Lorin Rowan, Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, was born and raised in the rural suburban New England town of Wayland, Massachusetts, 20 miles west of Boston, along with his two older brothers Peter and Chris. Around the age of 12, self-taught and learning to ‘play-by-ear’, Lorin started out on a Harmony tenor 4-string guitar before he learned how to play 6-string. Peter’s early interest in Bluegrass helped inspire Lorin to play mandolin. In fact, Lorin still has and plays the Gibson ‘A’ Junior that Peter sold him for $25 many years ago! As his musical chops were developing, Lorin’s instinct and talent for songwriting began to emerge.
After graduating from high school in 1970, Lorin moved to Marin and has lived in Mill Valley for the past 38 years. At that time Lorin and his brother Chris formed ‘The Rowan Brothers’. Within a year they were signed by Clive Davis on Columbia Records and recorded their first album.
Lorin and Chris then teamed up with brother Peter as “The Rowans” and were signed by David Geffen to record three albums on Warner/Asylum; ‘The Rowans’, ‘Sibling Rivalry’ and ‘Jubilation’ respectively. The country-rock arrangements featured their sterling three-part harmonies.
In the 80’s, Lorin and his partner Jimmy Dillon formed a local San Francisco rock-reggae group called “The Edge”. They recorded several independent releases and packed the local club scene. They often shared the bill with Huey Lewis and The News.