Al Rowe Project

Al Rowe Project

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One of the most exciting new musicians to emerge from the Seattle scene in recent years. The music of Al Rowe is wide ranging to say the least - typically loud, sometimes mellow, but ALWAYS intense. Genuis, pure genius!

Biography

AL ROWE BIOGRAPHY

SOUND: Blues, R&B, Funk & Soul

Al Rowe grew up in Chicago, Illinois where as a youth, his musical influences began early in life. On many occasions, as a child he would watch his grandfather and Sunnyland Slim (as well as several other “veteran” blues greats) jam in the family’s living room. Al started learning how to play the guitar at the age of 7 year old and continued to evolve as a guitar player resulting from the countless hours of playing and experimenting. After discovering the playing style & arrangements of one of his earlier influences, the late Jimi Hendrix, Al went on to become the winner of the “National Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition” in Seattle, Washington in the late 90’s.

Having played Rhythm & Blues, Blues, Jazz, Funk & Soul with some of the great musicians of our time, Al has since developed into an extraordinarily talented guitarist, song writer, vocalist, composer & arranger.

To his credit, Al has written songs for the late Miles Davis, and has worked with many of the great musical legends such as:

*James “Curley” Cook (Founding Member of the
Steve Miller Band); 2001 - present
*Willie Dixon (The Father of the Blues); Chicago,
IL - 1981/82
*John Lee Hooker; La Conner, WA - 1999
Pops Staples of “The Staple Singers”; Chicago
Blues Festival - 1993
*Joanna Conner; Opening Act/European Tour
(Germany & France) - 1995
*Edwin Starr/Studio Sessions; London, England –
1983-84
*Andy Summer (The Police); London, England -
1985
*Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash)/Studio Sessions;
London, England - 1983/84
*Wisefools; Chicago, IL - 1981
*Kingston Mines; Chicago, IL - 1982
*Jimi Mc Griff (Hammond B3 legend); Chicago, IL -
1979
*Bill Dickens (Bass guitar legend); Chicago, IL -
1982

Al Rowe continues to define and expand his own unique sound. His original compositions fuse blues, jazz, funk and rock & roll to create a tasteful and fully satisfying groove. A versatile showman who fully engages his audience, Al’s performances have been described as electrifying, soulful and full of power.

When not touring the United States or Europe, Al continues to actively mentor and teach music to kids through the nation-wide “Blues in the Schools” Program (a program he has been involved with since 2001). Otherwise, Al spends his time writing, composing & arranging new songs that always seem to have that “new edge & style” that is the signature to the Al Rowe sound. Al is able to bridge the generation gap, as his musical style appeals to not only the seasoned music aficionado, but he is also able to deliver his musical message to an appreciative, younger “college crowd”, as well.

“I have always focused on expanding my music by opening my mind to new concepts that I feel fit the theme of my music. I try to put my own stamp on it (so to speak) and make every attempt to get my audience to feel what I’m feeling while I’m playing. I hope you enjoy listening to the music as much as we enjoy playing it”.
- Al Rowe -

Discography

Briter Daze 2004

Set List

LEGEND
SPACEMAN’S DREAM
TO THE OTHER SIDE
FRIENDS
BRITER DAZE
NU AGE COWBOY
CRAZY
NASTY
COLORS
BLUE
ON THE SPOT
KOOL
CATHY
GOT TO GET OVER YOU
WILL I KNOW TOMORROW
GET OUT
JOHNNY B. GOODE
SCUTTLEBUTTIN’
HERBERT HARPER’S FREE PRESS NEWS
ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER
RED HOUSE
HEAR MY TRAIN
STAR SPANGLED BANNER
PRIDE AND JOY
COLD SHOT
COULDN’T STAND THE WEATHER
TEXAS FLOOD
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB