The Rowan Brothers and Sue first performed together at HickoryFest in August 2008 and immediately they knew that were onto something special. They next played the Magnolia Fest in Live Oak, Florida in October to rave reviews which opened the door for their current tour and a developing one in Europe later this year.
Chris and Lorin’s soaring sibling harmonies are joined by Sue’s sultry vocals and all are spiced up by her scintillating newgrass/bluegrass fiddle work. All three are accomplished songwriters and their tunes pulse with originality and passion. They have created a sound which is so full and vibrant that it is hard to believe there are only three musicians on the stage.
Chris and Lorin Rowan were born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts where their more famous brother Peter was already making a name for himself in Earth Opera. All three brothers played in folk, bluegrass and pop bands. In the early ‘70s, through their brother’s connection, Chris and Lorin got hooked up with aspiring producer and instrumental wizard David Grisman. Before long, Chris and Lorin along with Grisman moved to “where it was happening” San Francisco, and they still reside there today.
Throughout the years Chris and Lorin and occasionally Peter have continued to play as The Rowans. In 1999 they released the bluegrass-based Tree On the Hill (Sugar Hill Records) and in 2003 Crazy People (Evangeline). Both Chris and Lorin have also released independent albums and have various side music projects. Recently, Chris and Lorin have come full circle with the release of their new album "Now and Then" (BOS Music). The two-CD set offers a versatile and exciting mixture of bluegrass-flavored folk and Everly Brothers style rock and country.
The Rowans have appeared at The Kerrville Folk Fest, TX, and Telluride Music Festival, toured extensively as The Rowan Brothers (sometimes with brother, Peter) in the U.S. Europe, and Japan. They’ve performed on shows with Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Randy Travis, Alison Krauss, Nanci Griffith and others, as well as on National Public Radio's Garrison Keilor's Prairie Home Companion. Most recently the brothers performed with Phil Lesh as members of Phil Lesh & The Hepcats’ with Lorin on lead guitar/vocals and Chris on acoustic rhythm guitar and vocals.