Rowan brings Nashville to 'Boat

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Brent Rowan does more for Steamboat Springs in the four months a year that he lives here than many full-time residents do all year.

On Monday evening, he performed at the Hospice Celebration of Life Dinner, just as he has performed for multiple area fund-raisers each year.

This weekend, Rowan will host his annual Brent Rowan and Friends concert at the Strings Tent.

Rowan lives the rest of his life as a session musician and record producer in Nashville, Tenn. He has played in more than 10,000 recording sessions with artists such as George Strait, Shania Twain, Sting, Brian Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Alabama.

This is the sixth year for the Brent Rowan and Friends event. Each year, he introduces Steamboat music audiences to some of the established country artists he knows through his work in the music industry.

"I started doing this because I wanted to introduce my friends and family from here to my friends and family from Nashville," he said.

Some of those Nashville friends may be household names among country music lovers. Hal Ketchum, who sang such popular country songs as "Past the Point of Rescue" and "Small Town Saturday Night," will play at this year's Brent Rowan and Friends event.

But more often, Rowan takes pride in introducing people to talents they may not hear otherwise. This year, along with Ketchum, Rowan invited Leslie Satcher -- a name some people may be hearing for the first time.

Satcher has a talent for painting an emotional picture of ordinary people's lives with just a few lines.

"If you haven't felt the way she writes, by the end of the song you want to," Rowan said. "She's an amazing songwriter, and her voice is stunning. She's a true artist. She has a lot of integrity."

For Saturday's concert, Rowan, Satcher and Ketchum will take turns playing a few songs. They will end by playing together in the round.

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