Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band consists of outstanding musicians with over 100 years of
combined recording and performance experience. Joining guitarist Peter Rowan are Keith
Little, banjo; Paul Knight, bass; and Blaine Sprouse, fiddle. The ensemble has graced
the stages of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Grey Fox, Merlefest, Rothbury Australia's National
Folk Festival, and numerous other festivals domestically and abroad, entertaining audiences
with original and traditional songs executed in vibrant harmony.
In April 2013 Peter Rowan, joined by members of his current Bluegrass Band, released The Old
School, a magnificent blending of old school sounds and players (Del McCoury, Jesse McReynolds,
Bobby Osborne and Buddy Picher) with some of the bright young talent such as Chris Henry, Ronnie &
Robbie McCoury performing memorable new songs such as "Doc Watson Morning", "Drop The Bone" and
"Keepin' It Between The Lines (Old School)". The Old School followed the group's debut
album for Nashville's Compass Records-Legacy; the recording, featuring traditional and original
compositions, was produced by Compass owner/recording artist Alison Brown and includes Ricky Skaggs,
Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and Del McCoury. Legacy received a Grammy nomination in 2010.
Peter Rowan - Guitar, Vocals
GRAMMY--award winner and six--time GRAMMY nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter
with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of
bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, Peter's stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and his
subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international
fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant
touring. For more about Peter Rowan visit
Keith Little - Banjo, Vocals
A native of the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California, Keith Little is a nationally
acclaimed bluegrass musician, recording artist, and composer. Over a career spanning forty years,
Keith has been an important member of many national touring bands (Country Gentlemen, Ricky Skaggs &
Kentucky Thunder, Lonesome Standard Time), and has performed on the GRAMMY award winning recordings
"The Grass Is Blue" and "Little Sparrow" by Dolly Parton, and "Another Country" by the Chieftains.
An amazing vocalist, Keith appears regularly with duo partner Jim Nunally, and is also a featured
member of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience.
Paul Knight - Bass, Vocals
Paul Knight has been playing with Peter Rowan in various configurations for over 15 years. His
driving acoustic bass has been part of recordings and live performances with a wide range of
musicians including Jim Lauderdale, Laurie Lewis, and Crooked Jades, Paul is host to his own music
series, Paul Knight & Friends, in his hometown of Pt. Reyes Station, CA. Several projects & bands
have emerged from these shows including The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.
Originally from West Virginia, Blaine Sprouse took the music cue from his father, a clawhammer
banjo player who taught Blaine guitar chords at age six. Before turning eighteen, Blaine
fast-tracked his professional career by joining Jimmy Martin as a Sunny Mountain Boy, touring the
United States and Japan. After a move to Nashville, he left Martin to fiddle for Bill Monroe's son
James in the Midnight Ramblers. Much in demand as sideman and session player, Blaine toured and
recorded with a stunning array of legendary bluegrass and country artists, among them, Charlie
Louvin, Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys, and the Osborne Brothers. After the release of three
critically acclaimed solo recordings, Sprouse produced Indian Springs, a twin fiddle album with Kenny
Baker on which they exhibit intuitive chemistry. Also a gifted mandolin and guitar player, Sprouse
is at home in bluegrass, blues, swing, jazz and folk.
The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.
Friday, September 26
Show: 7:00 pm
Doors Open: 6:00 pm
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