Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Peter Rowan 

8 p.m. Thursday, July 27. VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino (777 Casino Drive, Maryland Heights).

Peter Rowan lasted three years under the exacting tutelage of bluegrass deity Bill Monroe before falling under the spell of the left-coast counterculture, for which bluegrass was often precisely the opposite of what Monroe intended. For Rowan (and accomplices such as Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and closest ally Tony Rice), bluegrass could be a soundtrack of protest, self-expression, genre-bending and pot-smoking. Since the late '70s, his solo records have contained influential fusions of string-band ensembles and singer-songwriter tricks, even when he dips into cowboy and Native American culture (or re-fashions himself in Monroe's image, as on 1996's Bluegrass Boy). Rowan's a heavyweight guitarist and underrated mandolinist, but his songs — which are exquisitely tuneful yet unfettered by convention or propriety — remain his greatest legacy.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of...

Latest in Critics' Picks

Read the Digital Print Issue

July 21, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation