Peter Rowan and Crucial Reggae

Peter Rowan’s reputation as one of the most original bluegrass musicians around grew out of his constant collaboration with legendary artists and a commitment to creating new sounds within the traditional framework of bluegrass music. After performing with Bill Monroe in the 1950s and ’60s, Rowan joined mandolin player David Grisman in 1967 in the folk-rock band Earth Opera, recording and touring—and frequently opening for the Doors—until the early ’70s. His subsequent projects have included Seatrain, a rock-bluegrass-fusion unit whose records were produced by George Martin; Old & In the Way featuring Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements, and John Kahn; and his own solo career.

Rowan’s latest project, Crucial Reggae, combines root elements of bluegrass and traditional Jamaican music for an innovative yet experienced approach to classic tunes from the annals of ska and reggae. The group’s innovative arrangements of songs such as “Little Maggie” and “Cuckoo Bird” create an intriguing and refreshing musical experience.

This artist appears in Jubilee #1101: Peter Rowan and Crucial Reggae.