Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan discusses the process of carving out his own musical identity, and plays his classic song “The Walls of Time,” which he co-wrote with his old boss and mentor, Bill Monroe.

“Bluegrass is mostly for love,” Rowan says during his Acoustic Guitar Sessions interview.

Playing a gorgeous Preston Thompson guitar given to him by the luthier at a concert, Rowan delivers a gorgeous solo performance of “The Walls of Time,” a song he co-wrote with his former mentor, Bill Monroe.


As Rowan describes, it was Monroe who helped him learn how to carve out his own musical identity in a career that would find him taking liberties with the genre in groups alongside such notable players as David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, and Clarence White, and venturing into rock ‘n’ roll, reggae, and Buddhist trance music.

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