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Lance Cowan • So Far, So Good • Lantzapalooza Muzik


It’s not often that one finds an individual who’s able to straddle both sides of the music divide — that is, the business side and its artistic side simultaneously.  It’s even rarer to find someone who’s able to do so effectively. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac are some of the better known examples of those who attempted to manage their own affairs while also creating their art, yet inevitably found their efforts ending in failure.


For his part, Lance Cowan has, up until now, gained his reputation primarily as a publicist, and a respected one at that. However, with his debut album, So Far, So Good, he makes his mark as a gifted singer/songwriter who also has the draw needed to pull in some formidable support. The guest players include — Sam Bush on mandolin, Pat Flynn and Mark Elliott on guitars, Andrea Zonn on fiddle, drummer Pat McInerney, bassists Dave Pomeroy and Jay Turner, and Dan Dugmore on pedal steel, all of whom not only attest to Lance Cowan’s credibility, but also to  the quality of these songs.


Needless to say, then, the material is truly memorable. Songs such as “Little Johnny Pierce”, “Lost and Found”, “Fields of Freedom”, “Ben McGhee”, and “The Letter” (in which Julie Lee takes the lead vocal) are all poignant and personal, each sharing stories that presumably reflect the real lives of real people. Then again, Cowan’s enthusiasm is obvious. Certain songs — “A Place For Everything”, “Sound of My House”, “For You”, and the title track share a sense of celebration, making each offering a memorable encounter expressed not only through the quality of the craft, but also with the desire and dedication that underscores each as well.


Ultimately, the track titled “Blue Highway” sums things up succinctly, offering an indication that Lance Cowan’s road forward will likely lead to even richer rewards.


Clearly then, So Far, So Good offers every indication that Cowan’s talents extend not only to his knowledge of promotion and PR, but to the sounds that can be shared when all the favorable factors combine and coalesce. Is he a renaissance man? Perhaps. Indeed, one thing is certain. With this stunning debut, Lance Cowan is indeed staying true to the title. 

– by Lee Zimmerman

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