Sugar Hill Records
A review for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
By Al Price
Peter Rowan with The Red Hot Pickers showcases Peter's talents at his best: singing straight ahead bluegrass. While Rowan's explorations into other genres has always been interesting and enjoyable, it's still exhilarating to hear Rowan's voice climb the scales of a good bluegrass tune. Peter Rowan with The Red Hot Pickers is such a wonderful collection. Opening with "Hobo Song" from the original Old And In The Way album, this album is a collection of bluegrass and traditional tunes from Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, and Rowan himself. With the exception of Mr. Monroe himself, it's hard to think of anyone whose voice phrases the pain in Bill Monroe's "Old, Old House" better than Rowan. Backed by Richard Greene on fiddle (Vassar Clement's predecessor with Old & In The Way), Tony Trischka on banjo, Andy Statman on mandolin and Roger Mason on bass, the instrumental breaks are every bit as engaging as Rowan's vocals. If you enjoy the second Old & In The Way release, this would make an excellent complement to your collection. Great music, great vocals, great tunes. If you foot stays still listening to this album, you aren't alive.