There are moments when I want someone to sit down nearby and sing only to me. And in those moments, I want a voice to pierce my heart. There are recordings in my collection I reach for when I need that intimacy. Nick Drake made some; Richard Thompson, Lisa Hannigan and M. Ward are all my hi-fi friends. Most recently it's been Sean Rowe, whose bass-baritone rattles the soul. This man can sing, and his new album The Salesman and the Shark is a masterwork of song, production and voice.
NPR's been a fan for a while. It invited Rowe to play a Tiny Desk Concert last fall.
The Salesman and the Shark is out August 28. And, yep, he's playing at Valentine's September 8. Railbird opens.
photo via Sean Rowe Facebook
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