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Cow Bop / Press

“COW BOP, Acclaimed jazz guitarist Bruce Forman's always astonishing brand of classic Western Swing is characterized by a world class mixture of hard bop harmonics and complexity, affectionate respect for the idiom and an exceedingly playful approach that, taken with vocalist Pinto Pammy's expressive, self-assured delivery and the group's superb musicianship, guarantees a thrilling earful.”

Acoustic Americana Music Guide

“Cow Bop: Too Hick for the Room is an original effort, a combination of some disparate styles that absolutely works. Jazz and country music can be packed neatly into the same room, one that Cow Bop proves can be enjoyed by hipsters and hicksters alike.”

Matt Paddock - GameVortex Communications

“Thanks to the incredible talents of four guys and a gal that make up Cow Bop, the result is the jazziest country sound since Bob Wills. Taking it one step further, there is a gutsy irreverence that makes straying from the original tunes an exciting adventure in every groove. Western swing, bebop, and flat-out jazz are tossed together with a sassy delivery, breakneck instrumental work, and often sultry vocals that conjure images of big-band days. They play tunes that have been worked over by better-known artists through the years, but never have they been wrung out so completely and so freshly.”

Ken Rosenbaum - ToledoBlade.com

“In any discussion of the top acts on today’s western-swing scene, Cow Bop had better be in the conversation. -- John Wooley, host of Swing on This , 7 p.m. Saturdays on KWGS (89.5 FM) in Tulsa , streaming at kwgs.org ”

John Wooley - Western Swing Monthly

“...probably the most fun you will ever have listening to a recording of any kind.”

Brent Black - Digital Jazz Reviews

“I found this (Too HIck for the Room) to be one of the most entertaining and well thought out musical projects I have heard in some time...”

“Led by the extraordinary guitarist Bruce Forman, Cow Bop takes old-timey songs and makes them into something new with an approach that might be called twang-jazz. The musicianship is beyond superb, which is one reason they are booked to appear at this year’s Los Angeles Guitar Festival as well as the Monterey Jazz Festival. Sure, each member of the group would probably be the leader if they were in any other band, but the appeal of Cow Bop goes way beyond superior playing. But the main thing Cow Bop has in their favor is simply this: they are an absolute gas to watch. People whoop and holler and cheer and applaud and dance. And those of us who have attempted to play or record great guitar sounds are often transfixed by the fluidity and grace of Forman’s work.”

“Best. Band. Ever.”

Ariel Alexander - Alto Saxophonia

“COW BOP/Too Hick for the Room: When you grow up a mile from Jethro Burns house, an appreciation for cow jazz gets seeped into your blood stream. Jazzbo guitar man, Bruce Forman mixes his love of jazz and western swing into the kind of band date that Burns would have certainly gotten a kick out of as he raced from a session with Dave Holland to one with Steve Goodman. If you’ve ever gotten a kick out of Bob Wills passing out “ah-ha”s in the middle of a record, which he handed out instead of money, then this work out on songs that should never appear side by side on the same record will grab you. A solid adult listening treat, the hot chops are on simmer, the moves precise and the good times are on high. Simply a killer set. ”

Chris Spector - Midwest Record

“It's hot, jazzy and has a drawl!”

The San Francisco Chronicle

“These guys cook! The most fun you can have with your spurs on!”

Herb Jeffries, Mr. Flamingo, The Bronze Buckaroo

“Cow Bop conveys the essence of what we were doing...in a sophisticated and up to date way. Bob woulda loved 'em!”

Jimmy Wyble, guitarist w/ Bob Wills, Spade Cooley, Benny Goodman, Red Norvo

“I could listen to these guys for a hundred hours straight and not go to the bathroom once!”

Paul Zarzyski

“Imagine Bob Wills, Bird and Diz, Wes, Django, Louis Prima, Spike Jones, Patsy Cline and Peggy Lee locked in a closet for the weekend!"”

Bruce Forman

"I thought Louis Prima was 'the very best' musical/entertainment group I had ever seen, until this past year. I have now seen Bruce Forman & Cow Bop several times and they are now my all-time favorite group. Their musicianship and wild and crazy repertoire is simply the best. Tighten your cinches because this is the musical ride of all time, bar none!!! "

Terry Thompson

“They put some scoobie-doo in their wahoo!”

Wylie Gustafson, Wylie & the Wild West

““With the Elko Convention Center auditorium near capacity for Saturday's final show of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, there was much at stake for ending the annual festival on a high-note. The performers did not disappoint. The hot cowboy jazz group Cow Bop led off the final performance with Pinto Pammy channeling Patsy Cline and jazz guitar virtuoso Bruce Forman picking away on the guitar, it didn't seem that things could get any better. That's when fiddler Phil Salazar let loose on the fiddle during a medley of the original piece, “The Boomer Stampede” and the classic “Orange Blossom Special.” Although more commonly heard with a harmonica solo, Salazar filled in on the fiddle, recreating every note with precision, literally sawing away at his fiddle. When it was all over, the group received an uproarious applause from the audience, and Salazar's fiddle bow had shed a few horse hairs.”

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