(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Sean Rowe, a Troy, N.Y. native and lifelong naturalist, brings his gritty style of singer-songwriter folk-rock to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, May 1, at 9pm. A throwback to 1970s-era soulful rock poets like Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison, with a hint of punk-rock energy, Rowe boasts an impossibly deep and rich baritone, a gift for melody, and a knack for the perfectly hewn image to get across his haunting, brooding folk-rock anthems. Singer-songwriter Matthew Fowler will warm up the crowd for Rowe.
Rowe’s spare, organic approach and poetic simplicity at times recalls Greg Brown, another folk-rock poet with a deep growl. Other influences include Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles, all of whom can be heard in Rowe’s vocals, rhythms, and percussive guitar playing.
This week, Rowe releases an EP entitled “Her Songs.” The album presents songs written by six of Rowe’s favorite female artists – Sade, Cat Power, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Lucinda Williams and Feist – and showcases the interpretive side of Rowe’s vocal and guitar work.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800