Cosmic Cowboy Revival is the host of Live 'n' Kickin' Orlando
Cosmic Cowboy Revival and What is Americana Music.
CCR is a band that performs Americana music. The best way I can explain Americana music is that it combines rock, country, and bluegrass. What gives it away is normally no electric guitars, electric keyboards or horns but includes amplified acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, Dobro, drums and bass. Some current examples are Steve n' Seagulls, Dead South, The Cleverlys, Hayseed Dixie and Goodnight Texas.
The genre first began to be formalized in the late 1990's at the famous South by Southwest festival in Austin Texas. Out of that came the Americana Music Association whose festival and convention has now grown by 2008 to a four day event in the Ryman Auditorium (the old Grand Old Opry). In 2009 the Recording Academy added Americana as a musical category.
CCR consists of Bruce Andersen (vocals, guitar, Dobro, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica, Tom Haller (vocals, bass), and Gary Mellen, fiddle. Amanda Lyn (lead voval) joins in from time to time as a guest co-host.
Bruce Andersen, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro and Harmonica
Bruce Andersen started playing the guitar when he first heard Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 revisited. Soon afterwards the wheel was discovered. After several bands he ended in the Sound Caravan that played in clubs in South Florida. Later in Gainesville he played in many local bands and even opened for Tom Petty as a small claim to fame. Many years later he formed the Bluesbusters who played in Orlando area clubs and released three original cd’s. After that he performed a Neil Young Tribute for several years. Recently he formed the Cosmic Cowboy Revival, an Americana band where he now plays the guitar, harmonica, banjo, mandolin and Dobro.
Tom Haller, Bass
Tom was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1961. He picked up the guitar as a freshman at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Influence by the great Chicago blues scene like Muddy Water and B.B.King. Prior to playing bass in the Cosmic Cowboy Revival, he played in the Markham Presbyterian Church band in Orlando, Florida
Guest Co-Host: Amanda Lyn Hornberger, Vocals
Hey there! I’m Amanda Lyn, and my current city is Orlando, Florida. I like to consider my music rockabilly, but I’m also influenced by folk, country and singer/songwriter music. My biggest inspiration is Elvis Presley, and I love the style of the Sun Studio recordings. I guess I’m just a sucker for a story of the underdog winning the day! It’s incredible to me that a group of poor boys from the South got together, sang what they felt and changed the world of music forever. I recently teamed up with mandolin and guitar player Matt from the Americana band, Beemo, and I'm loving playing duo gigs with him.
I started performing in musicals when I was young, and I studied musical theatre at the University of Central Florida. Singing has always been my greatest passion! I’ve been lucky enough to work on stage professionally, and I have gotten the chance to perform with Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Cody Ray Slaughter several times. I am also a Marilyn Monroe tribute artist, and I speak German.
I just released a new EP called "Timeless"! Check it out on my music page.
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Guest Co-Host: Elizabeth Ward Vocal and guitar
Elizabeth is a down to earth singer/ songwriter who got her start performing folk, country, and bluegrass music in the hills of northeast Tennessee. With a Bachelor of Arts in Bluegrass, Old time, & Country Music Studies, she has spent the last few years performing with various Bluegrass and Country bands in cities like that of Johnson City, TN and Asheville, NC.
She has played at many venues through her career including The Paramount Theatre in Bristol, TN, Tin Roof in Orlando, FL, the Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festival in Lake Lure, NC, and at the Opry Mills Mall in Nashville, TN. Elizabeth has been featured in Florida's Winter Garden Magazine and has been featured in an interview with WPRK 91.5's "State of the Scene" show with Frankie Messina - as well as a few other interviews and podcasts.
She currently resides in the tourist hot- spot of Orlando, FL where she performs solo and with bands at local venues. Her repertoire includes originals and covers in a style best described as Americana.
She pairs her voice with just a guitar and ukulele but holds a powerful performance on stage. Some describe her music as "Tennessee Soul". Elizabeth’s music and songwriting are comparable to that of singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile and holds influences from artists such as Gillian Welch and Ingrid Michaelson as well. Her unique vocals are what carry this musician, however, and show off her time studying country artists like Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline.