“It’s hot, jazzy and has a drawl!” –San Francisco Chronicle
Mix swingin’ grooves, thrilling riffs, sweet and hot vocals, western sensibilities and tons of fun and you have only begun to describe Cow Bop. Formed in 2003 by internationally-acclaimed guitarist Bruce Forman, the cowboy jazz and western bebop band has toured extensively throughout the world, exciting audiences with their unique brand of music.
Recently inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame (2014), the band’s collective experience crosses the spectrum of American music, from the hottest jazz and the coolest swing to the fiercest down-home honky-tonk. Comfortable in diverse settings, from Carnegie Hall to roadside taverns, the band always hits the stage with an electrifying and entertaining assortment of music and frolic. Along with Bruce Forman on guitar, the band features Pinto Pammy on vocals, whose talent and experiences range from big band swing, old-time country and musical theater, and mutli-instrumentalist David Wise, whose sax and trumpet playing takes you from the streets of New Orleans to the wildest sounds found on range or asphalt. Put that on top of a rhythm section of Tino Tafarella, bass, and Ryan McDiarmid, drums, that are as swingin’ and rockin’ as rodeo bronc but as sure-footed as a prized pack mule and you get Cow Bop.
In 2004, Cow Bop won the Route 66 Challenge, traveling the length of the storied road having departed with a mere $100 and no scheduled gigs. Their debut CD, Swingin’ Out West, released in 2004, charted in four separate genres. Since then, Route 66, Too Hick for the Room and their newest CD: Cowlifornia Swing, have delighted fans and critics around the world. The recordings feature songs and musicians from across the wide spectrum of the American musical palette.
Along with numerous appearances at esteemed nightclubs and concert venues throughout the world, Cow Bop has been featured at the Montreal & Monterey Jazz Festivals, the Sisters Folk Festival, as well as the Elko, Heber City, Monterey and Santa Clarita Cowboy Gatherings. For an extra treat, check out Bruce’s guitar work featured in Clint Eastwood’s films, including the Academy-Award winning Million Dollar Baby.
“They put some scoobie-doo in their wahoo!”
Wylie Gustafson, of Wylie & The Wild West
“These guys cook! The most fun you can have with your spurs on!”
Herb Jeffries, Mr. Flamingo, The Bronze Buckaroo
Count Basie on horseback!” Tulsa World
“As a card carrying member of the jazz elite I had my doubts but found this to be one of the most entertaining and well thought out musical projects I have heard in some time!”
Brent Black, Digital Jazz Reviews
“Glad to hear that Bruce’s latent cowboy tendencies have finally come out of the tack room!” Peter Coyote, actor
“Cow Bop’s stagecoach is a leavin’! Be under it!” Gabby Hayes
“I think Cow Bop is the best CD I’ve listened all my life. Cow Bop is the best at musik, well at least that I’v herd.” Joseph, second grade student, Pioneer School, Pioneer, CA
“You guys have a bunch of science geeks crazy about you. We listen to the Cow Bop CD all the time, especially when we are cloning bacterial DNA!” Jim Bonacum, Biologist, Univ. of Illinois
“Taking it all one step further, Cow Bop has a gutsy irreverence that makes straying from the original tunes an exciting adventure in every groove. Western Swing, bebop and flat-out jazz are tossed together with a sassy delivery, breakneck instrumental work, and sultry vocals that conjure images of big band days.” Mario Lalli, concert promoter
“Bebop, Western Swing, Blues, Latin and Honky Tonk are all represented making this the most fun-filled evening I have spent listening to music in years!” Jimmy Wyble, guitarist with Benny Goodman, Red Norvo, Frank Sinatra, Bob Wills
“This is one of those rare times when it’s impossible to hang a label on a band or pigeonhole its type of music. Thanks to the incredible talents of four guys and a gal that make up Cow Bop, the result is the jazziest country sound since Bob Wills.”
Ken Rosenbaum, ToledoBlade