Only Truth Tonight


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Reviews: The (mostly) Tampa-based Urbane Cowboys have spent the past five years making the kind of American music that speaks to fans of Willie, Waylon and The Ramones. On the Cowboys new LP …Only Truth Tonight, listeners are treated to a collection of sincere, lovesick laments. The sonic structure is standard rock n roll goosed with twangy guitar solos and the occasional pedal steel sweetness of Jim McNealon. Michael Snayd and Kamran Mir deliver warm vocals, and the lyrics provide telling observations, including the gem 30 Days, a moving evocation of beautiful despair. Review of …only truth tonight from Creative Loafing …Claiming influence from Hank Sr. to Social D and including the one I can *really* hear, Whiskeytown, the Urbane Cowboys pump out a pop infused brand of punk/what ever the cool kids are calling it these days. Only the Truth tonight moves effortlessly from the rock and roll riffs of Here We Go Again to the pedal-steel infused country melodies of 30 Days and through the shit-kicking instrumental Saddle Up the guys have definitely put together a collection of tracks to be proud of. Hell, there is even a wonderful cover of The Pixies song, Wave of Mutilation that will make you wish the original had a pedal steel in it…. You will not be dissapointed. Review of …only truth tonight from Bio: Established in September of 1999, this Tampa, FL americana/roots rock/ 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.) The Urbane Cowboys influences include The Old 97s, 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 Tampas 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.


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