Rebel Records has announced the release of a new album from pioneering American roots musician Peter Rowan.
Rowan’s second release for Rebel, Calling You From My Mountain features guest appearances from Shawn Camp, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Lindsay Lou, and others along with original and traditional songs from Rowan and his band.
Rebel is releasing the first single off the new record today, The Song That Made Hank Williams Dance, a Peter Rowan original featuring Shawn Camp.
This chorus appeared to me in a dream one glorious April at my tin-roofed Texas casita. Singer, songwriter, guitar picker Shawn Camp hails from Alabama as did Hank Williams. Shawn, he’s a natural for this song. And a big inspiration! We had some fun – Peter Rowan.
For over six decades, Grammy winning artist Peter Rowan has been at the forefront of American acoustic music, inspiring generations of new musicians and working creatively with the roots of bluegrass, Newgrass, Americana, country rock, jazz, even reggae, Hawaiian, and Tejano music. A relentlessly curious and brilliant songwriter, Rowan has had the kind of career that would give him ample opportunity to kick back and rest on his laurels now, but this new album shows that his voice is as vital as ever, fueled by the history of our great traditions and excited for their future.
Though the genesis for Calling You From My Mountain came from Hank Williams’ Luke the Drifter personality and Rowan’s idea of writing new songs for this character, he quickly spun in other connections, like his longtime interest in Tibetan music and his Buddhist beliefs and practices, or his love of other American roots legends like his one-time boss Bill Monroe, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Guy Clark, and Tex Logan (all of whom Rowan has played and performed with). Throughout, the music sounds like Rowan himself, a modern day California dharma bum, a man as nourished by a metaphysical interest in the mysteries of the physical universe as he is by the intricacies of handcrafted music making.
Peter Rowan is a true roots original. While his musical curiosity has taken him on many fun and fascinating adventures across many different genres, bluegrass is the foundation and starting point for those trips. Building on the momentum of his previous bluegrass release, Carter Stanley’s Eyes, we at Rebel are thrilled to be working with Peter again as he delivers another collection of powerful material, both new and old – Mark Freeman, Rebel Records.