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!

None Shall Pass!

A few years ago we were driving back from BC during a serious snow storm. It was slow going and there were a lot of delays, high ice walls and avalanche warnings.

When we finally journeyed to the top of the mountains we noticed what we thought might be an ancient warrior king standing guard over the pass. The blizzard whipped all around him as he stood sentry staring into infinity…

We carefully drove past him, never forgetting that he’s out there somewhere keeping an eye on the rocky mountain traveling bands.

This afternoon we stumbled upon a recent photo from the W Kootenay District twitter feed that proves it wasn’t just a winter mirage.

Long live the king!

Beateroute has posted a review of the Music YYC fundraiser we performed at last Friday:

MUSIC YYC FUNDRAISER: COWPUNCHER, THE RIVER AND THE ROAD, THE WISERS
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THE PALOMINO, FEBRUARY 28, 2014

Music YYC is an inspired initiative that is currently working to further support, encourage and enhance the vibrant music scene that is undoubtedly embedded within the fabric of Calgary’s culture. Despite being relatively new, Music YYC has been making huge strides when it comes to exposure, along with the amazing musicians that reside in our city, and Friday’s fundraising event at the Palomino was extremely successful in supplementing just that.

The event took place in the acoustically solid and infinitely cool basement of the Palomino Smokehouse, which acted as a perfect venue for the energetically eclectic crowd that came out to see a few killer bands. With many familiar faces of those who are focal points in Calgary’s music scene, as well as many fans that keep the scene alive, it was a perfect merriment of cultures coming together to support an outstanding cause.

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br-musicyyc-pal-feb282014-02Adorning themselves with masks, headpieces and other creative (borderline creepy) accessories to enhance their unique appeal, Cowpuncher finished the night. This five-piece local band blends folk and roots with rock & roll sensibilities. Both enthusiastically engaging and dangerously dynamic, Cowpuncher ended the night with tons of dancing, foot stomping and smiles all around.

Being Music YYC’s first official fundraising event, it was fitting that the vibe of the entire evening felt fresh and extremely inspired. Despite the -30 degree weather, the crowd, the bands and the event organizers embraced each other warmly, leaving an impactful impression on everyone fortunate enough to be there.

You can check out more photos from the show in Beatroute’s CrowdSurfing – February 2014 album.

Good Morning Alberta!

The Cowpuncher gang was up at the crack of early to record a session at the National Music Centre with CKUA’s Grant Stovel. We had a chat and played a bunch of songs, including one of our new ones Wait in Gold. The interview will be airing in the spring. If you want to hear the new material before the snow’s melted then you’ll have to come to one of our upcoming shows. Two of them are in YYC – tomorrow at The Gateway and Friday at the Palomino.

A ton more across Canada have been announced on our Shows page including Bermuda Shorts Day, Canadian Music Week, Dauphin’s Country Festival and Dogpatch Music Festival.

Music in the YYC

We have a couple of Calgary shows coming up next week.

On Thursday Feb 27 we will be performing with the Juno-nominated band Rah Rah.

Rah Rah w/ Cowpuncher - Feb 27, 2014

The next night (Feb 28) we’re at the Palomino performing for a MusicYYC fundraiser. It’s a great local outfit interested in growing and nurturing our local music scene.

The ‘MusicYYC’ initiative has been created to further support, inspire and enhance Calgary’s live music culture.

MusicYYC aims to create a culture hub online where a local community of artists, music lovers, and seekers can tap into on in Calgary’s local scene in one accessible location online.

MusicYYC Fundraiser - Feb 28, 2014
Sidenote – check out our pals Chron Goblin this coming Saturday Feb 22 at the Gateway! That’s where we’ll be!

Pain & Gain

There’s no easy way to say this.

Due to personal reasons our upright bass player Hurricane Harley Hoeft has made the tough call to depart from Cowpuncher. After years of writing, touring and performing with us it’s very hard to see him leave. He’s a machine.

Harley joined our band in 2010 and commuted from Saskatoon until he finally made the move to Calgary. It was fitting that we played our final show with Harls in his former hometown at Amigos in front of friends and family. We wish him the best.

Full on Harley - Beerfest- May 4, 2013 - Photo by Jodi Reade

Full on Harley- Photo by Jodi Reade

As they say in the biz, the show must go on. A month ago we put out a call to the music community and began auditioning new players. We’re excited to announce that we have Shari Rae joining us on bass and backup vocals! With a formal education in jazz and a history of performing with some of Canada’s best roots outfits, Shari is extremely talented. We’ve been cramming in the rehearsals and our first official Cowpuncher show with Shari happens tomorrow night in Edson at The Olive Tree.

Shari Rae

Shari Rae

Meanwhile the year has barely started and we’ve already had to take a puncher to the hospital. We were filming our new music video on Sunday and Scotty suffered an injury on the ice. He’s finally back on his feet and we’re back to business as usual, with the exception of a back brace.

Lethbridge Arts & Entertainment magazine LA Beat has posted a review of our show at The Slice last month. It’s a story of love, hats, and music.

Keepin’ it fresh, we’ve been writing our new album, with Shari, and have a few new songs to include in the upcoming sets. See you there!