Sean Rowe Sings “Her Songs”

April 27th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

“This is the best cover of any of my songs that anyone has ever done,” proclaimed Lucinda Williams after hearing Sean Rowe’s powerhouse rendition of “Soldier’s Song.” “I am completely moved.”

With deep, bad-ass booming baritone voice, Troy troubadour Sean Rowe might be one of the very last singer-songwriters that you might imagine to record a collection of songs made famous by contemporary female artists… but that’s exactly what he’s done with Her Songs, a new, six-song EP of covers that’s slated for release on Tuesday (April 28) from Anti- Records.

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Cutting to the emotional heart of the material, the six songs are each rendered by Rowe with a bare-bones voice-and-acoustic-guitar approach in a single live take. (Oh, yes, he did also play harmonica on “Soldier’s Song.”)

“This whole experience reminded me of how good these songs are,” Rowe says. “If you can cover a song with just a voice and a guitar, you know there’s something there. It really confirms my belief in how important space is in a song. And of being content in using very few elements to create something.”

Here’s the track listing for Rowe’s Her Songs EP:

Cat Power – “Colors and the Kids,”
Neko Case – “Hold On, Hold On”
Regina Spektor – “Ode to Divorce”
Lucinda Williams – “Soldier’s Song”
Feist – “Let It Die”
Sade – “By Your Side”

Sean Rowe celebrates the release of Her Songs with a release party at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Friday (May 1). Singer-songwriter Matthew Fowler opens the show. Tickets are $20.