Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan is currently in the studio working on his upcoming Compass Records release The Old School. On the new album, Rowan delves further into his bluegrass history with an inter-generational cast of musicians that includes some of the first generation musicians who really know “the old school” as well as younger players considered to be the torchbearers for bluegrass music. Working again with producer Alison Brown, Rowan offers a set of 11 new songs and a rework of “Freedom Riders,” the Civil Rights anthem made popular by Odetta. Featured guests so far include Bobby Osborne on a stunning duet called “Stealing My Time,” Jesse McReynolds on the soon-to-be-classic “Mountain Man’s Dream” and Bryan Sutton on “Doc Watson Morning,” an ode to the late Doc Watson. Other guests to date include the Traveling McCourys, fiddler Michael Cleveland, Jeremy Garrett (Infamous Stringdusters), Chris Henry and the members of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. Rowan will be back in the studio in January to finish recording and mixing. The album is slated for release in spring 2013.
To give fans a sneak peak of the project, Compass Records has released a teaser video which features Rowan with Bobby Osborne and Jesse McReynolds on the album’s title track, as well as members of the Traveling McCourys, Michael Cleveland, Mike Witcher, Chris Henry and members of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/SbBaZH