For the past four years, Jamie Cook has been keeping us steady (on drums and in general!). He has been with the band since the very beginning, when a big Saturday night show meant hanging out on the porch and jamming with some friends. Jamie is an amazingly talented musician, and some of you have been lucky enough to see him perform his own songs … which he has been recording for the past year and will soon release publically.
As many of you know, Jamie has been on a leave of absence from the band for the past several weeks in order to tend to a family health matter. It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Jamie will be leaving the band in order to focus more fully on his own musical projects. Jamie is and always will be a part of our family. His influences on this band will be felt for years to come, and we will miss him – but know that there are great things in store for him.
In Jamie’s absence, drummer Bowman Townsend has been touring with us. (You might recognize him from the song “Baby Doe” on our new album RUNAWAY FREEWAY BLUES – that’s him keeping the beat.) Over the past several weeks, we’ve had a blast playing with and getting to know Bowman. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and he’s an incredibly talented drummer.
We are happy to announce that the fun is going to continue … Bowman will be joining us full-time. We’re excited to continue working with him and we know you’re all going to love him. He gets to play his very first Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, so y’all tune in and listen for him … and please help us welcome him to the band!