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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.

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Magic/Sean Rowe

Wow! Let me say I live for singer songwriters. The problem for me as of late, is that they all sound the same. Not so here. I am honored to be the first to write a review. My first for I-tunes. Sean is in his own element. A deep voice for deep times. This is for anyone seeking a different path of a spiritual thirst...Music is a healing and aligning process. Sean helps you get there. Thank you!

Its about time

I had the privilege of meeting Sean in college. I heard his music roaring through his door and into the hallway. He is one of the most humble and caring person I have ever met. In a world of music uncertainty, there is nothing more certain than this. And it's about time a label realized it. Thank you ANTI and thank you Sean.


If you like waits, Cohen and artists that combine poetry with an unapologetic passion. Buy this album.

Sean, if you read these, I had given up on music being anything but bubblegum. Thank you. I can't wait to see you live. And thanks to KCRW for introducing me to you.

Support your local radio! This is what they find.


Born: 1975 in Troy, New York

Genre: Alternative

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 some. By the time he began...
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