Sean Rowe is to music what an anti-superhero would be. Supernatural powers of a baritone voice that pulls from the foundations of the universe and the curse of fighting against the trappings of the music business that have left him worn, unwilling to give in and resolute ‘to the road less traveled,’ as he explains in his FaceBook bio.
To experience his live show is something like being attracted to a circus freak show act: does his voice really sound like that?
Yes. Yes it does and it’s much more than entertainment in the payoff. If Rowe doesn’t move you and I mean move you emotionally, then you aren’t really present in the moment, as his act demands.
Pouring himself into each song; telling a story accompanied by his second superpower, unexpected melodies from his guitar; he revels in simple, honest life. And this is Sean’s fight or burden. You ask yourself why isn’t this guy selling out arenas with his voice and music? And the more you are drawn in, the more you understand that he truly doesn’t desire crowds. He wants you, one-on-one. He wants his music to find you exactly where you are. And his curse is that his sentiment and honesty are lost on the greater music landscape.
Rowe has just released his fourth album ‘New Lore’ and is traveling relentlessly to fulfill his mission to connect with small audiences. A review of his next two months has him moving through the Southeast into Northeast where for several weeks he jumps the pond and plays on a torrent through Europe. Then returns to the Mid-west to the Southwest without any deceleration of pace.
Rowe told the nearly full-house at Evening Muse a story about his friend, who was the inspiration for his anchor song on New Lore: ‘To Leave Something Behind.’ This same song has brushed stardom being featured in Ben Affleck’s movie the Accountant.
If Rowe doesn’t move you and I mean move you emotionally, then you aren’t really present in the moment, as his act demands.
To Leave Something Behind is also the core of Rowe’s mission on tour and perhaps in life. Clearly, the importance of what he does for himself isn’t focused on going Platinum. And he is desperate and driven to leave something behind that is personal, genuine and pulls the deep of the universe just a little closer for those he sings to.
Upcoming shows at Evening Muse: http://www.eveningmuse.com/calendar/