By Eileen Tilson
Like most kids that grew up in Atlanta during the ’90’s, it was not uncommon to see a certain bartender/musician named Zac Brown, playing around at local bars. Most of the time, he would be joined by other musician friends of his such as Sonia Leigh and Nic Cowan. Now we all know what happened to little ole Zac, but did you know that Georgia boy brought his friends along with him? Starting a label, Southern Ground Records, Zac signed his pals and brings them along on the road with his band any chance that he gets. Even though, Nic Cowan may have received a leg up from his bearded friend, there is nothing to say that he couldn’t achieve success all by himself. Having semi-recently released his debut album on Southern Ground, perfectly titled Hardheaded, Cowan’s already being noted for his old school soul sound with remnants of John Lee Hooker and Otis Redding. We chatted with him briefly before his show tomorrow at The Red Palace.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
My dad’s a drummer, so the first gig I ever went to was going to see him play at a club in Tyler, TX. I was five.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?
Red Rocks this past summer when I opened for Zac Brown Band. The only word I can use to explain it is “spiritual.”
What is the best gig you have ever been to?
Honestly, I know I play a lot with Zac Brown Band, but their New Year’s Eve show in Atlanta this past year was the best live show I’ve ever seen.
Gig you would most like to play?
I know it sounds cliché, but I’ve always wanted to play Bonnaroo.
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
My dream gig would be with the Eagles at Red Rocks. I might pass out from the excitement, but they are my all-time favorite band and Red Rocks is my favorite venue.
Catch Nic Cowan Wednesday Feb. 22nd, at The Red Palace Washington, D.C.