|Artist Name:||The Cousin Brothers|
|Years Active:||2005 - Present|
|Long Ben -- banjo, guitar, tuba, nose flute, vocals
Bagdade Dave -- guitar, mandolin, vocals
Vickery Kevin -- bass, ukelele, vocals
Yelton T.R. -- drums
The Cousin Brothers have blazed their own trail, bringing their unique blend of rocked-up bluegrass and grassed-up rock and country to enthusiastic audiences. Voted Indianapolis' number one country band (and number two folk band) by the readers of Nuvo Magazine, the Cousin Brothers look forward to furthering their goal of world domination through power-grass.Since their inception in the fall of 2004, The Cousin Brothers have established themselves as a force in the central Indiana music scene. It is their unique blend of bluegrass, rock, country and comedy that has won them the respect of their musical peers and makes their high-energy live show a must-see experience that keeps audiences coming back for more. In 2005, founding members Ben Long and Kevin Vickery joined forces with percussionist T.R. Yelton, whose train beats augmented their sound and helped them to take power grass music to a new level. Later that year, the band added The latest addition the line-up is Dave Bagdade, a veteran bluegrass guitarist and vocalist, giving The Cousin Brothers three solid lead voices and two, multi-instrumental soloists. Their collaborative vocals incorporate influences ranging from Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Lester Flatt, on the one hand, to Jerry Garcia, Tom Petty and James HetfieldThe Cousin Brothers' first studio project, entitled $200 Demo, is an eleven-song look into the group's influences in rock and roll and country with "grassed up" remakes of such songs as Nine Inch Nails' "Closer," Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and Skid Row's "I Remember You," alongside more traditional bluegrass material. Rounding out the album is an original track entitled "Pre-op Tranny", a comedic look at an uncle going through a sex change. Since the release of $200 Demo, The Cousin Brothers have focused on writing new material for their forthcoming original CD. In 2006, the band completed its second recording, a 2-song CD single entitled "What a Rack," with all proceeds going to raise money for breast cancer related charities. In November 2007, the band released "The Stuck n' Gunner Sessions," an 11-track compilation of radio performances. Since September 2006, The Cousin Brothers have made weekly appearances on "The Stuck n Gunner Show" and "Stuck in the Morning"on X103, WRZX-FM, to perform their original material as well as a weekly Colts rally song during the 2006, 2007 and 2008 NFL seasons.