Susan Cowsill Band Adds Best Roots Rock Award to Vocalist Honors
New Orleans' music magazine OffBeat staged its annual Best of the Beat Awards at
the House of Blues and awarded Susan Cowsill honors for Best Country-Folk-Roots
Rock Band or Performer on January 18. Cowsill also won Best Female Vocalist Honors at an earlier ceremony. The evening’s highlights included a performance by lifetime achievement award winner Wardell Quezergue and his New Orleans Rhythm and Blues Revue featuring guest stars Jean Knight, Dorothy Moore and Shannon McNally.
2008 began with Cowsill garnering top honors in the Big Easy as musical artists still struggle to bring music home almost three years post Katrina. Cowsill suffered devastating personal losses with the death of her older brother, Barry Cowsill, in the floodwaters. She has vowed to stay on and dedicated her OffBeat Awards to the City of New Orleans.
“I am giving these awards back to New Orleans,” Cowsill said. “We will share them as we move forward both in joy and in pain and rebuild this city.”
Susan Cowsill’s solo album Just Believe It won critical praise from titans of the music industry. Besides an uncanny knack for getting to the heart and soul of songwriting, Cowsill’s voice has been praised for her throaty, seasoned vocals. The Washington Post has called Susan Cowsill’s voice an “impressive instrument, hitting the notes-between-the-notes, the subtle tones that are so emotionally complex.”
Susan Cowsill made her initial mark on popular culture at the tender age of eight with The Cowsills, the 60s family pop group that not only scored Top Ten singles The Rain the Park and Other Things, Hair and We Can Fly but also served as the real-life inspiration for TV's fictional Partridge Family. During Susan’s decade with New Orleans’ roots-pop supergroup The Continental Drifters, she won the hearts of discerning listeners with her impassioned vocals and personally charged songwriting, gracing three widely-acclaimed albums and a decade’s worth of riveting performances.
Wet Bank Guide (September 2007) called Susan Cowsill’s Katrina song, Crescent
City Snow, “arguably the best of the lot. It is the anthem we have all been waiting for. To hear it is to want to buy it.” (New Orleans Musicians Relief benefit CD ReDefine)
Susan Cowsill was the Winner in Best Roots Rock category at Big Easy Awards on
April 24, 2007.
Determined by online voting, other winners of the Best of Beat Awards include
Baton Rouge rock band the Eames Era, recipient of the best emerging artist award; Mem Shannon for best blues band or performer; Troy Andrews and Orleans Avenue for best R&B;/funk band or performer; Christian Scott for best contemporary jazz band or performer; and best traditional jazz album; BeauSoleil for best Cajun band or performer.
Susan's powerful video on government inaction after Katrina is available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRjEjkCKASg
Visit Susan Cowsill at http://www.myspace.com/susancowsill