The Tao of Bluegrass:
A Portrait of Peter Rowan
Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time with Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) in Old & In the Way and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring.
The Tao of Bluegrass: A Portrait of Peter Rowan (produced by South 40 films & Floating Records) expands beyond Rowan’s music to his artistic and spiritual endeavours spanning four decades, giving an in-depth look at a true legend of Americana musical history.
Peter Rowan has been singing and writing songs since before he met Monroe and became a bluegrass boy. Bill infused Peter with the attitude that if you can play bluegrass music you can play anything. As Peter moved forward with his own musical career, he took Bill at his word infusing a variety of global sounds to create his own style and sound that accompanies his melodic voice.
Peter Rowan is one of my favourite artists. He is an elegant performer and a musical chameleon. Traditional bluegrass could not hold him down, as he has continually explored new frontiers and contributed enormously to the assimilation of traditional music forms. Nothing exhibits this more than Dharma Blues, his excellent and intriguing 2014 CD release. Dharma Blues was inspired by his practice of Buddhism and his love for creating sounds with fellow musicians. This album is both majestic and unique. The documentary includes glimpses into the recording sessions at the famous Plant Studios with producer John Chelew and special guests that are featured on the CD.
In the documentary, you will learn about Peter’s career through old footage of Peter as a bluegrass boy and The Rowan Brothers at Winterland. Also included are interviews with Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs and many more.
Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect: