It’s not often you find an instrument of such beauty in a metal shop.
But that’s exactly what’s happening in this New Orleans metal band, The Cowbell Instrument.
This band, comprised of three members and a drummer, has built an entire career from their humble beginnings in 2012.
“We were very fortunate that we got this opportunity to play the small room in the basement of our local garage,” drummer John S. Lewis said in an interview with The Hill.
“It was like we had an entire studio set up.”
Lewis started playing electric guitars in high school, and quickly discovered his guitar was very different from the acoustic guitars he’d been playing in high schools.
“I didn’t realize how good an instrument I was actually playing until I started playing with these guys,” Lewis said.
In addition to the brass instruments, Lewis has also built an arsenal of other instruments, including drums, basses, guitars, and mandolins.
The Cowbills instruments are available for purchase through their website, www.thecowbellinstitute.com, as well as at local metal and folk shows.
They recently announced that their first album, The Whiskey Cowbell, is on sale through Amazon.
But the band is already on the road with a series of shows throughout the month of March.
They’re also selling new, limited edition versions of their first three albums, The Whistlebells and The Whisperbells 2, for $29.99 on their website.
Lewis and his bandmates also host a monthly show at their home on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. that features the bands own guitar solos.
The show also features performances from local bands like The Chariots and The Big Mutha.
And Lewis and S.L. Lewis have made it clear that they have no plans to stop playing.
“This is our life,” Lewis told The Hill, before adding, “The only thing we want to do is continue to play.”