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The Rowan Brothers

August 07, 2009
8:00 PM


“The modern day Everly Brothers with a splash of bluegrass…”

Chris and Lorin Rowan are singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts. The two Rowan boys and their brother Peter matured playing in various folk, bluegrass and pop bands. Peter became more famous playing in the psychedelic rock group Earth Opera in the late 60s. 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” in San Francisco, and they still reside there today.

One of the brother’s first gigs in the Bay Area was opening for the Grateful Dead at the closing of the Fillmore West in 1971. Shortly thereafter Clive Davis (Columbia Records) and David Geffen (Asylum) got into a bidding war for the talented singer/songwriters. Davis won out and the band produced the lavish and much-neglected The Rowans Brothers album on Columbia (1972), (reissued in 2003 on Evangeline Recorded Works), which was produced by Grisman under the name of David Diadem. Musicians appearing on the album included drum legend Jim Keltner, Grisman, and the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and Bill Kreutzmann.

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