Cowboys and Frenchmen is a quintet based in New York City that took its name from a 1988 short film by David Lynch ("The Cowboy and The Frenchman"). Formed in 2014, the ensemble –– alto saxophonists Ethan Helm and Owen Broder, pianist Addison Frei (who replaced original member Chris Ziemba in 2019), bassist Ethan O'Reilly, and drummer Matt Honor –– released its debut album, "Rodeo" (Outside In Music), in November of 2015 and its second album, "Bluer Than You Think", in October 2017. Listen to the music and you will hear many strains of American music, from folk to classical, rock music to jazz, and beyond. And, although there are no lyrics on these songs, the music is telling us stories, illustrating how musicians convey their emotions through the music –– it's not about technical flashiness but about pulling the listener in to the music, not pushing them away.EP the group self-released in August of last year) is "Our Highway" (Outside In Music) and is a digital release only –– in some ways, it's a tribute to all the time the band has spent on the road and, especially, the times they played at clubs in Jacksonville, FL (home of Broder) and Yorba Linda, CA (Helm's hometown). The band also created a video album, which is available only through ticketed events like the one this Friday, February 26 via Live From Our Living Rooms. You also see many shots of traffic from from various interstate highways as well as shots of the group walking through wooded areas and national parks. Helm wrote all the music and, like the video, his songs cover a wide swath of musical and personal territory. The power of the program is that it may be a long time before this band, and all other entertainers, live the "gig life" the way it used to be.
www.cowboysandfrenchmen.com to find out more and all are invited to attend the Album Release Party on 2/26 – to find out more about the ticket event, go to www.bandsintown.com/e/102455835. To hear more of the CD and purchase the album, go to https://cowboysfrenchmen.bandcamp.com/album/our-highway.
Here's a taste:
Kelly Jefferson – soprano sax ("A Dream Within a Dream" only)
Allison Au – alto sax ("A Dream Within a Dream" and "The Fiddle and the Drum").
Aline Homzy – violin & Beth Silver – cello (five tracks)
Jeremy Potts – violin (one track)
Laurence Schaufele – viola (one track)
Alex Goodman – guitar (four tracks)
AmandaTosoff – piano
Jon Maharaj – bass
Morgan Childs – drums