Mountain Heart with John Cowan

Mountain Heart was back in the studio yesterday, putting finishing touches on their upcoming EP project. As we have reported before, this project will find the buys showcasing their new, edgier, more rock-inflected sound – something they have been sliding towards for the past two years.

Josh Shilling sent along a photo of John with the guys, along with John Cowan who was on hand to add tenor vocals and fills to Josh’s lead on That Just Happened, a new song written by Shilling and Jim VanCleve.

“Cowan and I sound like family singing it….spooky actually. I didn’t realize how much we have in common.

We have the exact same musical background, and discussed a dozen things that we do the same…even down to both of us having port wine stain birthmarks on our left arms and neck.

He’s a monster talent and he knocked this stuff outta the park. We had to put him in the rafters on a few highs C’s and D’s. What a talent!”

VanCleve was likewise stoked to have the Cow with them in the studio…

“It was ABSOLUTELY NUTS to be PRODUCING a bona fide legend… a guy who I grew up listening to, and always being completely amazed beyond all comprehension by! I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that The NewGrass Revival were absolute superstars in my eyes growing up! He and Josh sounded amazing singing together, and there was just a great chemistry among all of us.

I can’t wait to get back in and listen to what we got on tape again! What a blast!”

Cowan is headed out next week for an extended tour on bass with The Doobie Brothers, with whom he performed back in the 1980s. He will fill in while regular bassist Skylark is recuperating from some health problems.

Meanwhile, Mountain Heart is loading up for a show at The Festival Of The Bluegrass in Lexington, KY this weekend.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.