Grammy-award winner Peter Rowan’s career as a singer-songwriter spans over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and Vasser Clements, to his breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring. Born in Wayland, Massachusetts to a musical family, Peter formed his first band when he was still in high school, and began his professional career in 1963 in the Bluegrass Boys, led by the founding father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. The late ‘60s and early 70’s saw Rowan involved in a number of rock, folk and bluegrass projects, and in the late 70’s he embarked on a solo career. These days, in addition to solo performances, he plays in several bands: the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Big Twang Theory, Twang n Groove, and The Free Mexican Air Force , whom we are delighted to welcome to Rhythm & Roots. Peter’s 42nd (!) and latest release is the 2018 Carter Stanley’s Eyes on Rebel Records.
Combine a hefty helping of Tex Mex conjunto, simmer with several parts Texas rock, add a daring dash of well-cured blues, and R&B riffs, and you’ve cooked up the tasty Grammy winning Los Texmaniacs groove. Founder Max Baca is a legend on the bajo sexto, a twelve string guitar-like instrument, and his nephew, Josh Baca, is fast attaining legendary status on the accordion, with those two instruments creating the core of the lively conjunto sound. Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs are the new worldwide kings of Texas Roots music, feeding the masses with only the best in musical fare, cooked up from Max Baca’s wide-ranging experience touring and recording with Flaco Jimenenz and the original Texas Tornados, Los Super Seven and even the Rolling Stones. The premiere first call bajo sexto player in the world, Max has participated on eleven Grammy winning projects. Look for Los Texmaniacs’ latest cd, the 2018 Cruzando Borders.