Listeners should be wary of the self-deprecating impression given by a Gary Larsonesque cartoon on the cover, the lampoonish attire, or the title of the CD, Too Hick for the Room. Bruce Forman, legendary jazz guitarist and founder of the JazzMasters Workshop, put Cow Bop together with some top notch talent. Their first CD debuted in 2004 and charted in four genres. Joining Forman are fiddler Phil Salazar, bass man Alex King, drummer Jake Reed, and lead vocalist, Pinto Pammy. Pammy’s voice is a strong character-filled instrument that satisfies and turns heads. You have to pay attention. She’s such a refreshing change from the weak adolescent-sounding female singers so prevalent on the airwaves today!

Too Hick for the Room features these guests: legendary jazz pianist Roger Kellaway, saxman Allen Mezquida, trombonist Andy Marti, and B-3 organist Joe Bagg. While jazz fans will find lots to like about this CD, tracks 5 and 6 will stand out as they feature the sax and trombone respectively.

“San Antonio Rose” opens the show and leads into the Mexican love song, “Besame Mucho” — both of which will get your toe tapping and convinces you to stay tuned for the even dozen tracks. While Forman’s guitar drives most of the tracks, don’t miss the tributes paid to the likes of Django Reinhardt, Peggy Lee, and Patsy Cline. Pinto Pammy pays sincere homage to women singers of days gone by while remaining true to her own style. She’s got that smooth lounge singer sway in her phrasing and timing that is seductive and sensuous.

Enjoy the variety of Cow Bop’s third CD as they take on the hottest jazz, the coolest swing, fierce bluegrass and down home honky tonk. Too Hick for the Room is on the CD Baby label and available as MP3 download from Amazon now, with a street date of June 9, 2011.

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