Redwood Bluegrass Associates (RBA) is pleased to announce its first concert
of 2002. On January 12, 2002, Peter Rowan & Friends will perform at the
First Presbyterian Church, 1667 Miramonte Ave. (at Cuesta), Mountain View.
Showtime is 8:00 pm, and ticket/logistical information is available at
PETER ROWAN is internationally-known for his music in a variety of stylistic
settings, ranging from impressionistic folk and Tex-Mex to Celtic and his
³New World² blend of Afro-Cuban, Latin, and Caribbean to fusion rock, but it
is with bluegrass that he has made some of his most memorable music.
He was a member of Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys (and co-wrote the
classic "Walls Of Time" with the "Father of Bluegrass"), Old & In the Way
(with Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, and Vassar Clements), and Muleskinner
(with Grisman, Clarence White, and Bill Keith), and has collaborated
extensively with Nashville Bluegrass Band, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas,
Steve Earle, and Tony Rice.
Peter Rowan's last three appearances for RBA were co-leading the Rowan &
Rice Band; guesting, along with David Grisman, for an entire set with the
Del McCoury Band; and leading his own hot bluegrass band.
In addition to his stint as a Bluegrass Boy in the 1960s, Peter was also in
the bands Earth Opera and Seatrain. After Old & In the Way, he toured and
recorded with The Rowan Brothers (Chris and Lorin) as well as with his
band, The Free Mexican Airforce, and released ³solo² albums in a variety of
His song "Panama Red" was a million-selling hit for The New Riders of the
Purple Sage, and his song ³Meadow Green² was in the film "Steel Magnolias."
He has been a Grammy finalist four times, and his most recent release,
"Bluegrass Boy," is a powerful tribute to Bill Monroe.
³Bill relied on us to burn him like a fire and keep him going forward. He¹d
attack on the mandolin, and the other instruments would come together at the
right beat, and your hairs would stand up! And that¹s what I want: to keep
alive that fire and friction. You can get out there and play safe
bluegrass, but I¹d like to think that the music on "Bluegrass Boy" is not
- Peter Rowan
"Peter Rowan has taken the energy, freshness, and synthesis of rock and roll, and brought it to hillbilly music."
- Jon Weisberger, Country Standard Time