Mad Cow String Band – Live At The Delta of Venus

Mad Cow String Band - Live At The DOV

  • 1. Dusty Box Car Wall
  • 2. Road to Columbus
  • 3. I’ve Been All Around This World
  • 4. You Wrecked My Wallet
  • 5. Reuben
  • 6. Mad Hoss
  • 7. Workin’ on a Building
  • 8. Rosie Day
  • 9. Why You Been Gone So Long
  • 10. Elsie’s Reel
  • 11. Feast Here Tonight
  • 12. Goin’ Away to Roam
  • 13. Whiskey Before Breakfast / The Sinners Have Come
  • 14. Ida Red
  • 15. Minor Swing
  • 16. All of Me


With the release of “Live at the Delta of Venus”, the hard playing Davis, CA string band has returned to their roots to record their debut album. 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, 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. This release has once again offered indisputable evidence they are the freshest and most exciting live band on the Davis/Sacramento bluegrass/acoustic scene.

Review from “The Big Takeover” Issue 60:

“On their debut recording Davis, CA’s Cows have the intense loose feel of a jug band, though they use a string bass rather than a jug for the bottom end. Recorded live with their fingers on fire and lots of talk about beer, the five of them trade off on banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, vocals and are joined by Keith Cary on lap steel. They’ve got nice harmonies and great chops and on the 11-½ minutes of string fury that is “Whisky Before Breakfast” they even include a banjo head drum solo. They cover bluegrass tunes by Bill Monroe, folk by Eric Andersen , country by Mickey Newbury and gypsy jazz by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli , plus some old-time traditional tunes and originals. Very impressive and fun.”