Sean Rowe Signs to Anti- Records


Congrats to Nippertown’s soulful singer-songwriter Sean Rowe, who is about to go national in a big way.

He’s just signed to Anti- Records, the indie label whose roster includes such prestigious recording artists as Bettye LaVette, Nick Cave, Merle Haggard, Dr. Dog, Neko Case, Mavis Staples, Joe Henry, Daniel Lanois, DeVotchKa and, of course, Tom Waits.

Rowe’s first album for Anti- Records will be a re-issue of his 2009 album, “Magic,” which was originally released a year and a half ago on Collar City Records.

Co-produced by Sean Rowe and Troy Pohl (ex-Kamikaze Hearts), the album was recorded at Collar City Sound in Troy and features contributions from such Capital Region A-listers as cellist Monica Wilson Roach, pianist Adrian Cohen and drummers Danny Whelchel and Matthew Loiacono.

The Anti- Records release of “Magic” is slated for Tuesday, February 22, 2011.

Here’s the official press release from the folks at Anti-:

Anti- Records is thrilled to announce the signing of an exciting new artist: singer- songwriter SEAN ROWE. In the tradition of Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison, ROWE utilizes his extraordinarily soulful baritone, along with a poet’s skill, to sketch a world where man and nature lie down uneasily side by side. Disconnected images flicker past in ROWE’s songs like the random neon of a city street, or the trees down a country lane; on the song “Jonathan” ROWE offers burning cars – “I lit the dash, I took my sunglasses off, I like to see the fucker glow” – alongside moments of haunting innocence – “Remember after school at the Skylar park, trading in our stories for the dark.” Then like a conjurer he makes these disconnected images come together, reminding us of all that we have forgotten, our place in the natural world. As ROWE explains, “A song like ‘Jonathan’ is pretty dark stuff but it’s also about trying to connect, trying to grab people. I’m not just writing for myself.”

An avid naturalist, ROWE derives inspiration from his own wilderness experiences along with the writings of transcendentalists like Henry David Thoreau. “I love the simplicity and harmony of the natural world. I think it’s something we have lost touch with. But it’s hard to write songs about nature without sounding hokey. It’s better to go out and experience it first hand. I do use it for imagery because it has an incredible power, just like I use religious imagery even though I’m not particularly religious. For me it’s more about imagery and emotion and not necessarily creating a straight forward narrative.”

Metroland Magazine recently proclaimed that “Rowe’s baritone is one of those rare singing voices that will leave you forever changed. Like Al Green, Van Morrison, or Gil Scott-Heron at their best…” while WEXT Radio offered, “Listening to Sean Rowe, it is hard to decide what is more magical – the dream-inducing songs or Sean’s powerful, emotional voice. The big, deep and rich sound pulls on your heart almost to the point of breaking.”

Time To Think
Old Black Dodge
The Walker
Wrong Side Of The Bed
The Long Haul

You can catch Sean Rowe performing at the Marketplace Gallery in Albany on Saturday, December 4 and at Club Helsinki Hudson in Hudson on Monday, December 20.

  1. Michael Eck says

    Rock on, Sean. It’s great to see this talent being recognized in such a tangible way.

  2. Mike H says

    Wow, great news!

  3. Stephen Orsini says

    Wow… not surprised, Sean is awesome. Miss playing w/him (hint, hint, wink, wink)

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