Conscious Records Seattle writes: Rowan Schuitevoerder (pronounced Skay-da-forder) was our youngest artist -- 17 years old when we signed him -- and he already played guitar like a mature bluesman / rocker. He first came to our attention through Adam Zwig who mentioned the teen in a label / artist meeting. Zwig insisted that we come down to Portland to hear the young guitarist play. So we made the three hour trek and it was more than worth our time. To experience Rowan's music is to experience the uncanny, the mysterious. You see a young kid holding his guitar but you hear the sounds of a mature blues-rock musician, with all the inflection and feel that usually takes years if not decades to master. And Rowan has only been playing for a few years which makes it all the more strange! Now 19 and in college, Rowan doesn't have the touring and recording experience that our other artists have, however, he more than makes up for this with his enthusiasm, dedication, and most of all, his immense talent. Rowan grew up in Australia where his experiences had more to do nature than with music. Living rurally, he learned the ways of the Australian outback; he was rarely in a city. But all that changed when his family moved to America in the 1990's. Suddenly he was thrust into new experiences, new cultures, and new landscapes. He adapted quickly but not in the way you would expect a teen to do; he doesn't watch MTV, doesn't follow the latest fashion or sub-culture trends, and doesn't try to fit in. Instead, he forges his own unique path; he still utilizes the independence he learned in the Australian outback, however, this time he has traded in his didjereedoo for a 1972 Gibson SG. And he plays it with all the fire, passion and maturity of a seasoned pro. Over the last 6 months, Rowan has worked with Jon Plum (Pearl Jam, Melissa Etheridge) on his debut blues / rock EP. His first album is an instrumental CD showcasing his guitar playing. It's so great to see a young artist whose genuinely into the craft of making music on an instrument; the music industry has strayed so far from this basic foundation with it's intense focus on image and production. Compare the level of musicianship of current artists with that of artists of the 1970's, for example, and you will be shocked. It's as if many artists today learn the minimum they need to get by on their instrument. Rowan Schuitevoerder is just the opposite. He already let us know in no uncertain terms that he wanted no studio trickery on his album; 'that would be cheating,' he says. He wanted the real thing - pure, real musicianship and his debut album is a testement to this attitude. Pop it in your CD player and dig the blues!