Sean Rowe – the Troy troubadour with the booming baritone voice – took the stage at Saratoga Springs’ Newberry Music Hall last month in support of his latest EP, Her Songs. The Albany-based duo the Sea the Sea opened the show.
Rowe is slated to return to the Spa City for a rare two-night stand at Caffe Lena at 8pm on Saturday, January 30 and 7pm on Sunday, January 31. Tickets are $25 in advance; $27 at the door.
After his Sunday evening concert at Caffe Lena quickly sold out, Troy troubadour Sean Rowe added a second show – a 3pm matinee on Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. And, yes, that show also sold out.
Singer-songwriter and Troy native Sean Rowe has been playing a lot of house concerts lately, but he stepped out on a real stage – the Ernie Williams Stage at Cohoes’ Canal Square – last month for a knock-out free Friday evening show that offered a sneak peek at some of the tunes from his upcoming third album, Madman, due out next Tuesday (September 9). You don’t have to wait til then to hear the album, though. It’s currently streaming at NPR’s First Listen…
Yup, here’s “Signs,” the latest official music video from Sean Rowe’s sophomore album, The Salesman and the Shark on Anti Records.
And here’s a little reminder that Rowe has a couple of Greater Nippertown performances slated for next month – Wilco’sSolid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday, June 22 (at 1:30pm, performing inbetween Lucius and the Dream Syndicate) and at 8pm on Sunday, June 23 at Club Helsinki in Hudson, opening for the Handsome Family.
Troy singer-songwriter Sean Rowe will be making his network television debut tonight on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” And Rowe will be bringing along some other Nippertown musicians with him, too, including Railbird’s Sarah Pedinotti, Chris Kyle and Chris Carey. Bassist Ben Campbell rounds out Rowe’s backing band, which will be performing “Downwind” from Rowe’s Anti- Records album, The Salesman and the Shark.
Rowe won’t be the only Sean on the show, either. Kimmel’s other guests are comedian Ben Hoffman and music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs at 11:30pm tonight on WTEN-TV.
Three years ago, I had the good fortune of frequenting the Daily Grind’s Thursday night open mic in Troy while Sean Rowe was hosting. If there weren’t a lot of performers on a given night, Rowe would play several songs to fill the time. Among the songs I and the other patrons heard were “Old Shoes,” “Flying” and “The Walker.” Saturday night at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany, those songs were played once again but in a different context. Rowe was no longer standing alone in front of a mic with only his acoustic guitar in hand. Now, he had company in the form of three members of Railbird – Sarah Pedinotti, Chris Carey and Chris Kyle.
The occasion was Rowe’s CD release party for “The Salesman and the Shark,” his first new recording for major independent label Anti- Records. Anti- re-issued Sean’s previous full-length album, “Magic,” last year after Rowe signed with them. With backing trio in tow, Rowe opened the night with “Flying,” one of six songs he played off “The Salesman and the Shark.” The song always stood out when Rowe played it solo, but the Railbird crew gave it an extra lift Saturday between Carey’s drumming and Pedinotti’s backing vocals.
Sean Rowe and Sarah Pedinotti at The Exit's Local 518 Benefit Concert in 2009 (photo by Bryan Thomas)
LISTEN:Sean Rowe’s hotly anticipated sophomore album for Anti- Records isn’t slated for official release until next Tuesday (August 28), but you can listen to “The Salesman and the Shark” in its entirety right now at National Public Radio.
We’re still more than a month away from Sean Rowe’s upcoming sophomore album, “The Salesman and the Shark” (slated to be released on Tuesday, August 28 on Anti- Records). But the publicity machine is already in high gear, and anticipation is building:
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