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Sean Rowe Releases Live Video Performance Of Shine My Diamond Ring

Esquire is premiering a new video from the remarkable singer-songwriter Sean Rowe. The clip is for the song Shine My Diamond Ring from Rowe’s forthcoming album Madman in stores this September 9. The unique video deftly replicates the visceral power of Rowe’s soulful new album with a filmed solo performance shot entirely live.There is a noticeable Delta blues influence on Shine My Diamond Ring with its driving repetitive guitar and stomping bass drum. “The guitar sound was influenced by John Lee Hooker,” Rowe says. It is a dually powerful and intimate singing and playing honed to absolute perfection amid a year performing in living rooms across the country on Rowe’s deliberately unorthodox House Concert series.

With the new album Madman, Rowe has created a beautifully primal work. The album is deliberately, if not defiantly, simple in both arrangement and composition. It is soul music in the purest and most literal sense, hypnotic rhythms, warmly distorted guitars and Rowe’s incredible voice recalling a time, real or imagined, when music and people seemed distinctly more connected.

Sean Rowe will be touring North American in support of his new album Madman beginning later this month.

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Sean Rowe To Release New Album, Madman, In September

Acclaimed singer and songwriter Sean Rowe will release his new album Madman on September 9. NPR Music is currently premiering the video for the record’s title track.

On his new record, Rowe, who The Wall Street Journal wrote “…recalls the ecstatic intensity of late-’60s Van Morrison and stark subtlety of late-era Johnny Cash” has created a beautifully primal work. Madman is deliberately, if not defiantly, simple in both arrangement and composition. It is soul music in the purest and most literal sense, hypnotic rhythms, warmly distorted guitars and Rowe’s incredible voice recalling a time, real or imagined, when music and people seemed distinctly more connected.

Rowe has spent much of the last year traveling the country with his guitar, performing in people’s living rooms for a series of house concerts. In a deliberate contradiction to the prevailing expectations of a professional musician, Rowe chose to interact with fans in the most intensely personal manner. This simplification or stripping away of excess is powerfully conveyed in the video for Madman. We see the musician performing in a series of unconventional venues as well as shots of Rowe in nature juxtaposed with images of him in crowded city streets, literally and figuratively walking against the crowd and blazing his own trail.

The sound of Madman is influenced, in large part, by the hypnotic driving guitars of Delta blues. “I was listening to records by R.L. Burnside and John Lee Hooker and others which are basically just guitar and drums and really raw sounding,” Rowe explains. “I was also listening to the early soul records like Otis Redding and Ray Charles. I didn’t want to try and duplicate those sounds, just take aspects of them and make them my own.”

The title track features a rhythmic guitar, lilting piano and melodic bass, punctuated by horns, all of it in the service of Rowe’s incredibly soulful voice. “My singing is definitely more playful on this record,” he says. The record was produced by Sean himself and engineer, Troy Pohl. Rowe says he wanted to strip away much of the production and focus instead on the voice and guitar style he had perfected in theaters, nightclubs and living rooms. “I came to this realisation that the songs don’t have to be structurally heavy to be intense,” he explains. “It’s more about the honesty and emotion behind the delivery. A lot of these songs are pretty simple but I was really thoughtful about that, it was intentional. I wanted to go right to the heart.”

Madman is a record of extraordinary honesty intent on establishing a connection. In its deliberate simplicity there is pure sonic emotion. “I wanted to go right to the heart with this,” he explains. “And sometimes that meant seeing how much we could remove. It helps to have a great recording. But I would rather have great performances and that’s what I was after here. Sometimes when you’re listening to a piece of music you don’t have to think about it, you just feel it. It’s primal and you trust it.”

You can catch Sean Rowe live on the following dates:
Sept 14: Pittsburgh, PA at Club Cafe
Sept 17: Louisville, KY at WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays
Sept 18: Nashville, TN at Third Man Records
Sept 23: Vienna, VA at Jammin Java
Sept 24: Philadelphia at World Cafe Live
Sept 25: NYC at Rockwood: Stage 2
Sept 26: NYC at Rockwood: Stage 3
Oct 1: Northampton, MA at Parlor Room
Oct 2: Providence, RI at Columbus Theatre
Oct 3: Troy, NY: Contemporary Arts Center at Woodside
Oct 4: Woodstock, NY at Colony Cafe

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Sean Rowe Announces Autumn Tour Dates

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sean Rowe has announced plans to hit the road this Autumn. In addition to a handful of dates in September with Scud Mountain Boys, Rowe will be hitting the road with label mates The Milk Carton Kids in late October.

Sean Rowe is an absolutely riveting live performer who has been converting audiences across the globe with his offbeat charisma and otherworldly voice. His music brings to life the atmosphere of the folk scene in the late 60s and early 70s. His voice is completely natural making it magical. From just one note, you’ll be captivated. His voice cannot be compared and words just cannot describe the effect his music has on audiences. He’s a gift to the music industry.

Sean Rowe will be performing in support of his extraordinary latest release, The Salesman and The Shark out now on Anti.

You can catch Sean Rowe live on the following dates:
With Scud Mountain Boys
18 Sept Ardmore, PA Milkboy
19  SeptNew York, NY The Mercury Lounge
20 Sept Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall

With The Milk Carton Kids
27 Oct Louisville, KY Zanzabar
28 Oct Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
29 Oct Columbus, OH Lincoln Theatre
30 Oct Knoxville, TN The Bowery
1 Nov Asheville, NC Altamont Theatre
2 Nov Middletown OH Dave Finkelman Aud, Miami University
3 Nov Birmingham, AL WorkPlay
4 Nov New Orleans, LA The Parish @ House of Blues
5 Nov Houston, TX McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

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