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Edward William Cousins aka E. Cousins spins new sights and sounds in poetry and electronic music fusion in American Roads. The first single American Roads from the American Roads LP will be released on G Plan Music in late May. Original. Exciting. He describes his work as “an arranged mix of folk rock meets spoken word, a little southern feel, bluesy and a bit of Americana . . . banjo, mandolin and slide guitar etc.; romantic and at times darker ballads with piano, violins and big drums and bass adding electronic feels with synths to some.” The art fusion mix plays rain and summer road music, as if it is time to pick up your backpack and head out into the New America. If you listen sweet, it’s as if Mr. Bo Jangles by Jerry Jeff Walker or Bob Dylan plays in the background “Mr. Bo Jangles, Mr. Bo Jangles, dance” but in a new time, a new excitement, a new adventure. E. Cousins has played metal music extensively as a bass guitar session player, songwriting on albums and playing live gigs, a member of a metal band called “Black Ritual” they released the “Thousand Yard Stare” LP. He has played and written with 5 different bands in the last 15 years, recorded numerous albums and played hundreds of live performances and festivals, most along the Atlantic seaboard.
“Learning to play bass guitar at 16 to impress the world, I found my escape and furthered it into my later years.” “And then I found the love of poetry and spoken word. And I always knew or wanted to fuse the two together and it passionately took over my life.”
“I get inspiration from real life, romance, pain and life's trouble in general. But at times I love to write about the apocalypse. As I see it in my eyes. And a bit of fantasy as well as my southern surroundings.”
He is influenced by great poets, Charles Bukowski, T. S. Eliot, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, John Trudel, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost amongst others.
Also, E. Cousins is influenced by folk, Americana, folk rock, romantic music, blues, ballads, Farm Dogs, Shawn Mullins, Kid Rock (acoustic), Chris Knight. (He says, “Just get an idea of what Americana is!”) Audrey Michelle, Saul Williams “and the art of musical poetry.”
And he admires those who have found voice in spoken word music, including William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Ani DiFranco, Lauryn Hill, Dana Bryant, John Hall, Henry Rollins, William Shatner, Steve Martin, Henry Rollins, Alan Kaufman, Maggie Estep, Tom Waits, John Most, Paul Robeson, Paul Beatty, George Lopez, Ray Romano, and Bob Holman, amongst others.
E. Cousins says "a true musician cannot be closed minded, he must listen to it all to know true music."
Poet, lyricist, musician, father and grandfather born and raised in Tacoma Washington
E. Cousins currently resides in North Carolina. From a working class family, “my mother always told me she had to burn our clothes and furniture to keep us warm,” he would roll around the streets, “a bit of a wild child running the often tough streets of North Tacoma, Washington.” Always at his grandparents on weekends, his grandmother an artist and his grandfather - “Harry "Click" Cousins, a professional prize fighter before W.W.II always after enough beers - playing old Irish tunes on his harmonica and being a master of the spoons. “I was infatuated with his record collection. Conway Twitty and Box Car Willie to name a few. Box Car Willie was probably where my love for the hobo stories and the open road started, as he had this one where Willie was sitting in a boxcar with his guitar, that always amazed me.”
“All the loves I have lost and the women. The drinking and all its pains, makes for good writing. So with all I have been dealt, I can only hope that passionately I can only give the world the truest of my heart and more.”
Having played and performed extensively he has some fine stories of the road, “from driving to Baltimore, Maryland to playing for one person, to playing a bar at the gates of Camp Legune, Paris Island where a group of 30 or so bikers showed up with axe handles and cleared the place out, “luckily they liked me.” He has also played with famous performers to crowds of 500 to 800 or more and managed bands. And E. Cousins planned and promoted 4 heavy metal music festivals in Charlotte, North Carolina. With an extreme stage show, flying guitars, jumping into the crowd from the stage and the drinking of beer all to the roar of the crowd.
E. Cousins has had his poetry published online and he has self-published three poetry collections, an EBook and is currently working on more poetry and writing for children.
Just recently he was reading some of his poetry with his youngest son who was playing guitar and they created a poetry and music collaboration. He finds fulfillment in “using my voice to be heard and to stand out, to effect someone’s life and dreams in a positive way.”
E. Cousins is a discovery in spoken word music, the travel of planes, trains and automobiles within poetry Americana, new fusion, new sound from American Roads.