Cosmos Sunshine is a child of the ‘70s. And, yes, that’s his real name.
Born Cosmos Sunshine Heidtmann in July of 1972 and raised off the grid on a small homestead farm on the banks of the Connecticut River, music was major feature in his young life.
Within a year of his birth, his parents took him to the legendary festival at Watkins Glen, featuring The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead and The Band.
Many more concert experiences would follow and he spent most of his childhood growing up in the woods and surrounded by many colorful characters of the day.
However, it was the tragic murder of John Lennon that changed everything for Cosmos. It showed him the power of words and music and the connection shared by people with great ideals. It was the moment when his destiny was written and he became consumed by the music. He only needed to find his instrument...
As a young man of fourteen, he began playing guitar. By fifteen he was writing his own material and playing professionally; performing in as many bars, clubs & high school auditoriums as would have him.
After a brief stint at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Cosmos moved to New York City and began his tenure as lead guitarist, songwriter and bandleader for the 1990's juggernauts, Cherokee Sex Workshop and Walkinbird. The latter’s eponymous debut album was produced by the legendary Warren Haynes, who became a mentor to Cosmos, teaching him the ways of songwriting, studio production and guitar wizardry. Those were important lessons, which still serve him today.
Since that time he has been an active solo performer and the front man for Cosmos Sunshine & the Butterfly Effect, Los Lotharios, The Cosmos Sunshine Band and Dan Patch.
In total, he has amassed a discography of five full length albums and four EPs and has played some of the best venues in New York City (Brooklyn Bowl, Irving Plaza, Joe's Pub, CBGB, The Knitting Factory, (le) Poisson Rouge, The Wetlands Preserve, The Nightingale Bar) and toured nationally (opening for such greats as Gov't Mule, Blues Traveler, The Spin Doctors, Johnny Winter, Lenny Kravitz and many, many more).
2018 Cosmos Sunshine was inducted in to the Connecticut Blues Hall of Fame and plans to release his fifth full length album, Comes with the Fall at the end of May.
Cosmos Sunshine continues to follow the muse, wherever it may lead....
Photo credit: Maureen Drennan