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Editors’ Notes

From the first few notes on Sean Rowe’s Magic it’s apparent that the Troy, New York-based singer/songwriter’s scruffy, bearded, tattooed appearance isn’t feigned in the slightest. His hardscrabble narratives and raw poetry sung in a weathered rasp reveal the baritoned bard to be “the real deal.” Rowe grew up on the eastern bank of the Hudson River listening to old blues records, ‘60s soul and Bob Dylan’s discography, though he credits Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits as his immediate influences — immediately obvious from honeyed grit of “Surprise.” The slow and smoldering “Time to Think” makes it easier to believe a bio stating that Rowe has been writing songs since the age of 13 — he seems to have tapped into that songwriter’s lightning rod that make luminaries like Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt totally peerless. Songs like “Night” and “Jonathan” reveal a storyteller in close touch with the wild nature encompassing his hometown, while “Old Black Dodge” finds him tapping naturally into the timeless, beat-down, workingman themes congruent with the magic Bruce Springsteen wove on 1982’s Nebraska.

Customer Reviews

my opinion

Very good, haunting lyrics; a reminder of the sixties protest era

Une belle surprise/A nice surprise

Je suis chanceuse d'être tombée sur cet album par hasard. Très touchant, une voix si grave et qui exprime tant de vulnérabilité. Merci Sean!

I consider myself very fortunate for having stumbled upon this album . Very touching lyrics, such a deep voice expressing so much vulnerability. Thank you Sean!


Born: 1975 in Troy, New York

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer and songwriter Sean Rowe's rather astonishing singing voice evokes the sound of the ages. His big rumbling baritone bears traces of John Lee Hooker, Greg Brown, Wilson Pickett, and others, though it is utterly unaffected. Rowe hails from Troy, New York. In his teens he discovered the blues of Muddy Waters and Hooker as well as the soul music of Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles. He began playing guitar and learning songs by virtually every artist he admired — and then...
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