Beers, Tears and Big Dreams

Last week we had an absolutely awesome time playing at the University of Calgary for their Bermuda Shorts Day semester end bash. It was an epic crowd and the day was toasty enough for us to experience our first sun burns of the year!

The next morning we woke up to the horrible news that five people were fatally stabbed at a BSD after party. Two of the victims were members of the local band Zackariah and the Prophets. Hot of the heals of their first EP release only two days earlier, this is a devastating turn of events.

The Calgary music community mourns the loss of a band that was just starting to break out. And there’s no changing the fact that five young lives have been senselessly lost to the worst mass murder in our city’s history. Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and families of Zackariah Rathwell, Josh Hunter, Jordan Segura, Lawrence Hong and Kaiti Perras.

We are taking a short hiatus this weekend to write and prepare for some of the festivals coming up this spring and summer.

On Friday May 2 we will be performing for Mill St Brewery from 4-8PM at the 10th annual Calgary Beerfest. The streets will run yellow with beer!

Calgary Beerfest 2014

From May 8 until the 11 we will be in Toronto to participate in Canadian Music Week. We have two showcases:

Rancho Relaxo - CMW - May 8, 2014

Thursday May 8Rancho Relaxo
* Tickets Wristband or $10 *

8PM – Buddy McNeil & the Magic Mirrors – One of the best acts in Quebec right now
9PM – The Dead Projectionists – Six piece Toronto psychy indie-rockers
10PM – Paint – Infectiously energetic pop
11PM – The Beer Patrice – St. John’s rock and roll
12AM – Goodnight, Sunrise- Sweaty party rock
1AM – The Blue Stones – Windsor based two piece blues-rockers
*** 2AM – COWPUNCHER – Four handsome dudes and a pretty lady ***
3AM – Zoo Harmonics – Tel Aviv alternative/punk rock

Saturday May 10The Hideout
“A rock bar that fuckin’ rocks!”
* Tickets Wristband or $10 *

8PM – Forester – Edmonton alternative rock
9PM – B-17 – Toronto rock & roll
10PM – Cub Sport – Brisbane, Australia indie rock
11PM – Soho Ghetto – Halifax indie pop
12AM – The Nils – Montreal punk rock; formed in 1978
1AM – Hisland – Toronto alternative rock
*** 2AM – COWPUNCHER – Yours truly YYC! ***
3AM – Bella Clava – Toronto rock and roll

Some of our old crew has headed east over the years to pursue music opportunities. We’ll catch up, perform our hearts out and meet new friends!

When we get back home we’ll be playing at the 2nd annual SoundOff! Showcase. May 23 – tickets are $15. The Gateway is one of our favorite venues to perform at in YYC.

SoundOff! May 23, 2014

We have also added a few more regional dates. Check out our show listings!

SING TALK PLAY

SING TALK PLAY is a live performance and interview show shot on location at CJSW 90.9 FM in Calgary, Alberta. Hosted by filmmaker and longtime radio programmer Ramin Yazdi, SING TALK PLAY features some of the best independent musical talent found locally, nationally, and internationally.

Our session with Ramin at has been uploaded to the web, so enjoy our handsome songs and beautiful faces!

In this episode of SING TALK PLAY live sessions at CJSW radio we feature Calgary’s own ranch hands, COWPUNCHER, with their traditional infused rock and roll.

It features performances of our songs Wounded Wing and Ride My Wave.

Thanks to the folks that came out to our shows in Jasper and Edmonton. We had a great time playing for y’all!

This weekend we’re jetting up to Grand Prairie to perform a pair of shows at Better Than Fred’s.

Then on Monday Bermuda Shorts Day closes down another winter semester for the University of Calgary.

The legendary end-of-year party is set for Monday, Apr. 14 in Lot 32. The gates open at 11:00 a.m., with food and beverage service from 11:30 – 5 p.m. As always, we’ve got a great list of artists lined up to keep your flip-flops shufflin’. This year, look for Smalltown DJs, Montreal’s Jah Cutta, Cowpuncher, Crooka, and Tijuana’s Los Kung Fu Monkeys!.

Get ready to celebrate the last day of classes with over 5000 of your closest friends

Friendly Neighbor Tour

Hey BC music party people! Cowpuncher is driving west for a visit this weekend.

Tomorrow night we’ll be performing at The Last Drop in Revelstoke. Beyond the usual snowboarders, ski bums and mountain men, we challenge the Revelstoke Dart League to dance and drink $4.75 Mt Begbie Kolsch with us!

Weather permitting it’s only a 7 hour drive to Vancouver. We return to The Media Club to rock out a Friday night show with Catlow and The Slip-Ons! Facebook event? Click here.

March 28 - Vancouver - Media Club

March 28 – Vancouver – Media Club

The next morning we’ll be heading back towards home, but not without a Saturday night stop at Doc Willoughby’s in Kelowna!

March 29, 2014 - Kelowna - Doc Willoughby's

March 29, 2014 – Kelowna – Doc Willoughby’s

We’ll see old friends. We’ll make new friends! It’s a Canadian springtime, winter-out-there, music weekend!

Brewtalk

Matthew Jennifer Olah was interviewed recently on Village Radio. It’s hosted by the ever-so-handsome Dave Kelly and it’s coincidentally recorded by our engineer Robbie Josh in his mobile recording truck. Matt explains the ups and downs of becoming a musician, his history with the lumber industry, Calgary Folk Fest and the origins and focus on Cowpuncher. Among other things!

There are so many conversations and stories taking place in our great city. We figure it’s time that we start capturing these stories and stick them in the story cooler so our community can be refreshed and inspired whenever they thirst for creativity. New Village Radio podcasts will be posted often. Stay tuned.

After you are finished with Molah, go through their website and listen to the other rad interviews with some of the favorite sons and daughters of YYC culture!

Also we have new stickers for your bumper and graffiti needs.

CKUA – Alberta Backstage Series

Last Friday CKUA Radio broadcast our Alberta Backstage session. It’s an interview and a performance of six songs. They have uploaded a podcast version that you can hear below.

Also included in the podcast is a session with our YYC pals The Bitterweed Draw.

Have a listen!

Leading off tonight’s set of country-tinged rock sessions from the National Music Centre is Cowpuncher. In November, the band released their third full-length album, Ghostnotes.

Shortly after the release, the group said goodbye to long time member Hurrican Harley Hoeft. In his place, Cowpuncher welcomes the very talented Shari Rae on bass. In the midst of the line up change, the band has been writing some new material. One of those new tracks, “Wait in Gold”, you’ll hear on this National Music Centre session.

Cowpuncher track list:
“Country Maiden”
“Get In The Truck”
“Heartlight”
“Acetaminophen”
“Wounded Wing”
“Wait in Gold”

Originally broadcast:
March 14, 2014 at 8PM MT on the CKUA Radio Network

We Three Provinces

St. Patrick’s Day is this coming Monday which means most of the bars and stages will be doing celebrations all weekend so that the Monday-Friday Joes can enjoy green beers and music.

So join us at The Drake in Canmore this Friday & Saturday (March 14 & 15) for a mountain party weekend!

Friday March 22 we’re doing a stop in Saskatoon for the University of Saskatchewan Cup Cabaret. It features Juno nominee Tim Hicks. Tickets can be purchased in advance via ticketmaster.

The following week we’ll be driving to our favorite province west of Alberta for a BC mini-tour. On Thursday March 27 we’re at The Last Drop in Revelstoke. Over to Vancouver we’ll be performing with some special guests at The Media Club on Friday March 28. Heading back east we return to Doc Willoughby’s in Kelowna.

In the interim we’ve been writing songs for our next album. Come to one of the shows mentioned to hear them before they drop!