John Cowan Band Play’s Intimate Show in Knoxville Tennessee

John Cowan / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / Monet Maddux Play Intimate show In Knoxville Tennessee.
It was an intimate setting at The Open Chord in Knoxville Tennessee for the sold out John Cowan show Featuring Darin and Brooke Aldridge and Monet Maddux band.
Monet Maddux and her band opened the show. Monet did some Dolly Parton n Porter Wagner , Susie Bogguss songs along with her own. Monet has a new self titled album that was produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard. Monet and her Husband Scott own The Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson / & The Shed outside concert venue in Maryville Tennessee but has only performed a handful of times. They did an Awesome job warming up the crowd. check her out at
Up Next was John Cowan on Bass with Darin & Brooke Aldridge. Unfortunately John was under strick orders by the Doctor to not sing as he had laryngitis. He made an announcement if anyone wanted a refund they could get one but that they would not be disappointed if they stayed. and everyone stayed! You could just tell John really really wanted to sing. He was wonderful on the bass and really getting into the music. They did a little bit of everything which from what I’ve been told is the norm for John Cowan. Playing everything from Flat & Scruggs to Bill Monroe. Darin & his wife Brooke Aldridge did a wonderful job taking the lead on singing. Darin & Brooke are an award winning country /folk/bluegrass duo who sing and tour with John sometimes. Both are highly acclaimed vocalists in their own right. (Brooke is 2 time reigning IBMA female vocalist of the year. This has only happened 7 times in the history of the Award) Be sure to check them out at
John Cowan is known as the voice of Newgrass. John is a true innovator. singing everything from country , bluegrass, gospel, soul, jazz and rock and roll sometimes all in one concert! He mesmerizes audiences everywhere he plays. John got his start in Louisville Kentucky where he played in various rock outfits like Everyday People and Louisville Sound Department in the early 1970’s but his rise to fame came in 1974 when he auditioned to play bass for up and coming band New Grass Revival. After New Grass Revival he became a very high demand session musician doing vocals and bass for over 120 artists including Garth Brooks, Glen Campbell, Rosanne Cash, Bela Fleck, Hootie & The Blowfish, Hal Ketchum, Alison Krauss, Delbert McClinton, Reba, Poco, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Travis Tritt, Hank Williams Jr.  The List Goes on and on. In The early 1990’s he teamed up with Rusty Young of Poco, Bill Lloyd Of Foster & Lloyd, & Pat Simmons Of The Doobie Brothers. It Helped him gain a slot as bassist for The Doobie Brothers from 1992 through 1995 and song credit for “Cant Stand To Loose” on The Doobies 2000 ” “Sibling Rivalry ” release. He then Left to do a solo career that’s when the John Cowan Band was formed. In 2014 along with his producer Doobie Brothers Band Mate John Mcfee assembled an amazing group of songs for what is being herald as the most talked about album of the year. titled ” Sixty”. John continues to tour with the Doobie Brothers and will be doing so this summer! As well as doing some dates with Darin & Brooke Aldridge.

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Angela Richardson-Newman    Music Matters Magazine


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