The maturity of his work goes well beyond his years and earned him an NYFA grant. Rowe performs solo in pain and truth, using just a six-string and a raw, riveting voice that is deep and dark as a chasm. On Magic, he employs a competent cast of musical characters, producing soulful, doleful ballads that drag as the weary world does, punctuated by rocking blues numbers that thwack you over the head. And there’s the spooky poetic malaise of drinking, death, the devil, Jesus, crows, old Chevys, and girls gone bad. (From “Jonathan”: “I had a girlfriend back before I died / They peeled her off from my wounded side.”) Rowe recently opened for the Doobie Brothers and Boz Scaggs and just returned from a stint in the UK with Noah and the Whale. He plays the Main Street Public House in Philmont on December 18. www.collarcityrecords.com.