MerleFest 2018: Peter Rowan

As MerleFest 2018 approaches, a highlight from one of the 100+ performing acts will be featured daily…

Another GRAMMY winner, Peter Rowan is scheduled for four sets over three days at MerleFest this year.

GRAMMY-award winner and six-time GRAMMY nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, Peterʼs stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and his subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

On the Friday preceding MerleFest, April 20, Rowan’s latest album “Carter Stanley’s Eyes” will debut.

The album pays respects to bluegrass’s most famous brothers with two songs penned by each; others, such as the traditional “Hills of Roane County” and the Carter Family’s “Will You Miss Me,” were Stanley Brothers staples. Even the album’s opener, Rowan’s own “Drumbeats on the Watchtower,” nods to Ralph, who retitled it (from “Wild Geese Cry Again”) when he recorded it. Obviously, Rowan didn’t mind. In fact, he was ecstatic when Stanley told him he’d cut it. “To me, that was real fulfillment, to be covered by one of the masters,” he says.

You can hear Peter Rowan at one of the following times over MerleFest (April 26-29) weekend.

Friday, 4:00pm-4:45pm (Hillside Stage)
Saturday, 12:45pm-1:30pm (Walker Center)
Saturday, 1:45pm-2:45pm (Watson Stage)
Sunday, 3:30pm-4:15pm (Traditional)

View the full MerleFest schedule and stage lineup here.

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