The Hindu Cowboys sound is rich with folk, traditional string band and corn-fed roots music, all topped off with retro-country gravy. Their live sets are often laced with cover songs from old-school country (pre-1976) and classic rock, reinvented in the Hindu Cowboys style. The band frequently tours and performs as a 4-6 piece band, but principally has a writing and arrangement core based around its three founding members: Joseph Martens, playing acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Craig Roy on upright bass, and George Dimitrov on electric guitar. The musical style of the Hindu Cowboys is a unique combination of the musical roots of the origins of founding members, from Nashville, to the Southwest corner of New York State, and across the ocean to Bulgaria. The current lineup adds some of the best musician talent from Central Florida, including Gary 'Doc' Hibbard on pedal steel, fiddle, mandolin and electric guitar; Jessy Lynn Martens on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; and Gabriel Collazo on drums and war paint.
The Hindu Cowboys were formed in 1998 in Orlando, Florida, and still make Central Florida their home. The band released its debut seven-song independent album in 1999, which received world-wide critical acclaim and airplay. The attention of their first CD and their live performances caught the eye of The Wildhorse Saloon (in its heyday, it was a gateway to the Nashville labels) earning them week-long showcases at their venues in both Orlando, FL and Nashville, TN.
In 2004, the band released "Live After Five, the Hindu Cowboys; second album, crafted as a tribute to the band’s loyal fan base. The record contained fifteen (15) favorites from the Hindu Cowboysplaylist.
The band’s music made its way into the movies in 2006, when” Alabami Bound", a cut from the band's first album, was added to the soundtrack for Altered - a sci-fi movie by the director of The Blair Witch Project.
The band released its third CD in December, 2007 - a five-song EP which is a prelude to a long-awaited return to studio recording.
The Hindu Cowboys perform at many notable gatherings annually that includes Great Blue Heron, Riverhawk, String Break and the Albino Skunk music fesitvals. They made an appearance on the WARPED Tour during the tour’s 2002 Central Florida stop as well as appearing on the main stage of Orlando Calling 2011.
The Hindu Cowboys have shared the stage with Dale Watson, Peter Rowan, Donna The Buffalo, Fred Eaglesmith, Drivin' n' Cryin', Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, Los Lobos, The V-Roys, Chris Isaak, The Flatlanders, Dwight Yoakam, Restless Kelly, Del McCoury, Steep Canyon Rangers, Warren Haynes Band, Hank Williams III, The Waybacks, Tim O’Brien, Rhonda Vincent, The Gourds, The Iguanas and Robert Earl Keen, among many others.