Now & Then

Now & Then

by The Rowan Brothers
     
 
Given that the Rowan Brothers (i.e., the duo of Chris Rowan and Lorin Rowan) had released only one LP in the U.S. prior to this collection, and that was 32 years earlier, Now & Then, filling two CDs with two and a quarter hours of recordings, most of them previously unreleased, is a major event in the

Overview

Given that the Rowan Brothers (i.e., the duo of Chris Rowan and Lorin Rowan) had released only one LP in the U.S. prior to this collection, and that was 32 years earlier, Now & Then, filling two CDs with two and a quarter hours of recordings, most of them previously unreleased, is a major event in the group's star-crossed career. Of course, after their career as a twosome hit the rocks back in the early '70s, they teamed up with older brother Peter Rowan and, under the name the Rowans, released three albums in the middle of the decade. And they have since backed him on such albums as Awake Me in the New World (1993) and Tree on a Hill (1994). But the entity known as the Rowan Brothers, which showed such promise in 1971-1972, has gone relatively undocumented since. Together and separately, however, they have continued to write and perform, and the first disc, the "Now" portion, demonstrates that they have long since matured into talented singer/songwriters playing accomplished folk-rock with bluegrass roots. Their close harmonies sometimes suggest the Everly Brothers, but they are also capable of evoking much earlier sibling teams such as the Monroe Brothers. They are at their best, however, when they are using their influences to create contemporary songs such as "Circle of Friends" and "Pathways." It's hard to believe that a unit that sounds so seasoned has not been heard from on record for so long. Equally interesting, if not as distinguished, is the "Then" disc, which goes back before the first Rowan Brothers album, back as far as their opening gig for admirers the Grateful Dead on July 2, 1971, at one of the final Fillmore West shows. (Dead members Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, and Bill Kreutzmann guest here and there on the album.) Singing in higher, almost falsetto register, they sound nervous and excited as they preview what would be the leadoff track on their album, "Hickory Day," and several other songs. That's the disc-ending "hidden" material, but it's preceded by 17 tracks that show what a second Rowan Brothers album might have sounded like if their career hadn't been sabotaged by record company infighting. It's far too late to repair the damage, but there's still time to discover an act that deserved to be considered along with Poco, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the Eagles in the pantheon of '70s country-rock.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
Label:
Bos Music
UPC:
0634457157828
catalogNumber:
1578

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Circle of Friends
  2. Heart of a Woman
  3. Pathways
  4. Burn It On Down
  5. Cold War
  6. I'll Be There
  7. As Much as I Do
  8. Arms of the One I Love
  9. Don't Forget
  10. Runnin' Wild
  11. Lonely Nights
  12. Swims With Dolphins
  13. How I Think of You
  14. Angelina
  15. Childish Love
  16. Soldier's Cross
  17. Circle of Friends (Instrumental Reprise)

Disc 2

  1. Free
  2. Run to the Wind
  3. Climbing Up the Mountain
  4. Don't You Worry
  5. It Grows and Grows
  6. Waiting in the Garden
  7. All in the Way She Moves
  8. Speedway Driver
  9. If I Only Could
  10. Livin' the Life
  11. Guardian Angel
  12. Can't Stop Lovin' You
  13. Feel the Spirit
  14. Peace and Happiness
  15. Laura My Love
  16. Only You
  17. After All Is Said and Done
  18. [Untitled Hidden Track]
  19. [Untitled Hidden Track]
  20. [Untitled Hidden Track]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rowan Brothers   Primary Artist
Peter Rowan   Background Vocals
Jerry Garcia   Steel Guitar
Grootna   Track Performer
Jim Keltner   Drums
Bill Amatneek   Bass
Hal Blaine   Drums
Dick Bright   Violin
John Enrico Douglas   Piano
Tim Emmons   Bass
David Grisman   Mandolin
Doug Harman   Cello
James Henry   Percussion,Conga
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums
Phil Lesh   Bass
Brent Rampone   Drums
Lorin Rowan   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Chris Rowan   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Synthesizer Piano
Mookie Siegel   Piano,Accordion
Michael Spiro   Conga
Robin Sylvester   Bass
Barry Sless   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra   Piano
Joe Osborn   Bass
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Bruce Dickinson   Executive Producer
Eric McCann   drum programming
Lorin Rowan   Producer,Cover Photo
Chris Rowan   Producer
Danny Roberts   Graphic Design
Skip Daly   Executive Producer,Cover Design
Mick Skidmore   Producer,Liner Notes,Album Concept

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