“Rowan proves himself capable of composing timeless songs and delivering them with conviction and authenticity—complete with that Monroe high lonesome singing tone.” –Rhythms Magazine
“A formidable musician and gifted songwriter” —The Bluegrass Special
“His remarkable voice whirls like a shrill wind.” —Washington Post
On THE OLD SCHOOL, bluegrass legend Peter Rowan delves further into his legacy as one of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys with some of the first generation players who really know “the old school” while welcoming younger players considered to be the torchbearers for the future of bluegrass music. The album includes 11 Rowan originals and a rework of “Freedom Riders,” the Civil Rights anthem made popular by Odetta. Featured guests include Del McCoury on the high lonesome “That’s All She Wrote,” Bobby Osborne on a stunning duet called “Stealing My Time,” Jesse McReynolds on the soon to be classic “Mountain Man’s Dream” and Bryan Sutton on the ode to Doc Watson “Doc Watson Morning.” Other guests include the Traveling McCourys, JD Crowe, fiddlers Michael Cleveland, Stuart Duncan, Buddy Spicher, Time Jumpers bassist Dennis Crouch, Jeremy Garrett of the Infamous Stringdusters, Don Rigsby and the members of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.
(Physical CD includes bonus track "Keepin' it Between the Lines (Old School) Reprise".)