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New Tattoo

John CowanAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 13, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pinecastle
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Carla's Got A New Tattoo
2. Love's Like Rain
3. Misery & Happiness
4. Hurting Sure
5. In Bristol Town
6. 6 Red Birds (In A Joshua Tree)
7. Working In The New Mine
8. Back To Your Arms
9. With A Memory Like Mine
10. Tomorrow Morning
11. Drown

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Product Description

As the lead singer of New Grass Revival, über tenor John Cowan always brought an urgency and bold authority to the experimental form his bandmates forged out of bluegrass. So it's no surprise that his versatility carried over to his next ventures, blue-eyed soul and prog-rock, or to his current eponymously named acoustic ensemble, where he's joined by Jeff Autry (guitar), Wayne Benson (mandolin), Shad Cobb (fiddle), and Noam Pikelny (banjo). Their kick-off tune, "Carla's Got a New Tattoo," in which a locomotive rhythm propels Bob Lucas's cheeky lyrics about the cool of body art, recalls the legendary New Grass at their zenith. But the band quickly switches gears to the dark blues of "Misery and Happiness," in which Cowan, powering down his force-of-nature voice to make room for ghostly harmony by Patty Griffin, stunningly evokes the searing pain of redemptive love gone cold. The highlights here are many, and a lot of them bear the stamp of Cowan's friend Darrell Scott, beginning with the spiritual "6 Red Birds (In a Joshua Tree)," which Cowan and Scott wrote together, and segueing to "With a Memory Like Mine," an exquisite song of the crazy-making grief of war (written by Scott and his father, Wayne). But the collaboration that will long stick in the mind is "Drown," a harrowing story song of child molestation. Cowan and Scott (who contributes plaintive piano accompaniment) wrote it together, but it's Cowan's own story of violation, and it's one of the bravest songs of the year. All in all, this is a sterling collection of unusually fine material, delivered in Cowan's trademark ice-and-electricity vocals. --Alanna Nash

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Music - John Cowan's Best Work! June 23, 2006
By Nancy
Format:Audio CD
This is a stunningly beautiful CD, full of love and pain seamlessly interwoven until they culminate in the heart-wrenching "Drown" which I guarantee will bring tears to your eyes and leave its imprint on your memory.

John Cowan has an incredible tenor voice: powerful, sweet and clear, and there are 4 lovely songs that particularly show it off: "Hurting Sure", "Misery and Happiness", "Back To Your Arms", and "Tomorrow Morning".

The virtuoso musicianship of the band members (Jeff Autry on guitar, Noam Pikelney on banjo, Wayne Benson on mandolin, and Luke Bulla and Shad Cobb on fiddles)is featured on every song except "Drown"--fine newgrass musicians who move way beyond bluegrass to bring a very contemporary feel to the CD. "Carla's Got a New Tatoo" will make you giggle and "Working In The New Mine" will leave you breathless. I think the producer, Jay Joyce, has thrown in just enough intriguing ear-catching twists to enhance but not overpower the music.

"Drown" features only John's cowriter Darrell Scott on keyboards and Bryn Bright on cello. This creates a huge shift in consciousness suitable for such an emotional masterpiece and important piece of work.

This is a CD you will want to share and listen to frequently. Anyone who likes John Cowan or liked New Grass Revival will DEFINITELY want it, anyone who has been through or knows anyone who has been through childhood sexual abuse will DEFINITELY be touched and inspired by "Drown", and anyone who likes beautiful acoustic music will DEFINITELY like this CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beats the 2nd album, good song selection September 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I like the return to a little more acoustic sound than on the previous John Cowan CD "Always Take Me Back." That one had some superb novelties, like the Yes and King Crimson covers, but it lacked cohesion, and the original songs were not as good as on John's debut. This one is closer to the New Grass Revival vibe with strong songs throughout and some expert instrumental passages, too. John's cover of The Blue Nile (Tomorrow Morning) is a wonderful choice, and it sheds light on the underrated songwriting of Paul Buchanan. With Sam Bush's recent album "Laps In Seven" also sounding great, these are good times for New Grass Revival fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Pat Lee
Format:Audio CD
Bought it 2 weeks ago on release date and have been listening to it every day since. Still not tired of it. The music is a large heaping dollop of bluegrass (excuse me New Grass)a dash of country with a pinch of southern rock, a bit of gospel, and a little mountain music tossed in, served up with a serious jolt of reality (referencing last cut "Drown").This group is in unison with one another and this Cd reflects their individual awsome talents especially John Cowans incredible vocals. That man can belt a tune in any category from rock to country and everything in between.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bottle this young man's voice and sell it! August 31, 2006
Format:Audio CD
First and foremost, John Cowan's resonating tenor voice would send shock waves through a polar ice cap. The hair on my arms stood up the entire concert. The way the album is mastered, it's one long continuous medley that's over far too quickly. The arrangements are laid out in an order that flows like a river. John mixes styles on this recording that range from blues to southern rock to Celtic soul in a most indelible piece of work. Cow band rocks on this, especially fiddler Shad Cob and mandolinist Wayne Benson. Didn't think it was possible for JC to improve, but he continues to outpace himself. One for the collector's list and posterity. Tattoo transfer was a really cool bonus!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal February 20, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
I can't believe I'm the first to review this album from John Cowan. An amazing album from one of "Newgrass's" best voices. This album packs a punch, covering the emotional gamut from fun to haunting, all the while being very sincere. (The last song 'Drown' is almost too much of a punch...very tough to listen to if you have kids.) I consider this one of the best albums of the new millennium.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genre-bending innovators and adventurists November 23, 2006
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
Playing Time - 46:47

Who They Are: Genre-bending innovators and adventurists

What They Do: Progressive newgrass full of vocal and instrumental pyrotechnics

Little Known Facts: Some of Cowan's early rock and blues bands included Everyday People, The Sky Kings, Duckbutter and Grooveyard.

The Songs: "Carla's Got A New Tattoo" opens the set with barn-burning instrumental work and inspired vocal spunk. The soulful "Misery & Happiness," a lamentation on the bittersweet experience of finding love and losing it, features gorgeous harmony vocals from Patty Griffin. "Working In The New Mine" harkens back to old school bluegrass, with a driving tempo, stellar picking, charged modulation, and acrobatic vocal harmonies. A melodic "Back To Your Arms" and Mark Simos' "Hurting Sure" are modern country masterpieces that would sound right at home on country radio. "In Bristol Town" is a ballad with some old-time Appalachian character. The 6-minute closing track, "Drown," is the most emotional and controversial. It's a disturbing and detailed disclosure about child molestation. Based on personal experience as a seven-year-old survivor, John felt it was a tragic story that needed to be told. Cowan collaborated with Darrell Scott on "Drown" and "Red Birds (In A Joshua Tree)." Darrel and his father (Wayne) penned "With A Memory Like Mine," a sad song of a son returning frm war in a flag-draped casket.

The Musicians: Besides Cow on lead vocals and bass, the band's current lineup is Jeff Autry (guitar, bouzouki), Wayne Benson, (mandolin), Shad Cobb (fiddle), Noam Pikelny (banjo), and Luke Bulla (fiddle, mandolin). All but Pikelny contribute harmony vocals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music that is better than good!
I have long been convinced that most of the best music in Nashville is heard by a small group. It is the kind of music that is seldom is heard on the radio. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bruce Ligon
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosive Ebullience with a capital "E"
Playing Time - 46:47

Who They Are: Genre-bending innovators and adventurists

What They Do: Progressive newgrass full of vocal and instrumental... Read more
Published on August 25, 2012 by J. Ross
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
He was in top form when he sang with the New Grass Revival. This album is not bad, but he is clearly capable of better work.
Published on July 8, 2011 by Blue Ridge Mountains
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I saw John Cowan perform New Tattoo on CMT. I liked the song and listened to clips of the remaining songs. They sounded good so I bought the CD. It was well worth it. Read more
Published on April 2, 2011 by Norman C. Ledonne Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars New Tattoo by John Cowan
This is an outstanding CD by artist John Cowan. I love the entire CD!
Published on November 30, 2009 by Julie Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars DAMN That man can Sing!!!
When I got this new cd is showed me the John Cowan we all remembered from NGR, but it put us into a new direction with several of the songs. Read more
Published on November 3, 2009 by L. J. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars A Band With No Equal
In Dahlonega, Georgia - October 10, 2009 - An amazing, never-to-be-forgotten live music show was performed tonight with so much talent the room could hardly hold the crowd's... Read more
Published on October 10, 2009 by Mar Payton
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best yet
Best work by Cowan yet. No let down from start to finish though the last song "Drown", which deals with the reality of child molestation, seems out of place for this particular... Read more
Published on June 29, 2006 by Christopher Meadows
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