JamGrass.net Recommends – Peter Rowan


Why You Should Know Him

  • Born on the 4th of July in Boston, MA in 1942
  • A bona fide member of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, Mr. Rowan gets cowriting credits for one of Mr. Monroe’s greatest songs, “The Walls of Time
  • An important figure in spreading bluegrass music throughout the Northeast, California, and the development of progressive bluegrass
  • A key collaborator of Jerry Garcia, Mr. Rowan undoubtedly influenced the development of modern-day JamGrass


  • Guitar prodigy
  • Songwriting
  • Singing
  • Yodeling
  • Mandolin
  • Collaborations

Associated Acts

  • Bill Keith – Mr. Keith introduced Mr. Rowan to Bill Monroe
  • Bill Monroe – Mr. Rowan was lead guitarist and singer for the “father of bluegrass” for a period between 1965-7
  • David Grisman – A frequent early contributor for Mr. Rowan, Mr. Grisman is one of the all-time greats on mandolin
  • Earth Opera – Psychadelic rock group formed with Grisman
  • Muleskinner – A bluegrass “super-group” that included Grisman, Keith and others
  • Old and in the Way – Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements, Grisman and others
  • Tony Rice – Frequent contributor in more recent years, Mr. Rice is a flat-picking God

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JamGrass.net Recommends - Peter Rowan's Albums & MP3s

Buy TrackBuy Album
Dust Bowl ChildrenQuartet
Land of the NavajoCrucial Country
Moonlight MidnightQuartet
Panama RedCrucial Country
Pulling The Devil By The TailReggaebilly
a Jealous Heart and A Worried MindAmericana Master Series : Best of the Sugar Hill Years
Cold Rain And SnowQuartet
Doc Watson MorningThe Old School
The Free Mexican Air Force
Keepin' it Between the Lines (Old School)The Old School
The Walls of TimeCrucial Country
Let The Harvest Go To SeedQuartet
No Woman No CryCrucial Country
Wild Geese Cry AgainAmericana Master Series : Best of the Sugar Hill Years
That's All She WroteThe Old School
Jailer JailerLegacy
Drop the BoneThe Old School
Man of Constant SorrowTree On A Hill
Rye WhiskeyTree On A Hill
Barefoot Country RoadDust Bowl Children

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3 thoughts on “JamGrass.net Recommends – Peter Rowan

    1. tdhimes@att.net Post author

      Cold Rain & Snow is a great song and this is a masterful version. Nonetheless, Grateful Dead’s England ’72 was the first version I fell for:-) Check it out sometime.


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