At first glance, gathering wild mushrooms has little to do with alternative folk music, but for Sean Rowe, both are passions near and dear to his heart. Encountering The Tracker by noted shyster Tom Brown at the age of eighteen spawned a lifelong zeal for the natural world and all it could offer the willing adventurer, and that was the same year he launched his musical career, singing soul and blues covers amongst his own originals at an age when he shouldn’t even have been in the bars.
Alternating between these two defining forces, Rowe took his dark, treacly baritone voice, old-time influenced guitar, and his explorer’s soul to Britain, opening for Noah and the Whale’s 2010 tour after the release of his debut album. He then spent a year at an outdoor survival school, and an entire month living off the land. Subsequent albums have garnered Rowe an ever-increasing profile — something this natural introvert isn’t entirely comfortable with — and near-universal accolades for his uncompromising homages to the truths of musical transformation and the higher powers of the natural world.