One Ugly Cowboy (OUC) was formed and founded in Toronto by powerhouse vocalist
JANE SOWERBY and guitarist RICHARD ZWIC.
Jane honed her chops fronting various bands including ‘A TRIBUTE TO JANIS JOPLIN’ and eventually landed in Los Angeles where she was repped by veteran business manager Gerry Tolman (CROSBY, STILLS & NASH) and David Rudich (MONTLEY CRUE).
Richard was bandleader/principal songwriter for JUNO WINNER Lydia Taylor. He has opened the show for headliners Bryan Adams, Steppenwolf, Nazareth, Toronto, Headpins, Sheriff, Rick Derringer, The Animals and Pat Travers.
Sowerby/Zwic have been songwriting together for years but their independent careers took precedent (Sowerby is an award winning actor with over 100 film/TV credits) but in 2014 while sitting in their home recording studio they decided to get the tunes off the shelf.
…The hunt was on to find players to complete One Ugly Cowboy.
Serendipitously a few days later while at Long and McQuade Richard ran into old friend
ROB KENNEDY (lead guitarist for numerous recording acts including MICHAEL FURY (Passport/A&M) REFUGEE (Chrysalis & Polygram Records) MYLES HUNTER (Island/MCA)). Rob had recently become more involved with lap steel and mandolin and was a perfect addition to One Ugly Cowboy.
A rhythm section was the next call to action. An ad was posted and first on board was bass player: RICK OTTENBRITE (Eyes of Alice (ALICE COOPER), Guesswhomania, Fleetwood Dreams & El Grande (ZZ TOP). Rick has also shared the stage with the likes of DAVID WILCOX, KIM MITCHELL, DOUG & THE SLUGS and country star JOHN LANDRY.
...Then drummer MIKE MANN (The Spoons, JUNO Award Winner Anthony Vanderburg, Q107 winner Mark James Fortin, Shattervox & The Monroes...(to name a few))...completed the band.
One Ugly Cowboy’s wealth of experience both musically and in life makes them a band that will not only uplift their audience but more importantly leave them with moments to remember. They soulfully blend gritty country and in-your-face-rock with their up-beat, sometimes funny and often, heartfelt tunes.
Their debut EP released (September 2015) hopes to inspire their audiences to join them on their journey and embrace their mission statement:
‘Live your dreams and never give up…get yer ugly on!’