The Rowans

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The Rowans
Peter, Chris and Lorin Rowan in 1975
Background information
Origin Wayland (Boston) Massachusetts, US
Genres Country rock, folk rock, progressive bluegrass
Years active 1970 - present
Labels Columbia records, Asylum Records, Appaloosa records, BOS Music

The Rowans (later "The Rowan Brothers") is an American country-rock group, originally formed by the brothers Chris Rowan and Lorin Rowan. They were joined by another brother, Peter Rowan, for their second, third and fourth album. Chris and Lorin were still playing together in 2009.[1]

Early years

Chris and Lorin were raised close to Boston, but in the beginning of 1970, they moved to the West Coast to pursue their music. In 1971, they opened for Grateful Dead as their first gig in San Francisco. Their first album, The Rowans, was issued on Columbia Records. It was very well critically acclaimed, except by Lester Bangs who savaged the LP in a Creem magazine review.[citation needed] It included such guests as Jerry Garcia and Bill Kreutzman of Grateful Dead and was produced by Clive Davis.[2]

Part of a 1971 rehearsal by the Rowan Brothers at the Fillmore West auditorium is included in the documentary film Fillmore.

Trio with Peter Rowan

The group had problems after the first record because their producer, Clive Davis, lost his job at Columbia. They were signed on Asylum records and issued their next album in 1975, this time joined by their more famous brother, Peter Rowan, who brought in such hits as "Midnight Moonlight" and "The Thunder on the Mountain". After releasing three albums as a trio, Peter left the group to pursue bluegrass music.

Duo again

Chris and Lorin have continued playing as a duo, with Peter joining them from time to time. Their project, Now and Then, was issued in 2004 on BOS Music.[3][4] They also play regularly with David Gans in the Beatles tribute band Rubber Souldiers. In 2002, Chris and Lorin added harmonies on 9 cuts of Bay Area country rocker J.C. Flyer's album, Movin' On.


Chris and Lorin

Chris, Lorin and Peter

Peter Rowan & The Rowan Brothers