The Rowan Brothers — Exquisite Harmony

I dropped into Sweetwater, the Mill Valley nightclub that I love madly, tonight on the way home from a day in the city. I didn’t know who the Rowan Brothers were. Oh Jeez were they good! Brothers Chris and Lorin head the band these days*, singing beautiful harmonies on each song. They work together seamlessly, whether it’s a Bob Marley song, or Sam-and-Dave type harmonies on a Sam Cooke song, or blue grass. They’re musical chameleons. Lovely love songs. Nothing trite. Everything high quality.

The brothers play great guitars. The bass player was perfect, great drummer, elegant organ player. What a band! I bought their 2-CD set, Now and Then and have been listening to it as I write this (it’s now 4 AM). It is so good! How did I miss these guys for so long? I’m gonna go see them if I hear of them playing anywhere around here. The only date on their website (https://www.rowanbrothers.com/2is July 20-23, 2006 at the Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, Hillsdale NY

(860-364-0366).

*More famous bro Peter Rowan isn’t part of today’s band.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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