Compass Records Signs Peter Rowan

by | 23 Apr, 2010

Alison Brown to produce new album.

Compass Records has announced that they signed of Peter Rowan, the famed bluegrass singer-songwriter, Grammy Award winner and five-time Grammy Award nominee to their growing list of award winning artists.

Work will soon begin on a new release from the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band to be produced by Alison Brown, Grammy Award-winning banjoist and Compass Records co-founder.

Rowan’s career has spanned over five decades, from his early years playing under bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, to his ground-breaking stint with Jerry Garcia in the band Old & In the Way and his subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and band leader.

Through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects and constant touring, he has a devoted international fanbase, including Compass Records’ co-founders Alison Brown & Garry West.

I can’t think of another person in bluegrass with such a varied history: Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Seatrain, Old & In the Way, not to mention the breadth of the solo material he’s written and recorded. We’re excited to have Peter as part of the Compass family, and with this new record I’m really excited to be working with Peter to shine a light on his bluegrass roots – Alison Brown.

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band includes Rowan (guitar, vocals), Keith Little (banjo, vocals), Paul Knight (bass, vocals) and Jody Stecher (mandolin, vocals).