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cougar ace

Cougar Ace is a genre melting duo, with influences from blues, hard rock and folk. Birthed in 2009, the band has been winning over fans and lonely drifters throughout the Midwest. Joel was born in Park Ridge, Illinois. He played viola, piano and banjo before picking up the guitar. Influenced by too many musical styles to mention, he keeps LPs of John Lee Hooker, Link Wray, Free, Savoy Brown and AC / DC closest to the turntable. Joel’s sound is an organic overdriven approach reminiscent of the late 60’s / early 70’s. He relies heavily on open major chords, dynamics and a hybrid style of playing rhythm and lead simultaneously to fill in the duo’s sound. Shawn, the drummer grew up in Bay City, Michigan where he was influenced by the sounds of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Robert Earl Keen, the Funk Brothers and Bob Seger.

CityBeat recognized the band's latest EP, You Know Why I Brought You Here in their annual Year of Local Recordings 

Cougar Ace is a straight-up, in your face, you better be having a good time because we only live once, hell yeah this is why you came out tonight, rock and roll experience.

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