Band/Artist Name: The Cowards Choir

Recommended if you like: Lord Huron, Ryan Adams, Hiss Golden Messenger, Paul Simon

Story behind your band/artist name: Andy Zipf is taking a new name: The Cowards Choir. "It took me a few years to figure things out. I'm grateful for the time I've had to chip away at some edges. Now I'm ready to begin again." Zipf has always been committed to growth. He's taken that ethic to stages and street corners across the US, and has not gone unnoticed. Zipf's music continues to surface on network television and in independent films, and has participated in campaigns with ONE and To Write Love On Her Arms. Turning to the people, he has consistently utilized his fan-base to support tours, fund albums, and share his story via direct social media connection. Zipf rewards that loyalty with an unwavering commitment to creating music rooted in honesty. He gets on the floor at shows and sings from the back row. He turns the room into a cinema, coats every surface with colors and old film. Zipf doesn't believe in playing music, rather immersing the audience in it. He is constantly looking for ways to create an experience that taps into equal parts rock and roll and big tent revival. After a highly successful PledgeMusic campaign, The Cowards Choir will release NAME THE FEAR in May of 2016. In addition to the album, there will be an accompanying ‘visual score’ by Charlotte, NC filmmaker Will Davis of Small Creatures. Joining Zipf in this collaborative project are long time bassist/keyboardist Ryan Walker, cellist Dayana Yochim, violinist Alissa Moore and drummer/percussionist Logan Lamons.

Band Members: Andy Zipf - lead vocals, guitar Ryan Walker - bgvs, bass, keys Alissa Moore - violin Dayana Yochim - cello Logan Lamons - drums,percussion

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Northern VA: Falls Church and Alexandria

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Andy Zipf has lived in seven states, including Virginia, where he has now called home for the last sixteen years. Longer than anywhere in his life. 
A few years ago, when Andy asked Ryan Walker if he knew any bassists, Ryan lied and said he was one. :) So Ryan learned all the bass parts from Andy’s record. That’s a testament to what a great musician Mr. Walker is. 
The string players, Alissa and Dayana, asked Andy about potentially working together at Evening Star Cafe a couple years ago. As it happened, Andy was already writing songs that needed strings...fortuitous...

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: NAME THE FEAR, the new album from The Cowards Choir was released May 6 after a successful PledgeMusic campaign. It is available at all digital distribution sites. CDs, vinyl and more can be purchased at

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Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: folk, chamber pop, americana