Mad Cow String Band

This mad group of string-plucking UC Davis alumni coalesced in 2003 and for the rest ensuing years honed their craft, keeping their rabidly enthusiastic Davis fans dancing to the Mad Cow brand of high energy string music. Somewhere along the way, the raw, youthful enthusiasm they poured into their music morphed into a highly skilled bluegrass sound. The band’s tight instrumentation and soaring harmonies captivate the listener and conjure up images of a more perfect time in acoustic music. The boys draw from influences ranging from the slick bluegrass new guards such as Hot Rize, the energetic old-timey sounds of the contemporary Old Crow Medicine Show and the classic high and lonesome of the Stanley/Monroe era, and even the gypsy string swing of Reinhardt and Grappelli. All multi-instrumentalist and song-writing members Tim Delaney, Alex Roth, Danny Chavez and Andy Lentz share the stage and the microphone by swapping instruments, lead vocals and solos on guitar, mandolin, upright bass, banjo and fiddle. Featured part-time member, Sean Feder (Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack), adds the fifth dimension on bass and banjo.

The 16 tracks document a period of time in the band’s history where the boys could be found playing for approving audiences at coffee shops, weddings, dive bars, concert halls, and festival stages, including a tour throughout Europe. The album is made up of original songs, inspired adaptations and fan favorites.

Check out The Mad Cow’s new bands: West Nile Ramblers (Alex Roth), The Heel Draggers (Danny Chavez) and all the Andy Lentz fiddle happenings.