Saturday, Sept 4, 2021
From his rather unglamorous beginning as a street singer, Bryan Bowers has become a major artist on the traditional music circuit. He has redefined the autoharp and is also well known as a singer-songwriter. Bryan has a dynamic outgoing personality and an uncanny ability to enchant a crowd in practically any situation. His towering six foot four inch frame can be wild and zany on stage while playing a song like `Dixie’ and five minutes later he can have the same audience singing `Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ in quiet reverence and delight.
Bower’s creativity and talent have won him induction into Frets Magazine’s First Gallery of the Greats, after five years of winning the stringed instrument open category of the magazine’s readers’ poll. This distinction put Bowers along side other luminaries, such as Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Stephan Grappelli, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Rice, Rob Wasserman and Mark O’Connor, recognized for their personal accomplishments. In 1993, Bryan was the first living member inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame to stand only with Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow, and Sara Carter. For over five decades, Bryan Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo. He presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism.
In 2019, Bryan joined forces with Geoff Goodhue and Danny Knicely to produce “Woodland Dream.” About the album, Sam Bush has this to say: “Be it instrumentals, songs, or a cappella vocal trios, this music is from the heart, done for all the right reasons…simply put, it’s obvious these guys love playing and singing together.”
Bryan Bowers: autoharp, mandolincello, guitar, vocals
Danny Knicely: mandolincello, mandolin, guitar, vocals
Geoff Goodhue: mandolin, guitar, vocals
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