pleased to announce the availability of "Peter Rowan's Twang an' Groove,
Vol. 1", a compilation of live recordings from our inaugural show at the Purple
Bee Halloween Hoedown on 10/27/2012 and Antone's on 1/30/2013. You can
download the album from iTunes right now, and the physical CD should be available
tomorrow on Amazon. Twang an' Groove Vol. 1 is released
by There Records, the same organization that brought you Reggaebilly, and it was
mixed & mastered by Mike Morgan at The Zone Recording Studio (Mike is also the
bass player in Twang an' Groove, for those who don't know.)
an opportunity to play with Peter and the band again last Wednesday at the Old Settlers
Music Festival pre-party, and it was an amazing experience as always. Over
the past 18 months, Peter has evolved into a beast of an electric player, with the
chops necessary to drive the straight-ahead power trio that is the new incarnation
of Twang an' Groove. The concept of Twang an' Groove has always been
basically about reading Peter's mind, about him starting off in a particular
direction and the band following along, so it took us a dozen shows spread out over
a period of 9 months before we could really get a sense of where he was going.
If you saw us last Wednesday, you saw a band that was a lot tighter-- but also less
experimental-- than the band that was out standing in our field in the freezing
cold on Halloween weekend, 2012.
you'll hear on Vol. 1 is the much more raw form of Twang an' Groove, a band
that was still throwing things against the wall to see what would stick. As
with most experimental projects, not all of the experiments were a success, but
when they were, they were sheer brilliance. Vol. 1 tells the story of a bluegrass
legend who, at age 70, after having played acoustic guitar and mandolin most of
his life, picked up the electric guitar and hired an Austin-based jam/country band
(Rhythmic Statues) to back him up (in fact, that first show was still billed as
"Peter Rowan and Rhythmic Statues." The name "Twang an'
Groove" didn't even exist yet.) Vol. 1 is basically every form of
roots music America has to offer thrown into a blender with Peter's finger on
the "purée" button. The sound is undeniably Peter Rowan but
still completely different from anything that any of us have ever done before.
way you slice it-- jam band or rock band or whatever-- it's a brilliant and
ridiculously fun band to play with. I'm proud to have had the opportunity
to participate in the project, and I hope there will be a Volume 2.