12 Mar : There is a “Hindu Cowboys” band in USA, based in Orlando metro area of Florida, with “Om” as part of their logo.
Formed in 1998, this band has received world-wide critical acclaim and airplay. Besides Florida, they have also performed in Tennessee. Their CDs include “Live After Five”, and their music was added to the soundtrack for “Altered”—a sci-fi movie by the director of “The Blair Witch Project.”
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged the “Hindu Cowboys” to record an album of Bhajans based on ancient Hindu scriptures.Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that the elements of musical theory were first found in Sama-Veda. By the end of the 11th century, there were several hundred distinct schools of Hindu music; one authority even specified the precise number to be 784.
According to “Great Blue Heron Music Festival” site where the band is performing in Sherman (New York) on July 2-3: Hindu Cowboys sound is rich with folk, traditional string band and organic corn-fed roots music all topped off with retro-country gravy. Their live sets are often mixed with old school country (pre 1976) and classic rock reinvented Hindu Cowboys style. Founding members of the band are Joseph Martens (acoustic guitar and lead vocals), Craig Roy (string bass) and DiGeorge (electric guitar)—whose musical roots come from Nashville, the Southwest corner of New York State and to Bulgaria respectively.
This year, besides this New York Festival, Hindu Cowboys shows are scheduled for various places in Florida and West Virginia.