By TERRI LEE FATOUROS
Dandenong Ranges-based folk and roots artist Jed Rowe has made a name for himself amongst the blues and roots crowd over recent years with his passionate storytelling, stirring vocals and outstanding slide guitar playing.
In recent years he has found a friend, ally and collaborator is legendary Australian blues guitarist Jeff Lang, who produced Jed’s breakthrough 2012 album The Ember and The Afterglow.
That record caught the attention of critics and punters alike, earning Jed a string of stellar reviews and a spot at events such as The Port Fairy Folk Festival, Thredbo Blues Festival and the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Travel and hard work is all part of the game for Jed, who late last year made his first overseas tour – a grueling 25 show epic across Europe (completed in just 24 days).
Now back in Victoria, the father of three is set to release a new record, again with Lang in the production role, but this time ably assisted by Cat Canteri and Justin Burnasconi of local band The Stillsons.
The new record, titled The Last Day of Winter, again showcases Jed’s fine songwriting and musicianship, but features a contemporary, percussive production approach and a live feel which elevates it above its predecessor in this writer’s opinion.
The Last Day of Winter will be available in all good record stores from Friday 29 May.