The Cowsills to Release ‘Rhythm of the World,’ First New Album in Nearly 30 Years, 9/30 (Preview)

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Rhythm of the World is the title of a brand new studio album from The Cowsills, the renowned family band/singing group that originally formed in the 1960s, broke through with significant early success and has enjoyed decades of activity since.

The new record, featuring 11 original songs written by Bob Cowsill, Susan Cowsill and Paul Cowsill, will be released on Sept. 30 via Omnivore Recordings. It will be the first release from the group in nearly 30 years.

As a preview, the Cowsills shared the title track:

Per a news release, Bob Cowsill explained the album’s story … which originated due to online interest regarding new material, before that plan took an unexpected turn:

“When we decided to record an album, since we had written 11 songs, we opened up a donor campaign with Pledge Music and set our goal and went down the funding path,” explains Bob Cowsill of the inception of the album.

“Pledge Music went bankrupt with everyone’s money and nobody got a dime. At the same time, Dr. Rock Positano , who became our Executive Producer, is standing on Gull Rock Island in Newport, Rhode Island staring across at the white church steeple we all know so well there and says to his assistant, ‘I need to get a hold of The Cowsills.’ Rock entered our lives, and he backed us, our campaign, our music, our family group, and told us ‘I’m in it to win it.’ With that we embarked upon a new and great relationship and we have not looked back since.”

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The album’s track listing:

1. Ya Gotta Get Up!
2. Lend A Hand
3. Hawks On The Line
4. Every Little Secret
5. Nuclear Winter
6. Rhythm Of The World
7. Largo Nights
8. Goodbye’s Not Forever
9. The Long Run
10. Try To Believe It Too
11. Katrina

More details, from Bob Cowsill: “With a few exceptions we co-wrote the 11 songs for Rhythm Of The World with each other during our Happy Together summer tour. We wrote them in our hotel rooms on our tour bus and in our dressing rooms. From Howard Kaylan’s (The Turtles) exuberant plea with the audience each night of the tour giving us inspiration for ‘Ya Gotta Get Up!’ to ‘Katrina’ (the first-person account of our brother Barry’s death during hurricane Katrina in New Orleans) and all the songs in between, we use melody and harmony to bring some love and the hope of peace to the world. Frank Filipetti was our mix engineer and Greg Calbi mastered it (Rock’s doing) so these songs have passed through the hands and ears of two of the best. Gail Marowitz and Danny Clinch teamed up for a great cover and packaging and with the Omnivore blessing, Rhythm Of The World is now ready for prime time! We are thrilled to be here to claim our legacy and share our music!!!”

The Cowsills also have a number of tour dates coming up in the weeks ahead:

Aug 24 – Effingham, IL @ Effingham Perf. Center*
Aug 25 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman Place*
Aug 26 – Wisconsin Dells, WI @ Crystal Grand Music Theatre*
Aug 28 – Deadwood, SD @ Deadwood Mountain Grand*
Aug 29 – Grand Island, NE @ Nebraska State Fair*
Sept 9 – Somers Point, NJ @ Somers Point Beach Concert – William Morrow Beach
Sept 10 – New York, NY @ The Cutting Room
Nov 1 – Dec 9 – Branson, MO @ The Andy Williams Christmas Show
Dec 10 – Waukesha, WI @ McCombs Performing Arts Center
Mar 23-31 – Miami, FL @ The Flower Power Cruise

*Happy Together Tour w/ The Turtles, The Buckinghams, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Vogues, and The Association

And a bit about The Cowsills’ career and legacy in music and entertainment:

Starting in 1965 as a regional act from Newport, Rhode Island, The Cowsills, who were composed of six siblings, was “founded” by Joda Records owners Danny Sims and reggae/pop singer Johnny Nash (“I Can See Clearly Now”), whom they recorded a handful of singles before signing to MGM Records in 1967. At this point, the group’s mother Barbara and young sister Susan joined the act and they were awarded a Gold record for over one million copies sold of their very first single for MGM, the sublime, “The Rain, The Park & Other Things.” This began a series of chart records that dominated the Top 40 for the next three years. Among the classic Cowsills recordings are “We Can Fly,” “Indian Lake,” “Hair” (from the rock musical Hair), and “Love American Style” (the theme song from the popular ABC-TV show of the same name).

The group recorded and charted with five successful albums during this time period. They had their own comic book published in 1968, and their story was even the inspiration for the popular 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family. They remained a prosperous touring attraction up through 1972.

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