by John CowanJohn Cowan

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John Cowan has had a remarkable career, beginning with the various rock outfits he played with when he was starting out in Louisville, Kentucky through his time in the influential New Grass Revival band, the country-rock supergroup Sky Kings, a handful of solo albums, numerous sessions with Steve Earle, Béla Fleck, Alison Krauss, John Prine, and others, and he has been the off-and-on touring bass player for the Doobie Brothers for some time. Now turned 60 years old, Cowan is in a retrospective mood, and the aptly named Sixty finds him putting together one of his best solo efforts, helped by dozens of guest musicians from the various stopping points on his musical journey. Not a songwriter, Cowan shines as a vocalist, interpreting, re-imagining, and bringing new emotional depth to other folks' songs, and he does that here in grand style. The opener, "The Things I Haven't Done," written by Bruce Coughlan, is a country-rock gem, and it sets the stage for this well-played, well-recorded set, which was produced by the Doobie Brothers' John McFee. A cover of Marty Robbins' "Devil Woman" emerges as a crisp piece of Bakersfield country honky tonk, while Cowan's version of the Beatles' "Run for Your Life" is full of rustic grit and electric guitars that toughen it up. Other highlights include a jaunty "Sugar Babe," written by Jesse Colin Young, and an orchestrated, late-night wee-hours Dixieland take on "Miss the Mississippi (And You)," a song originally recorded by Jimmie Rodgers in 1932 that later became one of the great Doc Watson's many signature songs. The guest list on this album is huge, with Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Bernie Leadon, Sam Bush, Chris Hillman, Huey Lewis, Bonnie Bramlett, and many others lending a hand to this project as Cowan deftly and confidently touches all of the bases from his four-plus-decade career. Make no mistake, though, this is Cowan's album, for all the guests. Sixty belongs to Cowan's voice and vision, which are the silver thread and golden needle that hold it all together.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2014
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397463025
catalogNumber: 4630
Rank: 51513

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Cowan   Primary Artist,Bass,Vocals
Alison Brown   Banjo,Hand Clapping
Alison Krauss   Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Rodney Crowell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Hillman   Mandolin,Vocals
Jim Messina   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Leon Russell   Piano
John Jorgenson   Acoustic Guitar,Clarinet,Soloist
Bonnie Bramlett   Vocals
Guy Allison   Piano,Keyboards
Ray Benson   Guitar,Soloist
Luke Bulla   Violin
Viktor Krauss   Upright Bass
Bernie Leadon   Banjo
Huey Lewis   Harmonica
Hank Linderman   Guitar,Soloist
Kenny Malone   Percussion
Jay Dee Maness   Pedal Steel Guitar,Soloist
John McFee   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Violin,Autoharp,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,Vibes,Hi String,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Resonator),Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Guitar (Baritone)
Tony Pia   Drums
Marc Russo   Saxophone
Josh Williams   Acoustic Guitar
Victor Wooten   Fretless Bass Guitar
Ed Toth   Drums
Danny Flowers   Harmonica
Brian Smith   Hand Clapping
Ella Rose   Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping
Maggie Beth Phelps   Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping
Carol Cowan   Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping
Jim Pugh   Piano,Hammond B3
Maya Burgess   Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping
Rachel Wahlman   Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping
Allegra Bulla   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Charlie Rich   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Jim Messina   Engineer
Jesse Colin Young   Composer
Rick Roberts   Composer
Guy Allison   Engineer,Orchestration
Paul Buchanan   Composer
Luke Bulla   Composer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Viktor Krauss   Engineer
John McFee   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Marc Russo   Engineer
Brent Truitt   Engineer
Peter Lewis   Composer
Glen Phillips   Composer
André Pessis   Composer
Bruce Coughlan   Composer
Alanna Nash   Liner Notes
Robin Pecknold   Composer
Justin Francis   Engineer
William Heagney   Composer
Chuck Turner   Engineer
Sam "Lightning" Seifert   Engineer
Jim Pugh   Engineer
Sean Sullivan   Engineer

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