Peter Rowan

Peter Rowan, Bluegrass Buddha, Born On The 4th Of July

American original Peter Rowan will turn 80 on Monday, the Fourth of July. He’ll be gathering with old friends at a pizza place/ brewery in Mill Valley, CA. “I’m hoping Ramblin’ Jack Elliott will be able to make it!” Rowan says from his Marin County home sounding jovial and expectant. “I've talked to him, and he says he's going to do it.” And there will of course be music. “It'll go all the way from just acoustic storytelling, through bluegrass, and up into some good rockin’ blues. And, you know, we’ll probably end with ‘Midnight Moonlight’ - a few hours before midnight moonlight!”
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Peter Rowan releases new album feat. Billy Strings, Shawn Camp, Molly Tuttle, and more

For over six decades, GRAMMY-award winning artist Peter Rowan has been at the forefront of acoustic American music, inspiring generations of new musicians and working creatively with the roots of bluegrass, newgrass, Americana, country rock, jazz, even reggae, Hawaiian, and Tejano music. A relentlessly curious, brilliant songwriter, Rowan’s had the kind of career that would give him ample opportunity to kick back and rest on his laurels now, but his new album, Calling You From My Mountain (coming June 24 on Rebel Records), shows that Rowan’s voice is as vital as ever, fueled by the history of our great traditions and excited for their future. Guest spots on the album from friends like Billy Strings, Shawn Camp, Molly Tuttle, Lindsay Lou, and Mark Howard, not to mention Rowan’s multi-generational band, show that Rowan’s inspiration transcends age. For these past sixty+ years, Rowan’s been a musical sponge, soaking up ideas and influences from his many travels and his roving search for new traditions, using these sounds to create new songs and new musical genres at will. Though the genesis for Rowan’s new album came from Hank Williams’ Luke the Drifter personality and Rowan’s idea of writing new songs for this character, he quickly spun in other connections, like his longtime interest in Tibetan music and his Buddhist beliefs and practices, or his love of other American roots legends like Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Guy Clark, Bill Monroe, and Tex Logan (all of whom Rowan’s played and performed with). Throughout, the music sounds like Rowan himself, a modern day California dharma bum, a man as nourished by a metaphysical interest in the mysteries of the physical universe as he is by the intricacies of handcrafted music making.

Today’s New Albums: Goose, Jack Johnson, Peter Rowan, G. Love, Soccer Mommy & More

Each week Release Day Picks profiles new LPs and EPs Team JamBase will be checking out on release day Friday. This week we highlight new albums by Goose, Jack Johnson, Peter Rowan, G. Love, Soccer Mommy, Tim Heidecker, Caamp, Martin Courtney, Eric Clapton and Kendall Street Company. Read on for more insight into the records we have all queued up to spin.

Peter Rowan Is a Boy Again on ‘Calling You From My Mountain’

Calling the almost 80-year-old Peter Rowan a “boy” is not an insult. Instead, it’s in recognition of Rowan’s status as one of the legendary Bill Monroe‘s “Bluegrass Boys” back in the 1960s. More than 50 years later, Rowan’s still making nifty bluegrass records. His latest effort, Calling You from My Mountain, is as fresh and tasty as Rowan’s work with Monroe back in the day.

Peter Rowan & Lindsay Lou Join Greensky Bluegrass At Camp Greensky

Greensky Bluegrass offered the second of three performances at their Camp Greensky festival on Friday. The quintet welcomed singer-songwriters Peter Rowan and Lindsay Lou for night two of the event at Shagbark Farm in Caledonia, Michigan. GSBG kicked off their first set with a cover, The Stanley Brothers’ bluegrass standard...

Suwannee Roots Revival Oct 13-16 w/ JJ Grey & Mofro, Punch Brothers, Peter Rowan and more

The 6th Suwannee Roots Revival takes place Thursday, October 13 - Sunday, October 16 at the renowned Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Florida. We are thrilled to announce an initial lineup of incredible musicians for 2022 including JJ Grey & Mofro, Punch Brothers, Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Band, Donna the Buffalo, Kitchen Dwellers, Jon Stickley Trio, Jim Lauderdale, Seth Walker, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp, Joe Craven, Rev Jeff Mosier Ensemble, The Grass Is Dead, Ralph Roddenbery & the HighRoad, Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp, Nicholas Edward Williams, Sloppy Joe, Quartermoon, The Fried Turkeys, Tania & the Magic Moon Traveling Circus, and more to be announced!

Peter Rowan to Release New Album on Rebel Records, Coming June 24

Calling You From My Mountain features original and traditional songs. with guest turns from Shawn Camp, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle,. Charlottesville, VA – Rebel Records is proud to announce a new album from pioneering American roots musician Peter Rowan. Rowan’s second album for Rebel, Calling You From My Mountain features star turns from Shawn Camp, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Lindsay Lou, and more, and original and traditional songs from Rowan and his band. Today, Rebel is releasing the first single off the new album, “The Song That Made Hank Williams Dance” featuring Shawn Camp. Rowan had this to say about the single, “This chorus appeared to me in a dream one glorious April at my tin-roofed Texas casita. Singer, songwriter, guitar picker Shawn Camp hails from Alabama as did Hank Williams. Shawn, he’s a natural for this song. And a big inspiration! We had some fun!”

WinterWonderGrass returns to Tahoe: Peter Rowan recalls a life of folk music

A life lived in music holds more stories than could ever truly be told. This goes for legendary singer and songwriter Peter Rowan whose young days in the parks and pubs of 1950’s Boston weave an intimate tour through folk history. Rowan will be performing at this year’s WinterWonderGrass Festival, which will return to Tahoe from April 1 to 3 for the first time since the pandemic.

Dark Star Orchestra Welcomes Peter Rowan In San Francisco

Dark Star Orchestra launched a two-night run at The Warfield in San Francisco on Friday. The Grateful Dead tribute act welcomed legendary singer-songwriter and Jerry Garcia collaborator Peter Rowan for a stripped-down segment that kicked off the show in GD’s hometown. The concert at the storied San Fran venue...