Peter Rowan, who has see-sawed between traditional and experimental music throughout his career, has announced a four day run of dates with alt-grassers The Mosier Brothers in June.
Rowan, of course, needs no introduction to most Bluegrass Today readers. He burst onto the scene as guitarist and vocalist with the Blue Grass Boys in the 1960s, along with future legends Richard Greene and Bill Keith. He and Greene then founded a rock group, Seatrain, which enjoyed some modest success, before teaming with Keith, Greene and Clarence White as Muleskinner. He later collaborated with Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and Vassar Clements for a pair of classic recordings as Old And In The Way.
Pete has continued to record and tour to the present day – sometimes with a very bluegrass vibe, and others times in more eclectic settings, keeping his rebel and preservationist cards up to date.
The Mosiers, especially banjo-picking brother Jeff, are equally legendary in the progressive, jam grass, space grass world. Jeff started Blueground Undergrass in 1998, which lit a spark that has led to dozens of other bands merging rock and bluegrass rhythms and instrumentation. Their sound, like The Mosier Brothers, is loose and jammy, with more of the fusion sound than would get Mr. Monroe’s blessing. Brother Johnny Mosier serves as guitarist with both outfits.
Their June tour together, which both Rowan and the Mosiers hope is the first of several, is titled Roots and Branches – An eclectic A-Z musical journey of songs and stories from the life of Peter Rowan, and Pete is raring to go.
“I am always ready to collaborate with Jeff Mosier and his fine musicians, to explore the musical tree of Americana-bluegrass roots. We might even find some new branches on the old tree! We can harvest new fruit from old roots!”
The four shows are concentrated in the southeastern US.
- June 13 – Riverbend Festival Chattanooga, TN
- June – Pisgah Brewing Black Mountain, NC
- June 15 – The Pour House Charleston, SC
- June 16 – The Handlebar Greenville, SC
You can watch a number of videos on YouTube from a show they did together in 2011. Further details on the June shows can be found online.