Andy Cowan



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(FRANK DAVIDSON - Relix Magazine, New York.  December - January 2002. )

On a cold, wet and wintry Friday night in a small pub halfway between Melbourne and Sydney, Australian Blues pianist Andy Cowan, gave the small and enthusiastic crowd more than adequate justification for braving the elements. Backed by his trusty Yamaha keyboard and his well-worn Blundstone boots acting as a percussion accompaniment, Cowan galvanized the crowd.

His piano style shows influences from Leon Russell to Dr. John to both the Fats: Domino and Waller. He also draws forth sounds one wouldn't expect from an electric piano. Categories aside, Andy Cowan is as comfortable with a blues-drenched standard like "Losin' Hand" as he is with his rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing", both of which were on the setlist this evening.

Cowan opened with "Finger Talking" from his critically acclaimed first CD, "Train I'm On". As one might expect the energy of the song and his distinctive vocal styling made after-dinner conversation a thing of the past. A major strength for Andy Cowan is his compositional skills and the next few songs taken from his latest CD, "10:30 Thursdays", "Higher Love" and "Never Look Back" showed the maturity of the performer. Andy mentioned prior to the show that a recent break-up gave him plenty of material for this release, and judging by the emotion he showed during the original compostition, "Trouble", the torch still burns brightly for his former partner. Other bright moments included a rollicking Fats Domino standard, "Rain is Falling", his interpretation of Tom Wait's "Jersey Girl" and Bob Dylan's "Well Well Well".

Following three encores, Cowan left the stage as an early morning start for the next gig in Sydney beckoned, but this crowd was well-catered for with this evening from this passionate performer.

(FRANK DAVIDSON - Relix Magazine, New York.  , December - January 2002. )

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