A LEGEND of bluegrass, Grammy award-winner and six-time Grammy nominee Peter Rowan has been wielding a guitar since his junior high Tex-Mex/rockabilly band, The Cupids. A guitarist, mandolin player, and yodeler, Rowan is a household name among bluegrass lovers, so roots and acoustic music enthusiasts will certainly not want to miss this one.
One of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, Rowan has performed with countless outfits and collaborators, including Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, and Vassar Clements in Old & in the Way, Muleskinner, Seatrain, and Earth Opera.
The mid- ‘70s found Rowan joining his brothers Chris and Lorin to form a progressive bluegrass band, the Rowans. In 1985, Rowan paid loving tribute to the late Bill Monroe via The First Whippoorwill. The record that followed in 1988, New Moon Rising, became Rowan’s definitive solo album.
Even when he’s not working on his solo material, Rowan has guested with the Tony Rice, Norman Blake, Don Edwards, and mayn more.
In 2010, The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band released Legacy, with songs performed by Jody Stetcher, Paul Knight and Keith Little. Special guests included Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Gillian Welch, and David Rawlings (catch Skaggs, McCoury, and Rawlings at this year’s Savannah Music Festival).
Most recently, the eclectic Rowan released a record of spiritual material, Dharma Blues. His Mars Theatre performance is an amazing opportunity to see a true renegade of American music in action.
The Accomplices warm up the stage for the icon.
Saturday, March 5, 8 p.m., $35 via marstheatre.com, all-ages