The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band consists of outstanding musicians with over 100 years of combined recording and performance experience. Joining guitarist Peter Rowan are Chris Henry (mandolin and vocals), Max Wareham (banjo and vocals), Julian Pinelli (fiddle) and Eric Thorin (bass). 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 released The Old School, a magnificent blending of old school sounds and players (Del McCoury, Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Osborne and Buddy Picher) with bright young talents 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. Rebel Records was the home for Peter’s next bluegrass masterpiece, Carter Stanley’s Eyes, and 2022 saw the release of Calling You From My Mountain on Rebel Records featuring members of the Bluegrass Band and special guest appearance by Molly Tuttle, Billy Strings, Shawn Camp and Lindsey Lou.
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.
Chris Henry - Mandolin, Vocals
Son of bluegrass musicians Red and Murphy Henry, grew up around the old school sound. After intense study in his formative years, the International Bluegrass Music Association, referring to his mandolin picking, has called him "the premiere Monroe stylist of his generation." Moving to Nashville about ten years ago, Chris was fortunate to develop his singing with great performers like Shawn Camp and Verlon Thompson among many others. He received an IBMA nomination for Song of the Year in 2011 for writing "Walking West to Memphis." Chris also enjoys working as a musical educator, teaching workshops at colleges and camps across the country as well as giving private lessons, and producing recordings from his studio in Nashville.
Julian Pinelli - Fiddle
His masterful fiddling fits perfectly with a modern approach to bluegrass and new acoustic music. Awarded the 2016 Fresh Grass Fiddle Award and winner of the 2017 RockyGrass fiddle competition, Julian spent his childhood surrounded by many iconic acoustic musicians in Asheville NC including fiddler Bobby Hicks – whose smooth and lush sound has had a big impact on Julian’s playing. Now residing in Boston and a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Julian has been honored with the 2016 Fletcher Bright Award and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival’s 2015 Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship.
Eric Thorin: Acoustic Double Bass
A highly regarded musician/bassist living on the front range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Eric can be found on stage in in The Matt Flinner Trio with Ross Martin, Danny Barnes and various touring luminaries such as Darol Anger, Bonnie Paine, Tony Furtado and more. Teaching is a big part of his presence including The Crested Butte Music Festival, Spanish Peaks Celtic Festival, Grand Targhee Music Camp as well as serving as adjunct faculty in the newly formed Folk and Bluegrass program at the University of Northern Colorado.
New Frontier Touring
Max Wareham - Banjo, Vocals
Max is the son of Peter’s second cousin, John. Hailing from New England, he learned his trade from banjo masters Bill Keith and Tony Trischka. He is also a teacher and the author of Rudy Lyle: The Unsung Hero of the Five-String Banjo, a book chronicling the life and music of early bluegrass banjo pioneer Rudy Lyle. Wareham has also studied jazz guitar at The New School in New York, played bass with the psych-pop outfit Sun Parade, and wrote songs and produced several albums under various aliases. Much of his work in bluegrass and education is focused on early bluegrass banjo styles and how they can offer alternative paths to expression within the bluegrass idiom.