Brent Cowles

Proud Larry's Presents...

Brent Cowles

Zachariah Lloyd

Sun · March 31, 2019

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm


This event is 18 and over

Brent Cowles
Brent Cowles
“HOW TO BE OKAY ALONE.” That’s what Brent Cowles scribbled in a notebook one afternoon as he grappled with the complexities of his newfound independence. It was meant to be the start of a list, a survival guide for navigating the solitude and loneliness of our increasingly isolated world, but instead, it turned out to be a dead end recipe for writer’s block.

“I realized then that I actually didn’t know how to be okay alone,” reflects the Denver native. “But I also realized that it was okay not to know.”

A deeply honest, intensely personal portrait, the record channels loss and anxiety into acceptance and triumph as Cowles learns to make peace with his demons and redirect his search for satisfaction inwards. Blurring the lines between boisterous indie rock, groovy R&B, and contemplative folk, the music showcases both Cowles’ infectious sense of melody and his stunning vocals, which seem to swing effortlessly from quavering intimacy to a soulful roar as they soar atop his exuberant, explosive arrangements.

Growing up, Cowles first discovered the power of his voice singing hymns at his father’s church in Colorado Springs. Having a pastor for a parent meant heavy involvement in religious life, but Cowles never quite seemed to fit in. At 16 he fell in love with secular music; at 17 he recorded his first proper demos in a friend’s basement; at 18 he was married; at 19 he was divorced. Meanwhile, what began as a solo musical project blossomed into the critically acclaimed band You Me & Apollo, which quickly took over his life. The Denver Post raved that the group created “some of the most exciting original music in Colorado,” while Westword proclaimed that their live show was a “clinic in roots rock mixed with old-school swing and blues,” and Seattle NPR station KEXP hailed “Cowles’ Otis Redding and Sam Cooke inspired vocals.” The band released two albums and toured nationally before they called it quits and amicably went their separate ways.

The parting was a necessary but difficult one for Cowles. In the ensuing months and years, he would find himself alone more than ever before, at one point living out of his Chevy Tahoe just to make ends meet. But rather than break him, the experience only strengthened his resolve, and ‘How To Be Okay Alone’ finds him thriving in the driver’s seat as a solo artist, making the most of solitude while still appreciating that it’s only human to need love and friendship.

“Hell if I know how to be okay alone,” Cowles reflects on it all with a laugh. “All I know is that I’m grateful for the people that I have, because I don’t think that anyone can get through this life by themselves.”
Zachariah Lloyd
Zechariah Lloyd is a new face bringing a fresh sound to the Blues. He was born in Choctaw territory of North Mississippi - raised on cornbread and Jesus by a drummer and piano player in the south-delta regions of Vicksburg, MS.

Being a drummer first, he cut his teeth learning drums on Zeppelin, Skynyrd, and Molly Hatchet records he found in his uncle's old collection.

After high school, he set out west, ending up in Alaska for work and popped back up in North Mississippi a year later with an acoustic guitar, long hair, and some new sounds.

While developing his own thing on guitar, he steadily worked himself in the music scene. He is currently working on his first record, which is to be released sometime towards the end of the year. He is steadily on the road and available for dates. To check availability, please go to the website:

Some artists that he has shared the stage with are: Eric Deaton, Garry, Duwayne, and Kent Burnside, Kenny Brown, Cameron Kimbrough, Blind Mississippi Morris, Bill "Howlin Mad" Perry, Scott Albert Johnson, Rob Jungklas, national touring acts Cary Hudson, Bret Mosley, and In July of 2013, shared the bill with legendary Johnny Winter at the Oxford Blues Festival.

His major influences: Andy Mckee, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Led Zeppelin, The Derek Trucks Band, Allman Bros., Jose Gonsalez, John Mayer, Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside, The Black Crowes, and the North Mississippi All stars.
Venue Information:
Proud Larry's
211 S Lamar Blvd
Oxford, MS, 38655