Today marks the release of Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band’s new record titled Legacy (COM 4543). Legacy is a satisfying ramble through 13 tracks of mellow retro-trad newgrass, most of them written and sung by Peter himself. His merry band of veteran pickers is composed of Jody Stecher on mandolin, Keith Little on banjo, Paul Knight on bass fiddle, and of course Peter on guitar. These guys have direct links to Bill Monroe—Peter did a stint in his band, years ago—and stellar guests include Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and Tim O’Brien. Woah!
Of the material, Peter says, “Most of the songs are new. They reflect my life and the music that has become part of my life… I want the music that I play to reflect the legacy that I have received from the masters of bluegrass.”
On mando, Jody Stecher channels Monroe’s rough-and-ready chops like there’s no tomorrow. For an inside look at the making of this record from a band member’s perspective, check out this interview on Mandolin Cafe HERE. For a limited time, you can download a free song (Jailer Jailer) from Compass Records HERE. Nice!
Preview two tracks below. The Family Demon is a straight-ahead bluegrass story that addresses domestic violence and abuse, while Don’t Ask Me Why invokes classic grass-inflected Dead. Sweet, dude.
LISTEN: The Family Demon
LISTEN: Don’t Ask Me Why
FREE TRACK DOWNLOAD: Jailer Jailer
INTERVIEW: Jody Stecher on Mandolin Cafe