Peter Rowan

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The Lion Of Bluegrass Unveils A New Album
And Reflects On Life At 75

The music world took pause when word got out that Peter Rowan was canceling shows earlier this year due to health reasons. Rowan has toured in various capacities while in the music business since he was a young man. Now at 75, any news of canceled gigs and or a health scare is sure to get the attention of those who love his artistry.

Before the cancellations were announced in January, I spent time with Rowan at the Jam In The Trees Festival in August of 2017 in Black Mountain, N.C. While there, he looked a bit tired and walked with a cane, yet was animated and full of conversation and music. The road has taken its toll on many a younger troubadour, so no one would think less of Rowan if he took a break to relax. But, there was more to the story. Rowan is now back on the road, feeling better and excited about his first-ever album for Rebel Records called Carter Stanley’sEyes. He breaks down this new bluegrass recording and tells the story of his eventful and unexpected trip to the ER a few months ago. Read entire article »

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