Owen and his Checkered Past

Owen and his Checkered Past

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
BandFolkBlues

Owen and his Checkered Past is Philadelphia's one-man ruckus.
Wandering from booze-soaked ballads to thumping blue rants, Owen wields his mandolin like a baby sledgehammer, and his lyrics like a scalpel. The result is bloody and beautiful: music for drinking, stomping, laughing and lamenting.

Biography

Owen and his Checkered Past is the solo project of songwriter Owen Lyman-Schmidt, a Washington D.C native transplanted in Philadelphia. With a percussive mandolin and the heartbeat of a suitcase kickdrum to back him up, Owen offers up his sideways take on the world in a crooning growl. Blues, oldtime, jazz and folk all lend a hand with the compositions, but the resulting rusty collage doesn't fit easily into any single genre. At home in a bar, basement, or street corner, Owen and his music wander through these back alleys of genre trading lies. The melodies stain your clothes, the lyrics make you flinch and grin, the stories remind you of things you never did. Listen.

Discography

"Tall Enough To Be Heard" - 6 track EP from Roly Poly Productions in Bellingham, WA

"The Tailwind Tour" 5 track EP from Roly Poly Productions in Bellingham, WA