Pig Records is pleased to announce the release of It’s A Sin,
the first CD in four years from Vancouver’s Cousin Harley,
and touted as the best one yet. With the exception of two obscure
covers, the seamless amalgam of rockabilly, surf, spaghetti western
themes, Tex-Mex and western swing were all penned by Paul Pigat.
draws from a wide and eclectic range of tastes, but is partial to
the Merle Travis style of picking. His virtuoso guitar skills set
him apart as one of the few guitarists able to do the style justice.
His devotion to expanding on this particular musical style coupled
with a relentless touring schedule have created an erudite sophistication
in his writing. “I wanted to take the music out of the realm
of revivalists, infuse it with various types of roots music and
mutate it with balls-to-wall rock’n’roll all with the
volume cranked up to eleven,” explains Pigat.
A Sin is firmly rooted in the era that Paul Pigat likes the best
- a time when guitar virtuosity was taken to a stratospheric level
and music lovers expected no less. The seemingly effortless way
that Pigat attacks such complex material is nothing short of astounding.
tour highlights to date include Paul Pigat’s series of acclaimed
shows at Winter Namm in Los Angeles with Gretsch Guitars, a tour
of The Netherlands and Belgium with Jim Byrnes and The Sojourners
and Cousin Harley’s Australian debut at the Byron Bay Bluesfest
on Easter weekend. The band will hit the road in support of this
new CD with a tour of both Western Canada and Europe in July.
Harley features guitar ace Paul Pigat on vocal and guitar slingin’
duties, crazed upright bass player Keith Picot and noted jazz drummer
Jesse Cahill pounding the rock steady beats. The three piece combo
was featured at the 2009 Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekender and
caused more than a few mouths to gape and eyeballs to pop.
always a few guitar players in any scene who are looked up at by
the rest. Guitarist Pigat is one such figure.” - The Province.
Harley is the rocking hillbilly persona of Paul
Pigat, an extraordinary guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. Hailing
from Vancouver, Canada, Cousin Harley has a hard-earned reputation
for delivering everything from hot rod rockabilly to foot stomping
vintage country and western swing.
Cousin Harley style is deeply rooted in the playing of Les Paul,
Charlie Christian and Link Wray with a modern twist to create a
style that is exhilarating in its intensity, yet at the same time
fluid and precise. Paul’s creative use of tone and dynamics
is a hallmark of everything he plays, and his sense of rhythm is
both sophisticated and dead on.
versatile artist, with projects ranging from delta blues to classical
music, Paul Pigat has recorded and toured with the likes of Neko
Case, Michael Kaeshammer, and Carolyn Mark and has shared the stage
with Taj Mahal, Mae Moore, Lee Aaron, the Blind Boys of Alabama,
Joshua Redman, Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys, Aaron Neville, Jim
Byrnes, Ndidi Onukwulu, Zubot & Dawson and more.
superb talent as a guitarist is matched by his vocal abilities;
a warm baritone equally at home singing flat-out rockers and relaxed
Harley showcases the swing, rockabilly, blues and jazz elements
that makes it truly unique in the roots music world. From classic
honky tonk and cow punk tinged rippers, to a helping of western
swing and classic jump blues, Cousin Harley plays in the old tradition—slugging
it out hot and heavy in the trenches of the live music scene.
three members of Cousin Harley are festival favourites, together
and individually, and bring extensive collaborative and improvisational
experience to any workshop stage. From traditional to experimental,
across multiple genres, these three talented musicians make it work.