- Pinkard & Bowden
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Pinkard & Bowden
Background = group_or_band
Genre = Country
Years_active = 1984-present
Label = Warner Bros.
Associated_acts = Tim Wilson
Current_members = Richard Bowden
Pinkard & Bowden are an American
country musicduo composed of singer-songwriters Sandy Pinkard and Richard Bowden, both of whom sing in addition to playing guitarand bass guitar. Their music comprises a mix of musical parody and original, humorous songs. Prior to their union, Pinkard had written hit singles for Mel Tillis, Anne Murray, and Vern Gosdin, among others. Between 1984 and 1992, Pinkard & Bowden recorded four albums for the Warner Bros. Recordslabel.
Sandy Pinkard got his start in
Nashville, Tennesseein the mid-1970s. Initially, he planned to become a singer, but after his singing career proved unsuccessful, he turned to songwriting. Among his hits as a writer were "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" (a duet by Shelly Westand David Frizzell), "Coca Cola Cowboy" by Mel Tillis, and "Blessed Are the Believers" by Anne Murray.cite web |url=http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:0ifyxql5ldde~T1 |title=Pinkard & Bowden biography |accessdate=2008-08-24 |last=Brennan |first=Sandra |work= Allmusic] Richard Bowden, meanwhile, had played in a band called Shiloh, whose membership also included Don Henley. After Henley left to form the Eagles, Bowden briefly toured as a member of Roger McGuinn's band, which opened for the Eagles.
Jim Ed Norman, a common friend, introduced Pinkard and Bowden to each other, and the two began writing songs together. After discovering that they were both writing songs that were humorous in nature, the two decided to form a comedy duo, and released their debut album "Writers in Disguise" that year on the
Warner Bros. Recordslabel. This album included their only Top 40 hit on the country charts, "Mama He's Lazy" (a parody of The Judds' "Mama He's Crazy"), as well as other parodies and original songs such as "Libyan on a Jet Plane" (a parody of " Leaving on a Jet Plane"), and "She Thinks I Steal Cars" (a parody of "He Thinks I Still Care").
A live album called "Live!" was released in 1990, with "PG-13" following a year later. 1992 saw the release of their fourth album, "Cousins, Cattle, and Other Love Stories". This album was a split compilation, mixing live and studio tracks. All four albums featured songs that were co-written by Tim Wilson, who would later become a comedian and singer himself in the early 1990s. [cite web |url=http://www.comedycaravan.com/calendars/comics/timwilson.html |title=Tim Wilson |accessdate=2008-08-24 |work=Comedy Caravan]
Pinkard & Bowden have been compared to
Homer & Jethro, a 1960s and 1970s country duo whose act also comprised a mix of parody and original songs. Unlike Homer & Jethro, however, Pinkard & Bowden's material is often profane in nature. Pinkard & Bowden were the first country comedy act to have explicit content warnings on their albums, and they were banned from appearing on The Nashville Network (now Spike TV). [cite web |url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=DP&p_theme=dp&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EAF441116FF2E1C&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM |title=HICK HUMOR Pinkard-Bowden comedy-music act "world-class sick' |accessdate=2008-08-24 |last=Will |first=Ed |date=1994-04-26 |work= The Denver Post] Their parodies are sometimes topical in nature, such as "Friends in Crawl Spaces", a parody of Garth Brooks's " Friends in Low Places" which referenced serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
* [http://www.pinkardandbowden.com Pinkard & Bowden official website]
* [http://www.richardbowden.com Richard Bowden official website]
* [http://www.musiccitytexas.org Music City Texas Theater]
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