Gypsy Sally's Presents
Peter Rowan, Todd Sheaffer (of Railroad Earth)
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring.
Born in Wayland, Massachusetts to a musical family, Rowan learned to play guitar from his uncle. He spent his teenage years absorbing the sights and sounds of the Hillbilly Ranch, a legendary Country music nightclub in Boston frequented by old-time acts like The Lilly Brothers and Tex Logan. In 1956 Peter Rowan formed his first band, the Cupids, while still in high school.
Following three years in college, Rowan left academia and decided to pursue a life in music. Rowan began his professional career in 1963 as the singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the Bluegrass Boys, led by the founding father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. "One thing I started to like about the Monroe style was that there was a lot more blues in it than other styles of bluegrass," reflects Rowan. "It was darker. It had more of an edge to it. And yet it still had the ballad tradition in it, and I loved that."
The late '60s and early 70's saw Rowan involved in a number of rock, folk and bluegrass projects, including Earth Opera, Sea Train, Muleskinner, and the Rowans, where he played alongside brothers Chris and Lorin Rowan. After the Rowan Brothers disbanded, Rowan, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements and John Kahn formed a bluegrass band christened Old & In the Way. It was during this incarnation that Rowan penned the song "Panama Red," a subsequent hit for the New Riders of the Purple Sage and a classic ever since.
Rowan subsequently embarked on a well-received solo career in the late '70s, releasing critically acclaimed records such as Dustbowl Children (a Woody-Guthrie style song cycle about the Great Depression), Yonder (a record of old-time country music in collaboration with ace dobro player, Jerry Douglas) and two extraordinarily fine bluegrass albums, The First Whippoorwill and Bluegrass Boy, as well as High Lonesome Cowboy, a recording of traditional and old-time mountain music with Don Edwards and Norman Blake. Rowan's recent releases- Quartet, a recording with the phenomenal Tony Rice and Legacy with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, coupled with a relentless touring schedule have further endeared Peter Rowan to audiences around the world.
Following on the heels of the celebrated album "Crucial Country: Live at Telluride" Peter recorded his second album for Compass entitled "Old School" with memorable new songs such as "Doc Watson Morning" , "Drop The Bone" and "Keepin' It Between The Lines (Old School)" with members of the current Bluegrass Band plus Chris Henry, Michael Cleveland, Bryan Sutton, Ronnie, Robbie and Del McCoury and more. Since then the prolific singer songwriter has recorded and released Peter Rowan's Twang an Groove Vol. 1 on There Records and Dharma Blues on Omnivore Records.
Internationally, Rowan often performs as a solo singer-songwriter, while stateside he plays in three bands: the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, a quintet featuring Keith Little, Chris Henry, Blaine Sprouse and Paul Knight; Big Twang Theory and its Texas Cousin Twang n Groove and rock band The Free Mexican Air Force.
Todd Sheaffer (of Railroad Earth)
Todd Sheaffer is no stranger to the road. Initially known for his acclaimed "front man" work as lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter with the popular quintet From Good Homes, and now his current role as lead singer/songwriter of new-grass sensation Railroad Earth, Sheaffer has been bringing his music to thousands nationwide for over a decade now.
Todd began his career in music while still in college in New York City. Performing in downtown clubs, Todd was hired and began a three year stint as lead guitarist/harmony singer for the Jack Hardy band - touring extensively in Europe and recording two albums for the German label Entente.
Following this apprenticeship, and ripe with a growing body of original work, Todd joined with two former high school bandmates and two new friends and formed From Good Homes. From Good Homes developed into a substantial touring and recording band. The band’s four albums are as follows: "Hick-Pop Comin’ at Ya’"(GRRrrr, 1993), "Open up the Sky" (RCA, 1995), "Live at Waterloo" (RCA, 1997), and "From Good Homes" (RCA,1998).
In 1998, the band received an achievement award from Billboard and Irving Plaza for the most consecutive sold-out performances ever (12) at this respected NYC venue. From Good Homes' annual summer concerts at Waterloo Village (Stanhope, NJ) have brought crowds exceeding 5,000 for the past seven years. Another highlight for Todd was the inclusion of two songs in the 1997 Twentieth Century Fox release "Picture Perfect", (featuring Jennifer Aniston & Kevin Bacon).
When From Good Homes decided to park the wagons following a tour in support of their third major label release, Todd took to the road for some stripped-down, acoustic performances (including returns to Irving Plaza and Waterloo Village, and a first-time solo tour in Europe). These intimate shows were a treat for newcomers and long-time Homes fans everywhere. They were also a revelation - showcasing Todd's talents as a songwriter, singer, and guitar player in a brand new light.
The spirit of these performances is captured beautifully on Todd's new release: "Dream of Love" (BOS Music, 2000). This live recording, Todd's long-awaited solo debut, was recorded at Centenary College in NJ on 11/20/99 and contains both brand new gems and FGH favorites. "Dream of Love" has received praise from both fans and those in the industry, and is garnering airplay on an increasing number of college/AAA stations. MTV's popular "Real World" show has licensed the entire recording for use in upcoming episodes.
2001 saw Todd embark on a new adventure, as he began writing, singing, and playing guitar with Railroad Earth. Comprised of acclaimed NJ musicians, this six-piece ensemble came storming onto the scene to rave reviews. In the first months of the band's existence, Railroad Earth landed some prestigious main stage bookings, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. The band's debut album - "The Black Bear Sessions" (BOS Music, 2001) - was released in June 2001, and was extremely well-received (noted critic David Gans even listed the album as one of his favorite new releases). Moving on to sign a deal with Sugar Hill Records, the band followed up Black Bear with the tremendous sophomore release - "Bird In A House" - released nationally on June 4, 2002. As the band continues their incessant national touring, they have now released a third album. Entitled "The Good Life", the new Railroad Earth disc hit stores on June 8, 2004 and is making 2004 a breakthrough year. "The Good Life" was the #1 most added album on Americana radio in the week of its release and has been consistently charting on stations all over the country.
Todd Sheaffer has learned his craft through years on the stage and in the studio. He has had the good fortune to work with many talented people, and has enjoyed the support of a devoted and wonderful audience. Over the years, he has played with the greats, including: Bob Dylan, Bob Weir, Dave Matthews, Blues Traveler, Joan Osborne, David Crosby, Shawn Colvin, Roger McGuinn, Levon Helm and Rick Danko, Widespread Panic, Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Bela Fleck, and many others. Most of all, his music has, and continues, to touch many hearts.
Advance $25/ Day of Show $25 + Fees
Peter Rowan: Bluegrass Legend
Todd Scheaffer: Frontman of Railroad Earth
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