Friday, January 21, 2011

Cowboy and Indian Head West

Cowboy and Indian - Ledbellies (Hurt My Pride) from William Cabral on Vimeo.

West Coast music fans are soon going to have the chance to check out one of the most talked about new bands on the Austin music scene when Cowboy & Indian ride out for a 20-date tour, including dates at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

The rootsy trio began when Jazz Mills (T-Bird and the Breaks) got together with Jesse Plemons to write their first song. The collaboration took off and before long the pair was drawing major buzz at SXSW. Daniel James (frontman of SF based "Leopold and His Fiction") soon joined the band to complete the trio.

“We came together out of nowhere and were immediately inspired by one another,” Mills said. The band immediately put that inspiration to work, by recording their first song, “Hurt My Pride.” With Daniel in San Francisco and Jazz and Jesse in Austin, the bulk of the song was written over the phone. Yet when it came time to record, the chemistry was obvious to all. “We tracked the song as soon as we arrived in San Francisco,” James said, “and did it from the ground up, recording in living rooms, bedrooms and closets.”

The band is currently working its first full-length album, produced by James and due out this spring. They recently recorded a video of "Hurt My Pride” (featured on while on their cross-country tour, using playful footage captured in Chicago and on the banks of Lake Michigan. The band’s song “Trouble Tracks” was recently featured in an episode of the NBC hit series Parenthood.