ccording to American Songwriter, “Sean Rowe digs deep, creating some of the most touching, reflective, introspective music you’re likely to hear from anyone who seems like they would rather arm wrestleyou than gaze into the depths of your soul.” Although Sean Rowe finds inspiration in upstate New York, his home base, a big piece of his heartleans toward the south, particularly Memphis. Inspired by southern folk-blues legends like Howlin’ Wolf, Sean has a voice that perfectly fits into that tradition. So, to make his most recent record, New Lore, he traveled to Sam Phillips’s recording studio in Memphis to work with Matt Ross-Spang, producer of records by Jason Isbell and Margo Price. They tapped into the history of that legendary space to hone a sound that is at once rich and stark, putting Sean’s deep and dynamic range at the forefront. Because if high notes can shatter windows, Sean’s low and guttural ones can meld sand into glass. Sean’s inspiration comes from the rawness, the element of risk he finds in the blues and soul music. He takes thatinspiration and applies it to his own experiences, from his wrenching odeto parenthood “I’ll Follow Your Trail” to the naturalistic “The Very First Snow,” wrapping these lyrics in carefully layered instrumentation, anchoring them in his sly and idiosyncratic guitar style. A song Sean wrote five years ago, “To Leave Something Behind,” found its wayto Ben Affleck’s attention and the soundtrack for Affleck’s film. TheAccountant. It’s a song about the things in life we pass down to our children, the things we learn from our elders, the shadows we leave behindwhen we are gone. In addition to living the troubadour life, Sean is interested in harvesting wild food. He has a video series on YouTube called“Can I Eat This?” Sean gives tips and information about foraging fornatural food. It’s a fascinating look beyond the man who writes the songs! Kaiti Jones’s new album, Vows, references the daily vows wetake in our relationships, the promises we make to our families and thethings we believe in. “The stories we tell ourselves and others, and the characters and memories to which we give power, are constantly taking vows with the things around us,” she says. “I think this is a universal part of the story of humankind,” a story she hopes to tell in the collection of songs she sings in her shows.
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