PETER ROWAN Crucial Country
Recorded live at the Telluride Festival in 1994, Crucial Country captures live an incredible band of stars in one of their greatest moments. From bluegrass standard â€œThe Walls of Timeâ€, co-written with Bill Monroe, to â€œPanama Redâ€, one of Rowanâ€™s signature classics, and an inspirational version of Bob Marleyâ€™s â€œNo Woman, No Cryâ€, this record makes country crucial.
Peter Rowan â€“ lead vocal and guitar
Jerry Douglas â€“ dobro, harmonies
Larry Atamanuik â€“ drum kit
Sam Bush â€“ mandolin, fiddle, harmonies
Viktor Krauss â€“ acoustic upright bass
Kester Smith â€“ congas, percussion
Peter Rowan was one of the major cult bluegrass artists of the '80s, winning a devoted, international fan base through his independent records and constant touring. A skilled singer/songwriter, Rowan also yodels, and plays numerous stringed instruments and the saxophone. From Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, to Earth Opera with David Grisman, to Seatrain, then Old & In The Way (with David Grisman & Jerry Garcia) and recordings with his brothers in The Rowan Brothers, Peter continues to release extraordinary recordings in a wide range of styles.
Sam Bush went on from Newgrass Revival to play with Emmylou Harris as did Sea Train associate, drummer Larry Atamanuik. Jerry produced several of Peterâ€™s solo projects for Sugar Hill. Jerry and Larry both now play with Alison Krauss and Union Station. Viktor Krauss has been with Lyle Lovett for a number of years, Sam continues his solo career and Kester Smith still plays drums with Taj Mahal.