Peter Rowan is northern bound, stopping off in Fairbanks June 8 for a concert at The Blue Loon. A feature article is forthcoming, but in the meantime, here is a review of Rowan’s most recent album, Legacy.
Peter Rowan’s latest effort is almost like two albums in one.
Classic bluegrass romps and soulful renderings that have made Rowan a standout performer for more than 40 years cover half of the disc. The remainder touches on his gospel side with grace and reverence.
Legacy opens with a kick thanks to the rousing “Jailer Jailer” and “The Family Demon,” while “The Raven” showcases Rowan’s unmistakable picking and singing style.
Tunes such as “The Night Prayer” and “God’s Own Child” resonate in classic old time style, not far removed from his start with Bill Monroe.
With guests such as Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Tim O’Brien, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings — and production from Alison Brown — Rowan’s legacy is only enhanced here.—Glenn BurnSilver
(This review originally appeared in the Oct. 2010 issue of Relix.)