When he was about three-quarters of the way through a bottle of red, Nic Cowan wrote the song “Cheap Wine.”
“This girl I used to date used to drink that same wine all the time,” he says. “I guess it brought back some memories of that girl.”
Cowan tunes such as “Wrong Side” hinge on acoustic picking, mandolin flicker and the Atlanta-based singer's limber, brown voice. Right now, Cowan's seated in his touring vehicle, a red Suburban nicknamed Wynonna.
Zac Brown is your producer. Has he ever let you touch one of his Grammys?
I have touched both of them, I'm proud to say. He's got one at his house on a little podium in his foyer, and he has the one he just won in his office.
Approximately how heavy is a Grammy? About as heavy as a softball? A six-pack?
I didn't pick it up and hold it. I just kind of touched it. I didn't want to go grabbing it and throwing it around.
Most you've ever spent on a bottle of wine?
I guess about $40. That wine (in the song “Cheap Wine”) is an actual wine here in Atlanta and it's actually called Cheap Wine and it's like $6.50 a bottle.
In “Wrong Side,” you sing about how this girl drives a Mercedes and you drive a Buick LeSabre. Have you ever owned a LeSabre?
It was actually a car my dad had. My first car was actually an '88 Cutlass Supreme.
If you could party with any Atlanta sports figure, who would it be?
It would we cool to hang out with Chipper Jones and shoot the shit and drink a couple beers.
Just don't take him to Hooters. That got him into trouble once. Your bio compares your voice to Chris Robinson's. Your favorite Black Crowes tune?
“Thorn In My Pride.” It's more acoustically driven and lyrically I really relate to that song.
Has anyone ever told you that you resemble “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier?
(Laughs.) I get that on occasion. It's funny though, because I've looked this way my whole life.
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