You may think you know what veteran Texas musician Bob Livingston is up to, but COWBOYS & INDIANS defies expectations at every turn. Unlike the children’s game, these cowboys and Indians are allies, not enemies, and the Indians come from India, not the Wild West. Livingston got the idea for the group while he was in India for a U.S. State Department cultural exchange tour. Local musicians, using their indigenous instruments, sat in almost every night. Everyone mixed themes, influences, rhythms, instrumentation, and insights from both East and West. They played songs & yodels from Texas and ragas & chants from India. A newspaper in New Delhi called it “country 'n eastern music” and “the Wild East!”
Inspired by these experiences, Livingston wanted to take the sounds and charm of the Indian shows back to Texas. He got together with an old songwriting friend, Bobby Bridger and they wrote new songs and tossed around ideas for a show in Texas schools and theaters. The concept for COWBOYS & INDIANS began to take shape and some great musicians, drawn from the vibrant Austin international musical community, joined up.
The COWBOYS & INDIANS play in theaters, clubs, schools and other venues throughout Texas. "This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department." Over 45,000 students in Texas have seen the show. Livingston and Bridger are developing the show into a full fledged musical and plan to present it in 2024 at a local Austin theater. This unique combination of eastern & western music and lore is a cultural sharing experience: guitars and sitars, incense and cactus, boots & bare feet, Mahatma Gandhi & Sitting Bull meet Buddy Holly & Ravi Shankar!
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I enjoyed every second of your performance tonight. Congratulations on manifesting your concept beyond all expectations!
Superbly talented musicians, astounding vocals, and delightful interpretive dancing.
Truly a "transcendental" experience.
A unique fusion and inspiring jam of Country and Indian sounds, with nods to George Harrison, Buddy Holly, Bob Wills, and Arlo Guthrie.
Bob Livingston offers up this treasure of a concert with plenty of wit, charm, and love. Inspiring evening! Thank you all!
— Nancy De La Zerda, San Antonio audience