Mix swingin’ grooves, thrilling riffs, sweet and hot vocals, acoustic western sensibilities and tons of fun and you have only begun to describe Cow Bop. Formed in 2003 by internationally-acclaimed guitarist Bruce Forman, the cowboy jazz and western bebop band has toured extensively throughout the country, exciting audiences with their unique and infectious brand of western music.
The bands’ collective experience crosses the spectrum of American music, from the hottest jazz and the coolest swing to the fiercest bluegrass and most down-home honky-tonk. Comfortable in diverse settings such as from Carnegie Hall and roadside taverns, the band always hits the stage with an electrifying and entertaining assortment of music and frolic. Along with Bruce Forman on guitar, the band features PintoPammy on vocals whose talent and experiences range from big band swing, old-time country and musical theater, and fiddlin’ Phil Salazar, who lights up the stage with his world-renown swing, Americana, bluegrass and jazz stylings. Put that on top of a rhythm section of Alex King, bass, and Jake Reed, drums that are as swingin and rockin’ as rodeo bronc but sure footed as a prized pack mule and you get Cow Bop.
In 2004, Cow Bop won the Route 66 Challenge, traveling the length of the storied road having departed with a mere $100 and no scheduled gigs. Their CDs, Swingin’ Out West and Route 66 feature songs and musicians from across the wide spectrum of the American musical palette.
Along with numerous appearances at esteemed nightclubs and festivals across the country, Cow Bop has been featured at the Montreal Jazz Festival as well as the National Cowboy Gathering in Elko, and the Heber City, Monterey and Santa Clarita Cowboy Gatherings. Talk about crossover!! For an extra treat, check out Bruce’s guitar work featured in Clint Eastwood’s Academy-Award winning film, Million Dollar Baby..and his new release, Hereafter.