Chill. That’s Shawn’s style and sound. That’s the best way to describe it... His versatility and passion are undeniable in every performance. Shawn is lightly finger picking and singing a beautiful falsetto one minute, then violently strumming and screaming with aggression at a defenseless microphone the next. Watching Shawn perform, you will go through these emotions with him: relaxation, energy, love, aggression, peace and struggle. Then later, you'll be singing his original tunes in your head for days.
Professional snowboarder turned songwriter, Shawn Owen released his debut album as a solo artist in early 2012 at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, WV. In this 6 song acoustic EP, Shawn writes about life, love, pain, joy, loss and other topics that relate to all our lives. Leicester Bangs says "assured writing is delivered with a solid, distinctive voice." TAXI describes the album as "catchy reggae styled groove. Interesting & clever lyrics..."
He performs regularly as a solo performer and fronting the Shawn Owen Band around Annapolis, MD and in the surrounding region, sharing the stage with local, regional and national acts such as The Wailers, Donovan Frankenreiter, Dirty Heads, The Aggrolites, Iration, 2 Skinnee Jays, King Django, Crazy Anglos, Jesse Chong, Pasadena, Pressing Strings and many more.
Bob Marley, along with Sublime and Jack Johnson, are acknowledged as Shawn’s biggest musical and dispositional influences. Along with many other inspiring artists, these icons have helped shape Shawn’s unique sound.
Shawn began his professional music career by forming Stolen Element in 1999, playing a home brewed style of punk-rock reggae music while manning guitar and vocals over the past ten years. As the band dissolved, Shawn took to the solo route and has excelled in Annapolis, MD where he now calls home.
Tobias Russell - Vocals, Guitar, keyboards
Viki Nova - Vocals, Guitar
Zach Ditmars - Bass, Guitar
Ben Bays - Vocals, Percussion
Paul Clagett - Drums
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5. Double Vision
6. Walk of Shame
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The Daily Krapht – Shawn Owen – “Make Money”
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In the world of reggae music, much of it has a feel good vibe when it comes to the music, but the ly...In the world of reggae music, much of it has a feel good vibe when it comes to the music, but the lyrics paint a different story. Historically, it has tackled social, political and financial injustices. Whether it was Marley, Tosh or any host of other artists over the years, the style of music has blended beautiful island rhythms with electrified lyrics to raise awareness and move people.
Shawn Owen is no exception to this idea as he goes after financial injustices in his song “Make Money.” When you listen to the music, the idea of one or fifteen rum punches sound wonderful. However, the lyrics will create a different response. The attached video is of him doing the tune solo acoustic, but he does travel with a full band. Check out his Facebook page or website for dates and go see him.
Artist Name: Shawn Owen
Location: Annapolis, MD
Genre: Reggae, Acoustic
Band Members: Shawn Owen, Tobias Russell, Viki Nova, Zach Ditmars, Ben Bays, Paul Clagett
CD REVIEW - 4 of 5 Stars
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FEBRUARY 20, 2012 Leicester Bangs - Rob F. Before music consumed Shawn Owen’s life, he was a pr...FEBRUARY 20, 2012
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Before music consumed Shawn Owen’s life, he was a professional snowboarder, but injuries led him away from the mountains of Colorado to the sandy beaches of the Maryland shoreline. With over a decade of music-making experience, originally with punky-reggae outfit Stolen Element, and latterly under his own name, Owen’s brand of Bob Marley influenced pop with a singer-songwriter flair, is making him a lot of friends and fans at various venues along the east coast.
His new six-track release (eight tracks is you include a couple of ‘clean’ versions tagged on the end) provides a firm introduction to his songs and his style. He gets the ball rolling with “Wanting for Earning”; its assured writing is delivered with a solid, distinctive voice. He’s a pretty good guitarist, too. “Sure” with its combination of stuttering, heavily strummed chords and percussion, takes a couple of spins to sink in, but is well worth the effort, and best of the bunch, “Double Vision”, which won’t be getting used in any booze commercial soon, but raises a wry smile, all the same.
Pocahontas Native Hosts CD Release Party At Carnegie Hall In Lewisburg
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LEWISBURG, WV (WVMR) - Allegheny Mountain Radio JANUARY 20, 2012 - Greg Hayhurst Snowshoe, WV, ...LEWISBURG, WV (WVMR) - Allegheny Mountain Radio
JANUARY 20, 2012 - Greg Hayhurst
Snowshoe, WV, is known mostly for skiing and tons of snow, not for a chill, beach vibe. So how did Snowshoe musician Shawn Owen become known for music with that kind of feel? He went to Annapolis and couldn't seem to leave.
"I just kind of fell in love with the ocean and the place and the town," he says. "I ended up moving all my gear down here and staying."
Owen is on the verge of releasing a new 6 song EP of original. The EP is part self-titled, part untitled as Shawn puts it, and definitely shows the influence that other musicians have had on him.
"It's mostly just a lot of acoustic guitar and a little bit of hand percussion," says Owen. "We size it way down from the life band stuff that we do and just get it to the root of it. It's a six song EP, all original songs. The style kind of varies a little bit. There's an acoustic reggae vibe with a little beach-ish, kind of Jack Johnson-ish feel and some regular singer/songwriter stuff, too."
In fact, on Friday, January 27th, Shawn will be holding the official release party for the CD. In celebration, he will be holding a concert at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, WV.
"It's one of their Pay What You Can Series, where I guess people just come to the door and pay whatever cover they can afford," he says. "What had actually set this up before the CD release had been scheduled, and we just saw it as a great opportunity to release back into West Virginia where I was from. I couldn't think of a much better venue to do a release like that."
"We going to do a really rhythm-oriented show with lots of percussion and hand drums and shakers and tambourines. Just on that line. It's going to be a really cool show. It's going to be different than watching Shawn Owen Band play live."
Of course, Shawn is not the only one to put the EP and release party together. Many friends and family have helped him along the way, including local Snowshoe photographer Kirsten Boehmer, and an old family friend with a passion for cooking.
"Blair Campbell, who owns Pretty Penny Cafe in Hillsboro and the Pretty Penny in Watoga State Park, is an old family friend of mine and she volunteered to come up and cook a lot of finger foods, appetizer, and hors d'oeuvres-type stuff for the pre-show reception," he says. "We're going to open the doors at 7, and then she's going to cater the reception with a lot of kind of island-based food geared around the titles of the songs. One of the songs is "Make Money" and she wants to do a Make Money Mojito drink; just kind of stuff like that."
The release party for Shawn Owen's new EP will begin at 7 p.m. with free food, beer and wine courtesy of Pretty Penny Cafe. The concert will begin at 7:30. CDs and other merchandise will be available after the show, and the new CD will be available after the 27th on Amazon, iTunes, and shawnowenmusic.com.
The Live Wire - Shawn Owen
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Shawn Owen flows. His lyrics, chords changes, and creative process all seem to go together in one sm...Shawn Owen flows. His lyrics, chords changes, and creative process all seem to go together in one smooth, fluid movement. His voice has the tonal quality of a classic rock singer, but even when he gets louder, Owen keeps it easy on the ears.
The Annapolis-based singer songwriter names Bob Marley, Sublime, and Jack Johnson as his biggest influences. And it shows in the way he maintains a relaxed (read: chill) demeanor throughout his songs.
But Owen offers more than a laid back "it's all good" vibe. He puts feelings into his music.
"I try to show as much emotion as I can while performing, to try and get a similar emotional response from the audience," he says. "I also like to use humor in a show. It's cool to be all sensitive and emotional and everything, but sometimes people just want to smile and laugh, myself included."
Owen's interest in music was sparked early. His first live performance was singing a solo in a 4th grade Christmas play, and he has memories of trying to record himself singing along with the radio using a tape recorder at age eight.
"The first rock band I was in was in 10th grade," he says. "I sang and played drums for 1s Period Instrumental with a few kids I was in first period instrumental class with. Not the cleverest band name, I know."
After his post-high school band, Stolen Element, broke up, Owen started playing solo shows. In January, he formed the Shawn Owen Band (alternately known as the SOBs). They're planning to enter the studio this fall to record his first full length LP.
True to form, the songs on that LP are sure to be a product of Owen's calm demeanor. Although he describes his creative process as random, with songs coming in the middle of the night or early morning, it's what works best.
"I struggle when I sit down and force myself to work on song ideas," he says. "The better ones just seem to flow on their own time."
Usually, Owen writes his melodies first, and adds the words to match. But he always knows where his songs are headed.
"Normally, I have an idea in mind for the lyrics while starting with the music to get a feel of how I want the song to flow," he says. "It kind goes back and forth once it's started."
From here, Owen just wants to keep the ball rolling. He's putting his all into his soon-to-be released album, and hopes to break through to the next level of regional and national touring.
"I've gotten to play some really cool shows and meet some really awesome people in the 32 years of my life," he says. "I just want to keep that going as long as possible."
Artist Feature - Shawn Owen
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I think I walked into the Morgantown Brewing Company sometime around 8:45 p.m. It may have even been...I think I walked into the Morgantown Brewing Company sometime around 8:45 p.m. It may have even been nine. The Brewpub was packed, though. I know that. Chatter of all sorts bounced off every wall and floorboard. Yet , the scene wasn’t harsh or eager. It felt subdued … like a manageable chaos brought on by the dim lights and wood stain color pallet.
It’s safe to say though that if I were twenty-one, I probably would have joined the patrons and mingled amongst that chaos. I’d be in a seating booth somewhere, propped up against a chair backrest sipping on ale, and my mood would be light and I’d probably add to the chatter all throughout the restaurant, occasionally dropping in curse words.
But I’m not twenty-one; I’m nineteen, so it’s funny to note then that upon entering the MBC, I immediately shuffled over to the bar and took a stool. There stood a reason for this, though; it’s where Shawn was sitting.
Shawn Owen writes and performs his own music – sometimes solo with a lone acoustic guitar, other times with a full band behind him. His sound ranges anywhere between the usual acoustic singer/songwriter aesthetic to something similar to a more boiled down take on reggae.
Back in 1999, Owen jammed around the Morgantown scene with his band Stolen Element. They played house shows as well as clubs, and they eventually set out on an East Coast tour, selling 3000 copies of their original EP. Five years later, with many parties and good times behind them, the band wrapped it up and split, and Shawn left Morgantown.
Today, Owen is 31, lives in Annapolis, Maryland and still possesses a passion for music. The Morgantown Brewing Company just happens to be the spot of his latest performance.
When I took my seat at the bar, Shawn had just been handed a sandwich by the bartender. I couldn’t tell you what was on it. I really wasn’t looking. There were french fries beside it, though. But before he could take a bite, I stole his attention and got him talking.
“So what’s it like being back in Morgantown?” I asked.
“It’s good,” says Owen. “Although, somewhat different.”
And from there Shawn went on to describe a Morgantown music scene ten years gone.
“The scene was different back then,” says Owen. “Much of the music is club and bar oriented today. Before, house parties and house shows were the epicenter. That’s what bands were playing. 123 Pleasant Street wasn’t really booking smaller bands, and Sunnyside was just blowin’ up.”
Owen recalls many of those house shows, citing some of their eccentricities. One that sticks out took place near the current location of Summit Hall. Stolen Element was playing another house show, but rather than the usual living room setup, the band scoped out a balcony and plugged in.
For Owen, that experience felt like playing a festival. All he can remember are the countless people standing down below, looking up.
A lot of that street festival party vibe has died away, now. When I asked him if he could think of any reason for the calm, Shawn could only guess.
“The University cracking down probably has something to do with it,” says Owen.
Although, Owen may not have as close a connection to the University as most local inhabitants as he was never actually a student during his time in Morgantown. Instead, Shawn worked a handful of odd jobs while not on stage, and he can gleefully remember his friends waking up early for class as he slept in.
The freewheelin’ take on life even stretches back to before Shawn came to Morgantown. Growing up in Snowshoe, West Virginia, Owen picked up snowboarding at a young age. He even worked in his father’s ski shop, and eventually moved to Colorado at age 17 to chase a dream of professional snowboarding.
The dream didn’t work out, though. Shawn’s snowboarding career was interrupted after an injury, and that’s when he fell back on music.
But Shawn says that music was always apart of his life.
Early on, artists like Bob Marley and Subli
Shawn Owen Exclusive Interview
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Shawn Owen of Annapolis, MD, will serenade you with an effortless soul that speaks of a raw emotion ...Shawn Owen of Annapolis, MD, will serenade you with an effortless soul that speaks of a raw emotion he might have only set to a strum yesterday. His journey, however, spans years of moves over the states of West Virginia, Colorado, and Maryland, and multiple career changes with many great friends known from childhood and gathered along the way. Every story is captivating and heartfelt, and the strings of his guitars only do so much justice to the experience of his hands. What a beautiful song they make. Appalachian Jamwich was lucky enough to come across Shawn and his music and get a little peek into the inner workings of this dedicated musician’s life.
So where in West Virginia is your hometown? What are some good memories you have of the area you grew up in? How do you think it influenced you musically?
Snowshoe is my home town. I grew up right on the mountain my whole childhood. My father owned a ski rental shop so I’ve been skiing and snowboarding my entire life. Most of my memories are based around that. Most of my friends rode as kids so thats where we spent all our free time in the winter. I remember crazy night-riding with packs of like 10-15 little rippers, causing havoc, sneaking cigarettes on the chair lift, being little punks running around the mountain that we considered ours. Awesome times…
I’d say that stuff influenced me musically more towards punk rock. I was really into punk back then. NOFX, Bad Religion, Pennywise, Face to Face, Rancid, Lagwagon, etc. Fat Wreck Chords stuff was in my Walkman a lot. That’s right, I said Walkman… But the Zen side of snowboarding drove me towards reggae. If I was riding in the park, I’d listen to punk rock. If I was free-riding, it was reggae. I love the sound of knee deep powder cutting though Waiting in Vain or something. So soothing for the soul.
I saw you moved out to Colorado to pursue snowboarding! That’s awesome, our whole family snowboards. What attracted you to that sport? What ultimately ended your pursuit of a career in snowboarding? And how did living in the beautiful state of Colorado affect you?
My whole family rides too! Either on skis or boards, I pretty much consider them the same sport. Never understood the animosity between skiers and snowboarders. Glad to see thats fading. Anyways, I’ve been riding my entire life. I tore my knee up in a mogul contest when I was 13 and coming back from that snowboarding was safer for my knee. So I gave it a try and have been hooked since. I competed as an amateur all through high school in slope-style, half-pipe, boarder cross and racing gates. I moved out to live with my cousin in Denver the summer I graduated high school and moved up into the mountains as soon as we started getting snow. I worked at Loveland mountain and that was where I trained and based my competing out of. I did ok, won a few contests, grabbed a couple sponsors, earned a bit of money. I stayed out there for the next year and a half before I decided to move back east. I’d had a few bad crashes trying to keep up with kids going way bigger and trying crazier tricks than I could pull, like rodeo 9's, double flips and all that stuff. I decided that the pro route was a bit more than I could handle. I’d been in touch with a bunch of friends from high school about starting a band so the timing was just right to move back and start playing.
I loved my time in Colorado. It was my first home away from home so it has a special place in my heart. The awe and sheer humility nature creates for you out there is inspiring. It always motivated me to go further and harder, appreciate as much as I can along the way. I remember waking up hours before work to catch the first crack of light to ride Loveland Pass backcountry for a few hours and then again after work until the sun went down. Snowboarding will always be a part of my life and my time in Colorado helped make sure of that.
How did you end up moving to Annapolis, MD?
I moved down when I met a guy at Snowshoe from Annapolis. I was living in Morgantown with my old band Stolen Element at the time. We were a punk/ska/hard-core/reggae band. Kinda a mix between Metallica and Sublime. He hired us to play at a fundraiser for local skatepark and a t-shirt clothing company he was starting and the music scene was just awesome. We had played there before and had a great response from the people. A couple guys in the band were graduating from WVU that year so it kinda just fell into place. I moved down and my drummer moved shortly after he graduated.
Where did you play your very first show? How was that experience?
My first live performance was a solo I sang in a christmas concert when I was in 4th grade. The only thing I really remember about it is my sister making faces at me from the crowd and me just making them back while singing. I’m sure it was an epic performance. The first time I ever played live in a band, I was the drummer playing with a few friends of my dad’s when I was about 12 or 13. Drum set was my first real instrument I played in rock bands. I was in a band in high school where I was a drummer/singer. We played our homecoming dance and maybe 2 other shows before word got out that we weren’t that good. But the first real show I tribute to being in a real band was at this little joint in Marlinton, WV called Huckleberry’s. I think it’s a Lutheran Church now but we rocked that joint! It was with the first incarnation of Stolen Element. We were called Moose Head Bob and the Silver Toed Honkys, don’t ask… I played guitar and sang with 5 other guys from high school. It was such a blast! We had about a half-full bar and rocked a good crowd that night. I was hooked immediately.
You cite Bob Marley as a big influence, and your other influences Sublime and Jack Johnson are evident in your musical style as well. What was it about these artists that struck a chord with you? What sets you apart from their music?
I think what strikes me the most is the rhythm. All three of them had such amazing rhythm. I began as a drummer so rhythm has always been very important to me. I think it’s the most important part of music. I always resonated with the vibe too. Bob is just straight love of humanity. World peace for the mind, body and soul. His music and words have always inspired me to love my world brothers and sisters more and more and to try and help people any chance I get. Sublime is a similar vibe but with much more of an edge. “I love you. You don’t love me? Fuck you, I’ll kick your ass and love you anyways!” that kinda thing. And the ska/reggae/punk blending of songs was like a description of my life. They hit very close to home. I got more into Jack as I got a little older and started to calm down. His stuff is more of a love of family and community, which I think is how everyone can really change the world for good, locally. I feel like my music is a blend of their styles. I’m more edgy than Jack. Not a punk as Sublime. Less roots-reggae and more rock than Bob. That kinda of thing. Its me and my life.
Your music often has very emotional undertones and of course musicians have been inspired by love stories since the beginning of music! What emotion do you find inspires you the most? Happy, romantic, sad, struggle? How do you see your music change as you grow and mature and your emotions also mature?
I try and write about any and all emotions I’m having. In my early years it was more love lost based songs. Boy meets girl, boys loses girl, boy writes song about girl. You know the drill. I think as I’ve matured, some of that still remains but I’m much happier with my female situation. I found an amazing woman, fell in love, made her my wife and there seems to be less songs about the girl that got away. Now my songs are more about the contentment found in life, the peacefulness. Some about social commentary, struggle of people. That stuff. But I’m sure I got a sappy love song left in here somewhere.
You used to play with a band and then went solo, tell us how the band formed and how you came to play on your own. What are some advantages/disadvantages of both?
The band was Stolen Element. Myself on guitar and vocals, Bill Browning on lead guitar, Pat Cumashot on bass and Andy Hall on drums. It was 4 guys that went to elementary, middle and high school together. We were life long friends and still remain the same. We formed a few years out of high school in Morgantown while 2 guys were in school. We played together for about 7 years as the 4 piece until Billy graduated and became a doctor, 2 schedules that do not mix well. We played as a 3 piece for the next 3-4 years, switching bass players about half way through the 3 piece era. Once Andy quit and moved from Annapolis to Boston for work, it made sense to switch to more solo stuff.
The biggest advantage of playing solo is the money and the booking. It’s easier to get into smaller bars and restaurants as a solo performer and the money is a lot better. It’s easier to schedule shows because there is only one persons personal schedule to consider when booking instead of 4. But the shows are so much more fun with a band. There is so much more energy and release at a full band show. I can play 2-3 solo shows a day. I can only make it through 1 real full band show and I’m wiped out.
How did you meet the members of The Shawn Owen Band?
The bass player, Zach Ditmars played bass in Stolen Element near the end of our run. So when I started putting together s support band for my solo stuff, he was my first call. We met a short while after moving down to Annapolis and have been tight friends since. All the other guys are musicians around the Annapolis area and I just started scooping them up one by one as I go. Right now we are up to a 6 piece for full shows with myself, Zach on bass, Tobias Russell on keys, organ, guitar and vocals, Viki Nova on vocals and guitar, Ben Bays on percussion and Paul Clagett on drums.
What are some venues you’ve played and what is your favorite?
I’ve played all kinds of venues. Bars, clubs, festivals. The biggest shows I’ve played at are probably my CD Release at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, WV, Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD and the festival Jam @ the Dam in Weatherly, PA. I’d say my favorite full band club so far has been Rams Head Live in Baltimore and solo is Pussers Dock Bar in Annapolis. Just chilling on a stool, on the water, sipping cold drinks, watching boats go by, strumming guitar and singing songs. Heaven…
Do you play at festivals? Do you attend any for fun? What’s your favorite festival?
I’ve played a couple festivals before. Jam @ The Dam is probably the biggest I’ve played at. I rarely get to make it to a festival for fun but I love going. I worked for a few mobile recording companies for a few years and we got to do some really cool festivals. We recorded main and 2nd stage at Bonnaroo twice, Virgin Music Festival twice and Earth Day Fest on the National Mall in DC. Its was really cool getting to meet and work with the crews of top name international acts like Pearl Jam, Phish, Yonder, Jimmy Buffett, Metallica, Sting, Jimi Cliff, The Roots, Ziggy Marley and on and on. I actually got to meet Jack Johnson and his wife while working Bonnaroo and got to take a picture with him. Super cool man. Always awesome when the people you think are cool really are once you have a chance to meet them. I’d say for that reason, Bonnaroo has been my favorite ;-)
Tell us about your most memorable experience playing a show…maybe a particularly awesome fan connection or something funny that went on with you and your band.
I’d say the most memorable show I’ve played was my solo EP release at Carnegie Hall. We had about a half-full house, so about 150 people, just so into the music. It was really awesome to have a quiet house while playing a and then thunderous applause after each song. It’s the only show I’ve ever done an encore. They just kept clapping and cheering so we came back out and did a couple more songs. Myself and my band were about as high as we could get that night.
The jam/festival scene has been growing a lot recently. What do you think of the scene and the fans?
The scene is definitely growing, fast. It seemed a few years ago, the major festivals moved more from the roots of jam festivals and gone more mainstream. It seemed more like Beach Week or a frat party than a music festival. I mean the first year I worked Bonnaroo it was Metallica and Chris Rock headlining the main stage one night! Which was cool for sure but seemed ridiculous for the setting. But I think that push has opened up a lot more smaller, more jam roots based festivals. I see a lot of local festivals that I don’t remember seeing 5-10 years ago. I think that the true music fans that go to festivals are awesome! It’s people that live and breathe music and most are incrediblly open to new and unfamiliar music. That’s all I could ask for as an artist, give it a chance.
Where can we buy or listen to your music?
All my music is available for stream and purchase at my website www.ShawnOwenMusic.com It’s for sale on iTunes, Amazon.com, CDBaby.com and at any live show. And I offer it for free download on different social networking sites throughout the year.
My full calendar is on my website. You can Demand It that I come play a show in your town on the website. But if you catch one show, come to Virginia Beach August 25 for the 50th Annual East Coast Surfing Championships. It’s the longest running surf contest on the east coast with over 200K people expected this year. I’m opening for Donovan Frankenreiter on the main stage with other acts like The Aggrolittes, Dirty Heads and many more. That one is going to be awesome!
Snowshoe Native Releases First Album in Style
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JANUARY 26, 2012 The Pocahontas Times-Suzanne Stewart On January 27, Carnegie Hall in Lewisbu...JANUARY 26, 2012
The Pocahontas Times-Suzanne Stewart
On January 27, Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg will transform into a reggae hall as Snowshoe native Shawn Owen performs songs from his new album.
Residing now in Annapolis, Maryland, Owen is returning to the West Virginia hills to celebrate the album release with friends and family.
Music has been a part of Owen's life since he was a child in an elementary school play.
"Singing a solo in fourth grade for the Christmas play was my first live performance," he said. "I was in concert and marching band through middle and high school, playing trumpet and percussion. The first rock band I was in was in 10th grade. I sang and played drums for First Period Instrumental. I think the homecoming dance was our first gig."
After high school, Owen formed Moosehead Bob with Pat Cumashot, Andy Hall, Bill Browning, Jamie Warner and Brad Sewell. That band became Stolen Element, with Cumashot, Hall and Browning remaining as members. Once Stolen Element broke up in 2009, Owen became a solo act.
Although he grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, Owen's musical influences come from a warmer climate.
"I've always been drawn to the ocean and the beach vibe," he said. "I went on a sailing trip with my family when I was about 12 and we only had three CDs with us; Bob Marley "Legend," The Best of the Doors and a Jimmy Buffett album. I pretty much listened to Bob the entire week, and the sound and the vibe just hit right at home."
These influences leaked into Owen's work.
"When I started writing music, the reggae/ska beats and rhythms just seemed to come to the forefront," he said. "Sublime was a huge influence for me also, so I think it was just a product of the music I listened to, and where I wanted to be in life."
Owen said his new album has an acoustic reggae vibe and consists of six songs: Wanting for Earning, Sure, Make Money, Taylor, Double Vision and Walk of Shame.
"I had my percussionist Ben Bays on it, a guest vocalist named Viki Nova and then my mom, Sue Owen, came and played tambourine on it, too," he said.
After the release, Owen plans to hit the road to promote the album.
"I play pretty regular in Maryland and West Virginia, and I'm starting to branch out into Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey," he said. "[I'm] trying to get on a regional touring schedule by the summer."
The release party,"Pay What You Can Show," will be Friday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg. The event will be catered by the Pretty Penny, of Hillsboro.
"Blair Campbell is catering the reception before the show," Owen said. "We will have free beer, wine and finger foods for guests from 7 p.m. until the show starts around 7:30. She is basing the menu around reggae/island themed food and the tracks of the CD. She's doing Make Money Mojitos and Walk of Shame Chocolate Brownies."
Photographs for the album were taken by Snowshoe resident Kirsten Boehmer.
Visit www.pocahontastimes.com to hear the clip, "Walk of Shame."
Music Lovers Unite
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With the weather warming up, more and more of us will flock outside and venture to new events. This ...With the weather warming up, more and more of us will flock outside and venture to new events. This weekend features two special concerts in Annapolis with a blend of indoor and outdoor entertainment.
All weekend, The Whiskey will host the BLUSH Music & Art Festival 2013, which supports the Gene Gadd Cancer Foundation and the annual Avon Breast Cancer walk.
The event runs Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.
Over two days and three stages (upstairs, downstairs and outdoor), patrons can choose to enjoy the sun and the weather outside or unwind inside during the performances. Those in attendance will see 36 bands on Saturday and 21 on Sunday, including: The Kelly Bell Band, Mama Black Sheep, Happy Fuzzy, Bumpin’ Uglies, Viki Nova, Skribe, Pietasters, Faycez U Know, Cold Cash, Shawn Owen and a lot more.
What began as a project between Shannon Greb, of the Avon Foundation of Women, and Raoul Graves, the owner of Next Big Thing Productions, the company that runs the concert, has grown from a one-day event to two days for the first time this year.
“Every year it’s gotten progressively bigger,” said Laura Mackay, manager for Next Big Thing Productions and bartender at The Whiskey. “We’re aiming for 1,000 people for the two days. Last year we had about 600.”
If you’re in the mood to rock out and contribute to a good cause, head out to West Street this weekend.
Best Kept Secret: Annapolis Grooves with Live Music Renaissance
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From the early 1920's to the '70s days of Carr's Beach when touring national artists inc...From the early 1920's to the '70s days of Carr's Beach when touring national artists including Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and James Brown would enjoy a Sunday layover through to the ‘80s glory days of Charlie's Westside-owned by Charlie Hiltabildle, who nurtured hometown music-Annapolis has enjoyed a rich musical heritage.
Since that time, we've had an ebb and flow of watering holes. When there were fewer venues, we enjoyed less live music. Now that there are more places hosting live entertainment, music in the greater Annapolis area is flourishing. The city now boasts a dynamic, eclectic and world-class music community, and it's a "best-kept secret" that locals enjoy practically every night.
But Annapolis needn't be a "locals only" outlet for live music lovers. To quote a friend, "Music is medicine," or therapy even. It's a great way to unwind, de-stress and feed that part of the brain or soul that gets neglected from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. It's a great excuse to take a "personal day" from work, park the kids with Grandma, and pack a light bag to hit the road with your best buddy. Tell friends and family a respectable fib-that you've taken a renewed interest in archaeological projects, just south of town-really. If you sleep-in the next morning, I won't tell. There are plenty of spots around town where you can catch a great, late breakfast and tall coffee or latte, so come to town and join me.
In the upcoming year, it will be my pleasure to introduce you to some of the amazing folks who make this scene go: the old-school, touring and young blood musicians; the supporting players, including graphic artists, photographers, videographers and writers; instrument builders; bookers; teachers; and of course, a boatload of dedicated, diehard fans.
And, in turn, please tell me: Who are your favorite groups? What do you like best about live music in the greater Annapolis area? Going door to door and sampling? Intimate rooms and conversations? Sharing a late night snack with friends and discovering an up-and-coming groove?
Take a minute to check out some of the names that I mention on YouTube, Pandora, Twitter (#naptownmusic) and Reverbnation. I promise you'll be glad you did. Finally, please share the word and tell your friends. This is your page, your voice, our conversation and generous community. I welcome your participation and comments.
New CDs & Projects to watch for:
Spring 2013: CDs by Michael McHenry & Tribe (Funk/Soul/Rock); Skribe (Rock/Garage/Folk); Shawn Owen Band (a.k.a. the SOBs)
Monday Nights Mean Music in Annapolis
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In writing this post, I've struggled a bit, trying to reconcile how I could never fairly captur... In writing this post, I've struggled a bit, trying to reconcile how I could never fairly capture or include all of the talented songwriters in Annapolis. The reality is that I can't. But I can share a local secret with you.
Bear with me as I recall to you, many years ago, a French-Cambodian friend of mine who introduced me to the celebrated Chinatown restaurants in Washington, D.C. We'd hit them in the wee hours, long after the din of diners had passed. Invariably, there'd be a large round banquet table in the corner with a passel of thin old men playing cards - dealing, cackling and smoking their hand-rolled cigarettes. Our host, the restaurant's owner, would welcome us with open arms and endless dishes of oriental delights. We'd leave after many rounds of Tsing-Tao or hot tea, feeling that we had been on an exotic excursion to a far-away land. Our bellies were full; we'd had our fill of warm stories and laughs. Life was good.
I get a similar old-world feeling after relaxing with Monday-night music in Annapolis: generous hospitality, shared stories, and hearty laughs generate a simultaneous feeling of satisfaction and the sense that I have been on a secret and wonderful odyssey. Monday nights in Annapolis are like my sweet memories of Chinatown, but a lot more accessible.
We start with an early visit to the Cahalans' 49 West, a cozy and eclectic coffee shop on West Street. As you peer into the large shop windows, entering through the general store door, you might not realize that this is one of the cooler venues in town. Put on the look of a local, passing up tables of regulars with coffee as they intimately rendezvous. Nod knowingly and smile to the staff serving from behind the pastry-case counter and keep confidently walking - back to where one might expect to come upon rest rooms. This is where you'll find your reward.
The private room is not large or fancy but, upon entering, you can feel the groove of homemade velveteen drapes, odd appointments and a local artist's exhibit of photographs, portraits, or paintings. The evening's hosts will be unwinding cables, positioning musical equipment and chairs, and you will receive your hearty welcome. Be sure to get there early - this room will soon be "standing room only" and the music is exceptional.
Visiting players include such favorites as Mike Heuer, Benjamin Bays, Tobias Russell, Katie Fisher, Jordan Sokel, Joe Harkum, Shawn Owen, The Audissey, Cole Cash, Letitia VanSant, Bob Sima and youngblood locals, Devin McCord & Mikey Powers of Sun Club, Niki Weller, Adam Narimatsu and Ahren Buchheister. Line-ups change every week and you can always find advance word on Facebook.
Originally intending 49 West as a home for local talent, owner Brian Cahalan brokered partnerships with independent songwriters, including Ruben Dobbs, Dave Glaser and Justin Trawick. In turn, due to an increasing schedule, Ruben sublet this series to the young masters, Alexander Peters and Skribe, although he does still occasionally step in to perform, pal around or just listen.
Frequently, the venue is a layover for traveling musicians. It's natural that friendships, gypsy junkets and reciprocating accommodations arise from this magical musical networking. Networking, fellowship, community, support-sometimes it's hard to know who is having more fun, we patrons or the songwriters. Join me; you can be the judge!
1st Monday: Songwriters' Showcase, with Alexander Peters, Skribe and Guests. 8 to 10pm, $8 cover.
3rd Monday: 12 Voices at 49 West, a monthly songwriter series hosted by David Glaser which features monthly artists. 7:30pm show (7pm doors open), $12. Call 410-626-9796 for reservations.
Last Monday: As described on Justin's Facebook page:
"Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, "The 9 Songwriter Series" is a touring live music event based in Washington, DC. The show was created with the idea of nine artists getting together and combining their talents in order to play in nicer clubs and to larger amounts of people. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other, providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience. Where else can you hear almost 30 songs from nine different artists for only $10? To date, over 60 different artists have participated in "The 9", at events in DC, Arlington, Bethesda, Baltimore, Annapolis, New York City, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, and Philadelphia. Follow and Like "The 9" at www.twitter.com/wearethe9 and www.facebook.com/wearethe9. Watch the promo video by visiting www.wearethe9.com" (https://www.facebook.com/wearethe9/info).
*As with all live events, please check local listings in advance; schedules are subject to change. Also, check the calendar at 49 West for additional events.
CDs due out soon:
Welcome home to those who trekked to Austin for SXSW2013.
Thanks much to those who stayed home from SXSW2013 to tend the home fires. We greatly appreciate it.
Congratulations to Sweet Leda on their two 2013 Tri-State Indie Awards: GROUPIES CHOICE and MARYLAND/DC INDIE BAND OF THE YEAR.
Looking forward to the big gypsy junket, DNL's Jam at the Dam, in Weatherly, PA on July 6th. Get your tickets early and plan to have a great time!
Over 20 original tunes and...
Afroman – Because I got High
Alice in Chains – Nutshell
Alice in Chains – Rooster
Allman Brothers – Midnight Rider
Bad astronaut – Minus
Bare Naked Ladies – If I had a Million Dollars
Beatles – Come Together
Beatles – Yesterday
Beatles – Obladi Oblida
Ben Harper – Burn One Down
Ben Harper – Steal my Kisses
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Bittersweet
Blind Melon – Mouthful of Cavities
Blind Melon – No Rain
Blues Traveler – Hook
Blues Traveler – Runaround
Blues Traveler – The Mountains Win Again
Bob Dylan – All Along the Watchtower
Bob Dylan – Rainy Day Women
Bob Marley – 3 Little Birds
Bob Marley – Get Up Stand Up
Bob Marley – I Shot the Sherriff
Bob Marley – Natural Mystic
Bob Marley – No More Troubles
Bob Marley – No Woman No Cry
Bob Marley – Stir it Up
Bob Marley – Redemption Song
Bob Marley – War
Bob Seger – Turn the Page
Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy
Cage the Elephant – Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down on the Corner
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop the Rain
Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
Crowded House – Something So Strong
Daughtry – It’s Not Over
Dave Matthews – Crash
Dave Mathews – Jimi Thing
Dirty Heads – Lay Me Down
Dispatch – General
Don McClean – American Pie
Dr. Hook – Cover of the Rolling Stone
Dropkick Murphys – Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced
Eagles – Hotel California
Eagles – Lying Eyes
Eagles – Peaceful, Easy Feeling
Eric Clapton – Layla
Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven
Fastball – The Way
Flaming Lips – She Don’t Use Jelly
Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies
Flogging Molly – If I Ever Leave This World…
Flogging Molly – What’s Left of the Flag
Foo Fighters – Everlong
George Michael – Careless Whisper
Gin Blossoms – Hey Jealousy
Grateful Dead – Friend of the Devil
Grateful Dead – Ripple
Harry McClintock – Big Rock Candy Mountains
Hootie & the Blowfish – Let Her Cry
Incubus – Drive
Irish Traditional – Whiskey in the Jar
Irish Traditional – The Ball O’ Kirriemuir
Jack Johnson – Angel
Jack Johnson – Banana Pancakes
Jack Johnson – Better Together
Jack Johnson – Bubble Toes
Jack Johnson – Flake
Jack Johnson – Inaudible Melodies
Jack Johnson – Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
Jack Johnson – Taylor
James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend
Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
Jerry Garcia – Walking Boss
Jerry Garcia – Shady Grove
Jim Croce – Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Jimmy Buffett – Margaritaville
Jimmy Buffett – Pirate Looks at Forty
Jimmy Buffett – Volcano
Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come
John Denver – Country Roads
John Mellancamp – Jack and Diane
John Mellancamp – Little Pink Houses
Johnny Cash – Cocaine Blues
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
Lagwagon – Violins
Led Zeppelin – Dyer Maker
Led Zeppelin – The Ocean
Marcy Playground – Sex and Candy
Marshall Tucker Band – Can’t You See
Matchbox Twenty – 3 am
Matchbox Twenty – Hang
Matchbox Twenty – Push
Mike Pinto – Dear Senoritas
Mike Pinto – Tricky Nicky
Meat Puppets – Lake of Fire
Men at Work – Down Under
Mr. Big – To Be With You
Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
NWA – Boyz in da Hood
NWA – Automobile
Neil Diamond –Sweet Caroline
Neil Young – Rocking in the Free World
Nirvana – Polly
Nirvana – Lithium
NOFX ¬– Whoops I OD’d
NOFX – Bob
NOFX – The Brews
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger
Oasis – Wonderwall
Operation Ivy – Take Warning
Paul Simon – Me and Julio
Paul Simon – The Boxer
Pearl Jam – Alive
Plain White Tees – Hey There Delila
Plain White Tees – Rhythm of Love
Police – Every Breath You Take
Police – Walking on the Moon
Police – Wrapped Around Your Finger
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Rancid – The Wars End
Real McKenzies – Bugger Off
Red Hot Chili Peppers – I Could’ve Lied
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Soul to Squeeze
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the Bridge
Rise Against – Swing Life Away
Rusted Root – Send Me on my Way
Sister Hazel – All for You
Slightly Stoopid – Wiseman
Social Distortion – Ball and Chain
Stevie Ray Vaughn – Life by the Drop
Stolen Element – All Songs
Sublime – 40oz to Freedom
Sublime – Badfish
Sublime – Boss DJ
Sublime – Date Rape
Sublime – Doin Time
Sublime – Little District
Sublime – Santeria
Sublime – What I got
Suicide Machines – Face Values
Suicide Machines – SOS
Tenacious D – F@ck Her Gently
Third Eye Blind – How’s It Gonna Be
The Band – The Wait
The Expendables – Bowl for Two
The Proclaimers – 500 Miles
The Ziggens – Big Salty Tears
Toad the Wet Sprocket – Something’s Always Wrong
Toad the Wet Sprocket – Walk on the Ocean
Tom Petty – Breakdown
Tom Petty – Learn to Fly
Tom Petty – Mary Jane’s Last Dance
Tonic – If You Could Only See
Toots – Pressure Drop
Toto – Africa
Train – Meet Virginia
UB40 – Red Reed Wine
Van Halen – Ice Cream Man
Van Morrison – And It Stoned Me
Van Morrison – Crazy Love
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|Jun 19, 2013 Wednesday||5:00 PM||Cadillac Ranch||Annapolis, MD, US|
|Jun 20, 2013 Thursday||9:00 PM||Middleton Tavern||Annapolis, MD, US|
|Jun 21, 2013 Friday||5:00 PM||Looney's||College Park, MD, US|
|Jun 21, 2013 Friday||9:00 PM||Waterman's Tavern||Edgewater, MD, US|
|Jun 22, 2013 Saturday||4:00 PM||M.R. Ducks||Ocean City, MD, US|
|Jun 22, 2013 Saturday||10:00 PM||Pickles Pub||Ocean City, MD, US|
|Jun 23, 2013 Sunday||6:00 PM||De lazy lizard||Ocean City, MD, US|
|Jun 25, 2013 Tuesday||9:00 PM||Greene Turtle Columbia||Columbia, MD, US|
|Jun 26, 2013 Wednesday||7:00 PM||Greene Turtle Annapolis||Annapolis, MD, US|
|Jun 28, 2013 Friday||6:00 PM||De lazy lizard||Ocean City, MD, US|
|Jun 29, 2013 Saturday||1:00 PM||The Riptide Poolbar Ocean City, MD||, MD, US|
|Jun 29, 2013 Saturday||7:00 PM||Bridges||Grasonville, MD, US|
|Jun 30, 2013 Sunday||2:00 PM||Pussers Carribean Grille & Dock Bar||Annapolis, MD, US|
|Jun 30, 2013 Sunday||9:00 PM||Stan and Joe's Saloon||Annapolis, MD, US|