cowjazz Band took its name, and they refused to give it back. By then, they had acquired the talents of Michael Crawford, Robert Knetsch, and Steve Candelari.
WHERE'D YOU GET THAT NAME?
The Cowjazz name came from the 1982 Jerry Jeff Walker album (although the term originated with Steve Fromholtz) and means "an eclectic mix of musical styles that defies easy classification". So much of the songlist is based in that Austin Outlaw ethos. Our basic rule is this: if the songwriter has 3 names (Jerry Jeff Walker, Willis Alan Ramsey), we'll cover them. But we also blend in equal parts of Warren Zevon, Michael Franks, Delbert McClinton, Neil Young, Steve Earle and other folks we think highly of.