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COUSIN HARLEY RELEASE LATEST CD - "THE DUTCH SESSIONS" (October 2015)

Dutch Sessions cover

Canada's rockabilly heroes Cousin Harley are back with their fifth release, The Dutch Sessions, recorded direct-to-tape in the village of Schipluiden in The Netherlands, over the course of three rainy days off on their 2013 European tour. Paul Pigat, Keith Picot, and Jesse Cahill take us on a rollicking romp through the repertoire from their live show, paying homage to many of the great artists who have inspired them over the years. It's stripped down, primitive and bristling with the energy and attitude for which this trio is famous. Gritty baritones, twanging guitars, slapping bass and kicking drums abound!

The Dutch Sessions is available worldwide physically and digitally from numerous online partners, iTunes, and CD Baby. And you can always pick one up at a Cousin Harley show or your local record store.!

And if you're anywhere near Vancouver on November 7, you won't want to miss the CD release party at the Fox Cabaret.

PAUL PIGAT NOMINATED FOR AMERIPOLITAN MUSIC AWARD (December 2014)

Ameripolitan Awards

Paul Pigat has been nominated in the "Rockabilly Male" category in the 2015 Ameripolitan Music Awards. He'll be performing in Austin, Texas leading up to the awards night. More details on the performances are still to be determined but will be updated as soon as they are booked.

Please help promote Paul's music by voting for him at the Ameripolitan website at www.ameripolitan.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ameripolitanmusic.

The voting opens on December 6 and runs until January 2, 2015 so don't delay!

B'HIKI BOP - COUSIN HARLEY'S NEW ALBUM (April 2013)

Cousin Harley B'Hiki Bop cover

Here it is — Cousin Harley's first all-instrumental recording! Band leader Paul Pigat and Cousin Harley fans alike have waited for B'Hiki Bop for a long, long time. Twelve original tracks (and one smokin' cover) bring classic western swing, hotrod country, surf, psychobilly, lounge, and westcoast jump blues all together. The CD is musically and sonically diverse, bristling with breaks that give each member of this powerhouse trio a chance to shine.

Paul's guitar, along with Keith Picot's doghouse bass and Jesse Cahill's drums, create a wide palate of tones by utilizing almost everything in their arsenal. From Gretschy twang to blistering Telecaster, not to mention a healthy dose of classic 8 string steel guitar and an unusual treatment of electric 12 string (à la western swing virtuoso Jimmy Bryant), this outing is unique in the Cousin Harley catalogue. The relentless B'Hiki Bop will keep listeners on the edge of their seats. Followers of Cousin Harley wouldn't have it any other way!

Check out the Store page to find out where to get your copy today!

Get your tickets now for the CD Release Party, June 8 at the WISE Hall in Vancouver!

Download our press release (887kb pdf)

IT'S A SIN - NEW ALBUM AND TOUR (July 2010)

Cousin Harley's fifth album, It's A Sin was released in Canada on May 18th, 2010. As usual, the well-travelled band are continuing on the road in support of the record in July and beyond. Dates include a Western Canadian swing and several European tour dates. Be sure to check the Upcoming Shows section of our website for a performance near you.

It's A Sin is currently available in Vancouver, BC at Red Cat Records or for mail order and digital download online at cdbaby.com and iTunes.

The first six months of 2010 have been busy ones for Paul. He finished a series of acclaimed shows at NAMM in Los Angeles, CA on behalf of Gretsch Guitars, toured the Netherlands and Belgium with renowned bluesman Jim Byrnes and gospel phenoms The Sojourners, and debuted Cousin Harley in Australia at The Byron Bay Blues Fest. Paul shows no signs of slowing down for the latter half of the year as he not only continues to tour Cousin Harley, but to also lend his guitar prowess to various projects in Vancouver.

BOXCAR CAMPFIRE AVAILABLE NOW! (November 2009)

Paul's latest album is available now through Vancouver's Red Cat Records! We are in the process of securing digital distribution in the near future as well. Don't miss the fantastic CD Release Party, Saturday November 14th at the St. James Hall in Vancouver. Check here for details and check the Projects page to hear some samples.

BOXCAR CAMPFIRE (October 2009)

Boxcar Campfire CD
Paul's much-anticipated acoustic singer/songwriter release should be ready within the next few weeks. Click here for a PDF information sheet. The CD release party will be at the St. James Hall in Vancouver on November 14th.

PAUL PIGAT GUITAR CLINICS (October 2009)

Check out the Upcoming Shows page for dates to see Paul and his 'Master Class' clinics in conjunction with Gretsch® Guitars! Marvel at the tone from his Gretsch® Black Falcon!

COUSIN HARLEY FINISHING UP LATEST ALBUM (August 2009)

Paul, as well as bandmates Jesse Cahill (drums) and Keith Picot (upright bass) are in the final stages of recording their soon-to-be-released fourth studio album "Its A Sin". Expect a sizzling mix of rock 'n roll, vintage country, swing, bebop and blues that only Cousin Harley can deliver. Check back for release details and song samples soon!

PAUL PIGAT NAMED GRETSCH® GUITARS ENDORSEE (June 2009)

From the Gretsch® Guitars website

"Gretsch® could not possibly be more excited about welcoming Canadian guitar ace Paul Pigat as the newest Gretsch artist, clinician and family member.

Pigat wowed Gretsch fans at the four-day April 2009 Viva Las Vegas rockabilly event, and did so once again when he stopped by Gretsch guitars headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Thursday, June 4, to play a dazzlingly virtuoso lunchtime set that left listeners' jaws somewhere around their ankles."

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