The Urbane Cowboys
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Established in September of 1999, this Tampa, FL americana/roots rock/alt.country quartet is made up of atomic clock precision of Robert Hans Jolowski (drums and percussion), the driving bass lines of Steven Schumacher (bass guitar), the solid rhythm & sweet melodies of Michael Snayd (acoustic guitar & vocals), and the clean-picked leads & smooth harmonies of Kamran Mir (electric guitar & vocals.)Read More...
The Urbane Cowboys influences include The Old 97's, Cigar Store Indians, Whiskeytown, Johnny Cash, Social Distortion, Cracker and Hank Williams, Sr., just to name a few. Rich McSherry, former Tampa roots/americana promoter/supporter described them as: "... ass kickin', beer drinkin', boot stompin' rock n' roll. A definite SXSW contender."
In his feature article on the Cowboys in Tampa's local rag Weekly Planet, music columnist Scott Harrell had this to say: "... the presence of two primary songwriters in Snayd and Mir, lend The Urbane Cowboys a surprisingly broad signature. Some songs rock with roadhouse abandon, some would slide nicely into contemporary pop-country airplay, and still others ply into that surf-a-billy backbeat. By refusing to narrowly define what they do, the Cowboys have created a fun, eclectic, and widely appealing style."
In their years of existence, The Urbane Cowboys have gigged quite consistently around the Central Florida area with both local and national acts. They have played with local favorites Skinny McGee & his Mayhem Makers, The Camaros, Jet Set Six, The Deep Sixes, The Red Elvises, Billy Bacon & the Forbidden Pigs, Cigar Store Indians, and in a major cross-genre coup for the Cowboys, Reel Big Fish. Recently, the Cowboys have shared the stage with the likes of Mark Farner (of Grand Funk Railroad), Shinedown, Authority Zero, Yellowcard, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Art Alexakis of Everclear, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Mike Watt, Santana, Los Lonely Boys and scores more.