PawnShop kings

PawnShop kings


Folk, soul, pop music with clear influence from the music of the American South. The Owen brothers form PSk & make music from a deep, spiritual foundation attentive to the rights, the struggles, and the love we share and take inspiration from the ocean and people that surround them.


Driven by formative, familial experiences on their Arkansas plantation, born in Texas, and raised on the beach in southern California, PawnShop kings play American music with equal parts rock, soul, and pop. Their inspiration stems greatly from the brilliant musical sounds and honesty of the Beatles alongside the melodic sensibility and purpose of both the Staple Singers and Bob Marley. Early exposure to the Southern black church during their childhood fostered a deeper lyrical significance.

“We play everywhere we can: bars, clubs, churches, street corners. In every environment there are people,” explains Scott, “ourselves included, looking to each other for a lift. That’s what we try and sing into. It’s okay to hold onto hope, even when it doesn’t seem possible.”

“The way we see it,” adds brother Joel, “no matter how hard it’s been or ever gets for us, somebody always has it worse. And it goes beyond music. We have a responsibility to look out for one another.”

With the broad span of influences that contributes to the PawnShop kings’ sound, the brothers reach a vast audience. But the lowercase “k” in the band’s name suggests a traditional, southern-borne propriety that keeps them as friends and from straying too far from faith and family.

“We love that pawn shops give people a second chance whether or not they use or deserve it,” remarks Scott. “Our music and the ability to build upon the traditional roots of our childhood play as our voice to that spirit of reinvention.”

EP collection of original and old spiritual songs, Gospel, December of '10

Self-titled EP, August of ’09

brother's keeper documentary, August of ‘08.

Debut album, Locksley, released January of ‘07

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Contact: McClanahan Management

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-debut record, "Locksley," released in january '07...
-PawnShop kings documentary, "brother's keeper," released June of '08
-PawnShop kings EP- released August '09 (not yet on Itunes)
-Gospel EP-collection of originals and old spirituals in December '10

Set List

While typically playing dense half hour sets on the road, their 60-90 minute set includes these tunes, etc:

don't say that
make me whole
the one i see
hope in the air
you and no other
god in you
all these words
she sings
can't sleep
love one another
jam & bread
glory glory
angels anyway
glad he found me
said you
only you know & i know
nothing left to lose