The Kinchafoonee Cowboys began in December, 1991 in a pecan orchard in Terrell County, GA. The original group consisted of Shane Cannon, Keith Cromartie, Brad Hallford, Chad McGrath, and Glenn Tennyson, who all grew up (and still reside) in the Albany/Leesburg area. The band's name comes from the Kinchafoonee Creek - a tributary of the Flint River that flows through Lee County and Albany.
The band's popularity soon spread to Athens, GA where several members were in college at UGA. The band currently holds records at the Georgia Theatre for most shows played, most sold-out shows, and thanks to the greatest fans in the world, highest bar sales!
Throughout almost 20 years of making music together, the band has had a few lineup changes: In 1998, guitarist Brad left the band and was replaced by "lefty" Chris Scarborough on lead guitar. Later that year, Jason Fuller joined the group adding vocal harmonies and honky-tonk piano. Keith Cromartie, our original drummer, songwriter, and great friend, finally decided to officially retire in 2010. Adam Funk took his place behind the kit.
The Cowboys are favorites around the state of Georgia and play all types of venues from small clubs to large outdoor festivals. The group has shared billing with entertainers such as Alabama, John Anderson, Trisha Yearwood, Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence, Martina McBride, Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band, and many others.
The Kinchafoonee Cowboys have released three studio albums and one live album. The first, Sowega, was recorded in Athens, GA in 1991 at Saturn Recording Studio. Their second album, Deep Dark Water, was recorded in Nashville, TN at the Home Place Studio in 1994. (These first two albums are now sold together as a compilation called 1991-1994). Their third "self-titled" album, Kinchafoonee, was recorded at Maxwell Sound in Athens, GA in 1998. In 2001, Sic 'em Dawgs was released as a single. In 2005, Cowboy Ways: Live at the Georgia Theatre was released and introduced the now infamous, “Smokey Beaver”. Although hard copies of many of these albums have sold out, individual songs are available on Itunes. The Kinchafoonee Cowboys continue to play music venues, festivals, weddings, county fairs, private parties, and honky-tonks throughout the state of Georgia.