Produced by a wealth of diverse contributors drawn from across Marin County, CA, and the San Francisco Bay Area, The County Well is a genuinely unique and sometimes truly strange blend of voices, instruments, and styles. At its core is a sort of "southern-ness" that ranges geographically from Tennessee, down to New Orleans, west through Texas, along the Mexican border, and into Southern California. Instrumentally, this southern-ness is evoked by dobro, pedal steel, slide guitar, flute, trombone, nylon string guitar picked in both Bluegrass and Spanish styles, and piano and organ. Stylistically, one hears the influences of Little Feat, J.J. Cale, Jerry Douglas, Marshall Tucker, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Daniel Lanois; and, more contemporarily, Hot Buttered Rum String Band and Moses Guest, which stands to reason because Eric Yates of HBR and Graham Guest of Moses Guest are all over the record. Here is the complete list of musicians and music-makers who are The County Well:
Tracy Blackman-Backing Vocals on Mrs. Soul and Hollywood.
Eric Eisenberg- Backing Vocals on Light.
Graham Guest-Nylon Guitar on all songs. Electric Guitar on Subtle and Serene.
- Lead Vocals on Everything except Subtle and Serene.
Joel Jaffe- Pedal Steel on Alabama, Baby and Hollywood. Lap Steel on Extra Heavy.
Sophie Meiers-Backing Vocals on Alabama.
Steve Moore-Bass on Everything
Sean Nelson-Drums and Percussion on Hollywood, Ship You Can’t Steer, Mrs. Soul, Light, and Empty Hall.
Amy Nordstrom- Backing Vocals on Baby, Extra Heavy and Ship You Can’t Steer.
Sandy Stadtfelt- Trombone on Mezzaine.
Erik Yates-Flute on Mrs. Soul, Subtle and Serene and Ship You Can’t Steer.
-Dobro on Baby. Backing Vocals on Light.
Steven Younger- Keyboards on Hollywood, Empty Hall and Extra Heavy.
-Backing Vocals on Hollywood and Mrs. Soul.
Don Zimmer- Acoustic Guitar on all songs except Baby.
-Snare Drum on Alabama.
Produced by Graham Guest and Don Zimmer.
Mixed by Joel Jaffe, Buddy Saleman and Don Zimmer. Mastered by Jeffrey Norman.
Made in Mill Valley
Peter Rowan Documentary
There are only a few Blue Grass Boys still around that played with the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Peter Rowan was a Blue Grass Boy in the 1960s for only a short time, but Bill's influence and musical knowledge still resonates with Peter. Even as he branched out into his own music after leaving Bill's band, his bluegrass roots were never far away. This portrait of Peter expands beyond his music to his artistic and spiritual endeavors spanning four decades, giving the viewer an in-depth look at a true legend within our Americana musical history. His lyrical quality and melodies are memorable, and Peter influenced the next generation of musicians, sharing what Monroe taught him and what he has learned while being a troubadour and traveling the world.
South 40 Films and Floating Records produced The Tao of Bluegrass - A Portrait of Peter Rowan. The film was accepted and screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival in October 2013 to a sold out show. We were thrilled to have it in front of an audience that appreciated Peter's talents and to have Peter there with us.