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Can I Eat This? Food, Foraging, and Music with Sean Rowe (Episode 1)

BGS is thrilled to present Can I Eat This?, a brand new series from singer-songwriter and avid forager Sean Rowe. In each episode, Rowe is joined by a different musical guest with whom he ventures out into woods surrounding the artfully designed grounds of AutoCamp’s Catskills resort where wild food abounds. In addition to finding, harvesting, and preparing their haul, Rowe and his guests record a song together. In this first episode, he performs “Look at Miss Ohio” with Taylor Ashton.

“I had been listening to Gillian Welch a lot while on tour on the west coast recently, helping me get through some of the long drives,” Rowe says. “When it came time to decide what would be the first cover song choice for the show, I heard ‘Look at Miss Ohio’ playing in my head and I knew that was THE one.”

The developing interest in foraging can be attributed to a number of factors including a flood of popular books and documentaries detailing the alarmingly negative health and environmental impacts of America’s fast-food/factory-farmed-based diets. Also, after more than two years spent in an emotionally-charged state of isolation, many are seeking out the space and quiet serenity of nature. Taken in combination, the series is a gentle and inviting respite from modern life and provides viewers with relatively simple methods of making positive changes in their lives.

Among other wild foods-based programs, which tend to be serious in tone with an emphasis on survivalist themes, Can I Eat This? stands out. Rowe’s enthusiasm is infectious and welcoming to anyone who wants to learn more about this increasingly popular pursuit.

Sean Rowe is known for his earth-shaking baritone voice and talent for songwriting. Upon reading the book The Tracker by renowned naturalist Tom Brown as a teenager, he discovered a passion for nature and the wilderness that would continue to parallel and complement his musical journey. Attending courses at Brown’s Wilderness Survival School, his exploration of nature and foraging began to take shape. In 2007, Rowe spent a year dedicated to the arts of “primitive living skills” at Hawk Circle wilderness center in Cherry Valley, New York, where he strengthened and honed a commitment and belief in foraging.

Of his passion for foraging, Rowe says, “Harvesting plants, turning them into nutritious meals, making usable utilitarian items, and procuring medicines from wild plants has been my doorway to a dynamic connection with nature that hiking and camping alone could not give me. Every day I look forward to eating something that is near, if not impossible to find in any grocery store. The lifestyle of a modern forager is one of adventure seeking, thrift, minimalism, the unknown, and optimal health.”

Sean Rowe & Taylor Ashton Sing “Look at Miss Ohio” in New Series About Foraging

Can I Eat This? is a brand new series from accomplished singer-songwriter and avid forager Sean Rowe. In each episode, Rowe is joined by a different musical guest with whom he ventures out into woods surrounding the artfully designed grounds of AutoCamp’s Catskills resort where wild food abounds. In addition to finding, harvesting, and preparing their haul, Rowe and his guests record a song together. Emphasis is placed on making sure the content is accurate but dialog is loose, humorous, conversational, and real.

The developing interest in foraging can be attributed to a number of factors including a flood of popular books and documentaries detailing the alarmingly negative health and environmental impacts of America’s fast-food/factory-farmed-based diets. Also, after more than two years spent in an emotionally-charged state of isolation, many are seeking out the space and quiet serenity of nature. Taken in combination, the series is a gentle and inviting respite from modern life and provides viewers with relatively simple methods of making positive changes in their lives.

Among other wild foods-based programs, which tend to be serious in tone with an emphasis on survivalist themes, Can I Eat This? stands out. Rowe’s enthusiasm is infectious and welcoming to anyone who wants to learn more about this increasingly popular pursuit. In the teaser below, he performs “Look at Miss Ohio” with Taylor Ashton.

“I had been listening to Gillian Welch a lot while on tour on the west coast recently, helping me get through some of the long drives,” Rowe says. “When it came time to decide what would be the first cover song choice for the show, I heard ‘Look at Miss Ohio’ playing in my head and I knew that was THE one.”

Sean Rowe is known for his earth-shaking baritone voice and talent for songwriting. He’s recorded five critically acclaimed albums (four on the label ANTI- and his most recent on Fluff & Gravy Records) along with several EPs. His music has been used widely throughout film and television. Rowe’s song “To Leave Something Behind” was one of two non-score tracks to be featured in Ben Affleck’s hit feature film, The Accountant. The song accompanied the film’s final scene and has since received over 10 million streams on Spotify alone.

Upon reading the book The Tracker by renowned naturalist Tom Brown as a teenager, he discovered a passion for nature and the wilderness that would continue to parallel and complement his musical journey. Attending courses at Brown’s Wilderness Survival School, his exploration of nature and foraging began to take shape. In 2007, Rowe spent a year dedicated to the arts of “primitive living skills” at Hawk Circle wilderness center in Cherry Valley, New York, where he strengthened and honed a commitment and belief in foraging.

Of his passion for foraging, Rowe says, “Harvesting plants, turning them into nutritious meals, making usable utilitarian items, and procuring medicines from wild plants has been my doorway to a dynamic connection with nature that hiking and camping alone could not give me. Every day I look forward to eating something that is near, if not impossible to find in any grocery store. The lifestyle of a modern forager is one of adventure seeking, thrift, minimalism, the unknown, and optimal health.”

Amanda Shires and Maren Morris Serve a Heartbreaking Single in “Empty Cups”

Amanda Shires’ single “Empty Cups” is a heartbreaking portrait of a relationship in shambles, in which her writing shines through her use of beautifully descriptive language and stone-cold metaphors. Maren Morris chimes in with a high lonesome harmony on the choruses while the band finds an ironic lift, adding to the tension-tinged love story told in the lyrics. “Empty Cups” was released this summer alongside its live music video, in which Shires and Morris share the center of a recording studio and the band (including Jason Isbell on guitar) proceeds around them, like something out of a Frank Sinatra television special. Shires’ latest album, Take It Like a Man, arrived on July 29, yet the strings, simplicity, and soul of this video give the emotional performance a timeless glow.

WATCH: Amy Ray, “A Mighty Thing” (Feat. Sarah Jarosz)

Artist: Amy Ray
Hometown: Decatur, Georgia
Song: “A Mighty Thing” (Feat. Sarah Jarosz)
Album: If It All Goes South
Release Date: September 16, 2022
Label: Daemon Records

In Their Words: “One of my favorite moments from recording my new record, If It All Goes South, was the night we recorded ‘A Mighty Thing.’ My band and I were recording live to tape in Nashville, and it was not only the last day of our recording session but the last four hours. The virtuosic Sarah Jarosz showed up after flying home from a gig; she came straight to the studio from the airport, mandolin in hand. We popped her into an iso booth and all got into our positions and did about seven takes. Then we picked our favorite, recorded her harmonies, and the song was ready to mix. It was an appropriate whirlwind recording experience to go along with the punkabilly nature of the music and lyrics for this song.

“The best line I have heard recently from a preacher, was at a funeral for a friend up in North Georgia. The preacher was so excited about Jesus, and in his evangelizing about Jesus, he kept saying over and over, ‘Folks, you can’t beat that deal.’ I grew up in the church and this was one of the most convincing moments I have ever experienced, the sheer charisma, the glory. But then in the afterglow, I thought of all my self-loathing and years of healing I needed to get past the negative parts of my church life. But, I will never lose hold of the positive things, and all the teachers that taught me about the true gospel of love in every aspect of my life. One thing I know for sure, fear is what keeps us apart, and this song is all about that, too.” — Amy Ray

Sixthman Sessions + BGS: Rainbow Girls, “Doesn’t Make Any Sense”

While onboard the 14th edition of Cayamo: A Journey Through Song, Rainbow Girls shared a beautiful rendition of their tender acoustic song “Doesn’t Make Any Sense” from their 2021 album Rolling Dumpster Fire. This moment was special, and we can’t wait for more like these, as the trio will be returning February 10-17, 2023 for the 15th Journey Through Song! Cayamo just announced the lineup, and it’s killer: Jeff Tweedy, Andrew Bird, Trampled by Turtles, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Neko Case, Shovels & Rope & more. You can take a look at the full lineup at cayamo.com – BGS is looking forward to being onboard again next year.

Keep an eye out for more Sixthman Sessions aboard Cayamo, coming your way soon, and browse the archives at sixthmansessions.com

Rainbow Girls are Erin Chapin (vocals, guitar), Vanessa May (vocals) and Caitlin Gowdey (vocals).

WATCH: Bella White, “The Way I Oughta Go”

Artist: Bella White
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta; and Nashville, Tennessee
Song: “The Way I Oughta Go” (Produced by Jonathan Wilson)
Release Date: August 3, 2022
Label: Rounder Records

In Their Words: “‘The Way I Oughta Go’ is a song about not being sure where you should land, when you should take off, or even knowing how. Writing while staring at the ceiling of my Nashville bedroom amidst the late summer heat, I felt stifled. I wrote a song about love and the lack thereof that I was experiencing — where to find it, or if I even believed that it was out there after one profound disappointment on top of another. It’s a song about self, and moving around until you find your place in the world.” — Bella White

LISTEN: Monica Taylor, “Train Take Me Away”

Artist: Monica Taylor
Hometown: Perkins, Oklahoma
Song: “Train Take Me Away”
Album: Trains, Rivers, & Trails
Release Date: July 29, 2022
Label: Horton Records

In Their Words: “I think this is my homage to my older family members who took to the trains during the Great Depression to find work… and the coming home, not ever wanting to leave home again. Jimmy LaFave called me one day years ago and asked if I had a song for a children’s album. I said I’d think about it and decided to write a song with states and things that they are known for, with a Woody Guthrie spin on it, as I have written songs before. The album he had heard about had all the songs it needed before he even suggested it, so I just started to play it at home.

“One night I was staying at the beautiful old railroad depot that someone had donated to my Cherokee Maidens bandmate Robin Macy and her Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, Kansas, south of Wichita, where she and her husband Kenny White live. We had gigs the next week and so the whole band met there to travel. She had a little guest room in the old depot. What a magical place the arboretum was to call my second home! I walked around by myself in the depot, strumming the guitar and started singing the children’s song I had written, thinking — it really needs something to make a song worthy of a set list. Ha ha! For my own band, The Red Dirt Ramblers. It needed a chorus. A change from the verses in a big way. So I went down to a minor chord. That usually help spark the writing senses 😉 I came up with a chorus right there late one night in the old train depot! I scrubbed on that chorus a bit that night and the next morning before we loaded up, I played it for Robin. She loved it! So I finished another of my train songs in an old train depot, the train tracks right there blowin’ throughout the night, shaking the timbers of the building.” — Monica Taylor

WATCH: Bill Anderson, “Someday It’ll All Make Sense” (Featuring Dolly Parton)

Artist: Bill Anderson
Hometown: Decatur, Georgia; now Nashville, Tennessee
Song: “Someday It’ll All Make Sense” (Featuring Dolly Parton)
Album: As Far As I Can See: The Best Of
Release Date: June 10, 2022
Label: MCA Records/UMe

In Their Words: “Hopefully, our song can help bring a bit of levity to a world that seems upside down and sideways so much of the time these days. If it can, music will have once again proven itself to be the optimal healer.” — Bill Anderson

“Working with my ol’ buddy Bill Anderson was the most meaningful fun I’ve had in years. I love the song we sang, I love how we sounded together on it and getting to do a video with him was just icing on the cake. I hope the fans enjoy it as much as we enjoyed being together on it.” — Dolly Parton

LISTEN: Mary Bragg, “Panorama”

Artist: Mary Bragg
Hometown: Swainsboro, Georgia
Song: “Panorama”
Album: Mary Bragg
Release Date: September 30, 2022
Label: Tone Tree Music

In Their Words: “‘Panorama’ describes a perspective shift, when your awareness of a place, and of the relationships surrounding that place, change drastically. It’s a view you can only find once you take a look at it from, say, the top of a Ferris wheel at the county fair, or many years later, from a thousand miles away. I’m originally from a pretty small town, where knowing almost every person comes with a series of interesting turns. And when you go off and live your own life, you’re bound to disappoint people at some point (as it turns out). It could be easy to write them off, but for me, I couldn’t; so I keep showing up and being myself, and just as quickly as an apple falls from a tree, they surprise me and prove my assumptions wrong, meeting me halfway with love and kindness.” — Mary Bragg

WATCH: Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Jerry Douglas Reunite at DelFest

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway have spent 2022 releasing new music, touring the country, and tearing up the festival circuit. In May, they were joined at DelFest by none other than Dobro hero Jerry Douglas, who is also the co-producer of their new album. Douglas, Tuttle, and company give not only rip-roaring renditions of Golden Highway’s new songs in this performance for Paste Studio on the Road, but also an interesting and enlightening interview with a Paste host. The songs are presented as the founders of bluegrass intended: the band surrounding one microphone, weaving in and out of one another’s space to be heard. In between the interview portions, the band plays three songs from Golden Highway’s new album, Crooked Tree. For those of us who couldn’t get to DelFest this year, this video is a great way to feel like you didn’t completely miss out.