ONE UGLY COWBOY (OUC) is an original Toronto based country/rock band that soulfully blends gritty country and in-your-face-rock with their up-beat … sometimes funny and often heartfelt tunes.
Fronted by powerhouse female vocalist ‘Hurricane Jane’ the band consists of seasoned musicians who individually have had major label deals & been a part of JUNO award winning projects.
OUC was formed and founded by
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 artist manager Gerry Tolman (CROSBY, STILLS & NASH) and attorney David Rudich (MONTLEY CRUE).
Richard has written & worked with various JUNO winners over the years. He has opened the show for headliners Bryan Adams, Steppenwolf, Nazareth, Toronto, Headpins, Sheriff, Rick Derringer, The Animals and Pat Travers.
Zwic produced OUC's debut EP ... GET YER UGLY ON
and their first full-length album
RIDE WITH THE WIND.
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.
OUC always delivers a high-energy show with a diverse repertoire packed with commercial well-written original tunes. They also love putting their ‘ugly cowboy spin’ on classic tunes that take country/rock to a whole different level!
OUC’s debut EP ‘Get Yer Ugly On’ was released in 2015. First full-length album released in 2020. Voted #1 by listeners at Canadian Indie Country Countdown (Jan. & May 2021) Voted #1 by listeners at Music Road Radio in Missouri and won the ‘Listener’s Number One Choice for New Country Artist’ in Nov. 2015. Nov. 2017 they were featured on the cover of CrankIt Up Magazine. December 2018 they were voted MUSIC GROUP OF THE YEAR at Florida Country Radio.
Live show highlights include being a part of the line-ups at such festivals as Havelock Country Jamboree, Boothill Country Jamboree, Smoke 'N Spurs, CNE (Northern Comfort Saloon 2 consecutive years) & have opened for such artists as George Canyon, (Eric Ethridge & The Washboard Union) & River Town Saints.
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.