Growing up splitting time between south suburban Chicago and a lake in Southwest Michigan, Brian Bovenizer has always felt the push and pull of the city and the country. This dynamic is apparent in the lyrics and in the airy western groove of the band. While packing the traditional instruments you might find from many country bands, (pedal steel, twangy lead guitar, upright bass and drums) the Koala Cowboys take a loose, off-center approach to the genre.
Residing in Astoria, OR since 2009, Bovenizer has found a peace of mind and home near the ocean. Studying the songwriting style and wit derived from artists such as John Prine and Dr. Hook (Shel Silverstein), Brian has teamed up with a heavy-handed, light-hearted band that carries a vibe the like of masters, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen.
Together, with James Greenan (Cedar Shakes), Jeff Munger (Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside), Luke Ydstie (BP, Hook & Anchor, and also Luke Ydstie) and Olaf Ydstie, the band looks to put out their first recordings early this Summer.