Tiki Cowboysis the Ukulele and Percussion music project of Eric 'Baron' Behrenfeld. The Tiki Cowboys are based out of Chicago, Illinois and we perform most year round except in January and February!
Musical influences range from country icons like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash along with rock-country artists like Neil Young and Cowboy Junkies. The island-country sounds of Jimmy Buffet and Kenny Chesney are also very inspirational. The classic R&B sounds of Harry Belefonte and Otis Redding must also be mentioned here for sure! Exotica music by Arthur Lyman, Martin Denny and contemporary artists like the Tikiyaki Orchestra and Hawaiian music by Don Ho, IZ and IMUA are favorites. Bongo music by Preston Epps, "Jah-waiian" music and spaghetti western movie soundtracks are a BIG influence, and so are all the Spy-Jazz-Secret-Agent tunes too. Without a doubt, blues legends like Howlin' Wolf, MuddyWaters and Elmore James are also inspirational artists. Part of the Tiki Cowboys musical "spice" includes a pinch of Carlos Santana Latin rock, a dash of the jam-trance vibe of the Grateful Dead, with a splatter of Pink Floyd, and a good dose of the Ventures surf rock for sure!
Tiki Cowboys latest CD is called Island Dreams, and is available on Compact Disk or by digital download. Thank you for visiting our web page and checking out the music! Aloha!