There are only a few Blue Grass Boys still around that played with the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Peter Rowan was a Blue Grass Boy in the 1960s for only a short time, but Bill's influence and musical knowledge still resonates with Peter. Even as he branched out into his own music after leaving Bill's band, his bluegrass roots were never far away. This portrait of Peter expands beyond his music to his artistic and spiritual endeavors spanning four decades, giving the viewer an in-depth look at a true legend within our Americana musical history. His lyrical quality and melodies are memorable, and Peter influenced the next generation of musicians, sharing what Monroe taught him and what he has learned while being a troubadour and traveling the world.
Considered a cult figure among current and progressive bluegrass fans, Rowan has indulged in, led or participated in a vast and impressive array of bands, musical collaborations, studio recordings, tours, workshops and festivals since breaking onto the scene in 1964 as guitarist and lead singer with Bill Monroe. South 40 Films produced the documentary on Peter Rowan's amazing career, The Tao of Bluegrass. Peter Rowan is a one of a kind singer with an astonishing vocal range and an instantly recognizable voice.
Producer Christine Funk with South 40 Films says, "In the upcoming 2012 documentary, The Tao of Bluegrass, we will weave together what Peter learned from Bill Monroe and how the spiritual side of Peter has created space to absorb other cultures creating new sounds. Musicians he has played with over the years will be talking about his talent for songwriting, singing and guitar playing." Also throughout the documentary geographical locations that inspired many of Peter’s songs are be highlighted.
Interviews for the film include: Vassar Clements, Tony Rice, Billy Bright, Sally Truitt (Planet Bluegrass), Sandy Monroe, Chris and Lorin Rowan, Manose (Nepali flute player), Rimpoche, Fully Fullerton, Tony Chin, David Nelson, Drew Emmitt, Hot Buttered Rum, Richard Greene, Laurie Lewis, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Earle, Tim O’Brien, Wavy Gravy, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Sharon Gilchrist, David Grisman, Bryn Davies, David Rawlings, Jack Casady, Jody Stecher, Sam Bush and Larry Atamanuik...plus maybe a few more.
Thanks so much for watching and we are excited to edit and release this film for all of Peter's fans as well as educating the folks that don't know his music. His storytelling will inspire your imagination.
I feel it is very important to record and document our American musical history, especially music that comes from our roots like bluegrass. Peter has evolved over his many years with his music away from and back to bluegrass. I feel his place in history is important to share with the next generation.