Austin rockers Cowboy Diplomacy release the rugged “Mountain Man” on Friday, November 22, the third and final single in advance of their debut album Burn Down The Road, out December 13th, and Madness To Creation is happy to premiere “Mountain Man” by Cowboy Diplomacy the day before it’s released!


“Mountain Man” follows the narrative of someone who feels uneasy trying to navigate city life, misses the peace and solitude of nature, and is trying to survive and find love on a small budget. He may have “mud on his shirt and dirt in his nails” but he’s much more than that.


“A mountain man is an individual that’s rough and tough around the edges but a gentleman at heart” says frontman Ian Cochran. “A guy who wants to treat his lady like a queen, loves to be old fashioned, loves nature and animals, and feels out of place in a city.”

It’s a modern day rock anthem about two people from different walks of life. Will they find connection and common ground or will material things and status interfere?

Sings Cohran, “Hey girl I’ve cleaned up my act / And that’s a matter of fact / You’ve been the one from the start / You got my country boy heart.” The song closes with Cochran wailing “mountain man” over howling electric guitar that takes a brief pause before turning feverish. It’s a full throttle declaration of the self and of longing.


“Mountain Man” was written by Ian Cochran and Philip DeVries, recorded and produced by Eric Harrison and Michael Ingber of Studio 601 and mastered by Will Borza and Howie Weinberg.


About Cowboy Diplomacy

Cowboy Diplomacy deliver unrestrained, invigorating southern rock and blues out of Austin, TX that captivate audiences with their unconventional style and raw lyrics. Frontman Ian Cochran’s singular growl-like vocals draw listeners in, while the band’s energy and music keeps them hooked. The band draws influences from classic rock acts like AC/DC and Red Hot Chili Peppers, along with a mix of influences from some members San Diego roots, and immersion in the Austin music scene. Evident within their robust sound are traces of notable bands such as Rival Sons, Kaleo, Kings of Leon of which the band draws comparisons.


The band’s raw yet classic sound has quickly established the band as one-to-watch.  Accolades include being selected as one of Black Fret’s 2017 nominees, Voted “Best Band of Austin” 2017 in Austin Monthly, voted runner-up “Best New Band” in the 2016 Austin Chronicle poll


  • Runner-Up Best Austin Band 2019 – The Austin Chronicle

  • Runner-Up Best Performing Group-Rock 2019 – The Austin Chronicle

  • Runner-Up Best Male Vocals Ian Cochran 2019 – The Austin Chronicle

  •  “20 Austin Bands To Watch In 2018” – Culture Collide

  • Voted “Best Band of ATX” 2017 – Austin Monthly

  • Runner-Up “Best New Band” 2016 – Austin Chronicle


Cowboy Diplomacy released their debut single “Follow Me” in January 2017 and in August 2019 released “The Get Down,” their first single in two years. On December 13th they will release their debut album, Burn Down The Road.

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