OWEN TEMPLE - MOUNTAIN HOME

OWEN TEMPLE

MOUNTAIN HOME

RELEASE DATE – APRIL 26, 2011

BY JOHN WALKER

 

I actually reached Owen for this interview while he was on the road to Little Rock, Arkansas for a gig that night. As many may already know, the cell reception is not the best between Texas and Little Rock, so we called each other back several times in order to share thoughts on music and his new release. Thank you for your patience Owen.

 

The state of Texas is a virtual treasure trove of great songwriters. There is a long unique history of musical talents to sprout up there. One of the many reasons for this I believe is the vast amount of characters within the state. Characters create stories, which breed good song material. Owen Temple has grasped this concept, and ran with it. The Austin based Texas native has just released his sixth studio record, Mountain Home, which shines the light on some of these characters and legends.

 

Temple was born just outside Kerrville, Texas, which is famous for its own music festival, so you might say Owen had music in his blood from the day he hit the ground. Listening to Texas music formed a bond in his memory that still beats strongly today in his own music.

 

“I have always enjoyed songs which are actual life experiences and take you to a particular place in time”, stated Temple as he was on the road to a gig that night in Little Rock, Arkansas. “They are more tangible, something you can touch and feel. They seem based in tradition and can span the bridge of time.”

 

Owen has certainly delivered just that in his new record, writing 9 of the 10 songs. The lone cover is a brilliant rendition of Leon Russell’s Prince of Peace.

“I wanted to do a Leon Russell song for sometime now. I have always loved his work. This particular song of unexplained magic or mystery fit perfectly for this record, tying everything together fairly well. I think you can certainly hear Leon’s influence as well in 3 of my other songs here…Jacksboro Highway, Old Sam, and even Medicine Man.

 

Kicking of the record is the title cut Mountain Home. This song relates the story about a man who has been locked up in Huntsville for 20 years, and the only thing he desires is to be back home. Temple, as he does throughout this record, does an exceptional job of painting a picture here with his lyrics and passion.

 

Desdemona,along with Small Town and Jacksboro Highway, each are a glimpse into life within Texas. Desdemona is a song of desperation, telling a story about the ghost town of today and the woman for whom it was named. Small Town shines a light on how growing up in rural Texas permeates your soul.

 

Providing writing help on this record are fellow Texas artists Adam Carroll, Gordy Quist, and Scott Nolan. Looking back over these artists records, you can see they have worked well together in the past.

“We all get along very well together”, states Temple. “We can call each other up and run ideas past each other whenever we get stuck or need that final piece in the puzzle. Adam, Gordy, and Scott, along with Mark Jungers as well, are all great musicians and fun to work with. We can sit together and pick up immediately where we left off, and listen well to each other. I think that is the key, we listen and respect each other so much.”

 

Along with these artists, Owen also credits several other musicians who have helped him to get where he is today.

“Guy Clark is amazing. There should be a copy of the song Desperados Waiting For A Train in every music institution. What a great song that is. Billy Joe Shaver is also a hero of mine. I once had the pleasure of opening for him, and got the opportunity to sit and talk. I could sit and listen to him forever. In fact, he was one of the people I thought of while writing the song Fall In Love Every Night which is on this record. That song has several Texas legends in mind. Rumors and stories passed on through the years created lyrics about Ray Wylie Hubbard playing cards with Freddie King and ultimately losing quite a bit, or Stevie Ray Vaughn sleeping on a pool table then played the gig in those same clothes. That particular song is a tip of the hat to some of those great stories. I can’t divulge some names, however,” he laughed.

 

Of course if you are a musician in Texas, you can not help but be touched by the blues. Temple is no exception.

“I grew up listening to many of the greats…Mance Lipscomb, Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, and Leon Russell as well. They were all exceptional, and certainly contribute to my musical tastes even today.”

 

Many may recognize the song Medicine Man from the latest Band of Heathens record. Temple originally wrote this one with help from BOH member Gordy Quist, along with Adam Carroll.

“The funny thing about this one was I actually recorded my version first, before Gordy and Band of Heathens put out their record with their version on it, which was outstanding. Gordy switched it up a bit by changing it to more first person, making the singer the medicine man. That made perfect sense, and I actually thought suited the song much better. I now do it that way myself, but the record version I cut is second person. Yet another example of how we can adapt and change, and still not lose the integrity of the songs as we go. If Bob Dylan can change Tangled Up In Blue, then I guess it is OK for us to make changes too,” Owen laughs.

 

Danger and Good Times is more of a spoken word song, very reminiscent of Guy Clark or Charlie Robison. The harmony vocals here by Gordy Quist, along with crisp instrumentals, make this song very enjoyable.

 

Contributing on this record, which was produced by Gabriel Rhodes, are Charlie Sexton on bass and baritone guitar, Rick Richards on drums and percussion, Bukka Allen on piano, organ, and accordion, Brian Standefer on cello, and Tommy Spurlock on pedal steel guitar. Jamie Wilson provides harmony vocals, along with help from Gordy Quist on acoustic and harmony, and Adam Carroll on harmonica. Rhodes also plays acoustic guitar, tenor guitar, banjo, dobro, and piano. The instrumentals throughout were exceptional.

 

Old Sam is a song about Sam Houston which blends that facts and stories into the mythology which lives throughout Texas today. The sparse arrangements here allow the lyrics to tell the story.

One of the many highlights on this record is the final song, One Day Closer to Rain. This song paints a poignant picture of the drought conditions in Texas, and how it impacts life. Temple reminds me here of the immortal Blaze Foley, or even the legendary Willis Alan Ramsey, with great phrasing and vocals dripping with passion.

“This one came to me pretty quickly,” stated Temple. “I actually wrote it in about 1-2 hours. I felt very lucky to have caught it when I did. I know many artists feel fortunate when they catch that one great song, for Leon Russell that is probably A Song For You. I am perhaps still searching for mine, but it is normally songs such as this one which come up quickly on you, and you need to catch them while you can.”

 

Owen is currently touring the states now in support of his record. This fall the record is set to be released in Europe, so plans are being set to tour there as well.

“I am just hitting the road and playing music. Hopefully someone is listening and enjoying it,” Temple said.

Well, this record is definitely enjoyable, and one everyone should give a listen. Pure music is getting hard to find, and musicians such as Temple are even more rare.

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Americana Rock Mix: Episode 105 - It Never Goes Easy

I’m talking about my frustrations with using the moving company PODS and how they’re screwing me over and attempted to hold my belongings for ransom. There’s a bunch of sweet new music to break up my frustration, though.

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Music in this episode:

- High Roller AND Blow My Mind by Flat River Band
(from High Roller)
www.FlatRiverBand.com

- Here Are The Problems AND Get Some by Good Old War
(from Good Old War)
www.GoodOldWar.com

- The Road To Hell AND Jenny Come Back by Thee Shambels
(from Jenny’s Waltz EP)
www.Shambels.com

- Now We Both Know (That You Knew First) AND Golden Age by Exebelle & The Rusted Cavalcade
(from V EP)
www.Myspace.com/Exebelle

- Good at Goodbye AND Railroad Ties by River Rouge
(from Not All There Anymore)
www.Myspace.com/RiverRougeBand

- The Flow AND Heaven on a Paper Plate by Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
(from Unida Cantina)
www.AZPeacemakers.com

- Sonny Liston AND Move It Or Lose It by Semi-Twang
(from Wages Of Sin)
www.Semi-Twang.com

- Get Out My House AND Under Arrest by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
(from No Help Coming)
www.HollyGolightly.com

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Now For Something New

If you haven’t noticed, we had a bit of a makeover here on AR last week.  Hope you enjoy the new, simple layout.  In addition, I am hopeful that my work induced, six month hiatus is coming to an end which will free up more time in my schedule.  Von, John and Don are the full time writers now and I plan to focus on more on cool concepts around music and technology since we have a fair number of visitors that are full time, traveling musicians.


Live Shows From Peter Cooper & Eric Brace  // Ted Russell Kamp on StageIt.com

Tonight I had an invite for something that caught my attenion. It’s a website / service called StageIt.com.  It’s a simple concept, your favorite artist broadcasts a live show and you watch / listen while at the same time offering up tips, buying merchandise or possibly chip in for a ticket (in some cases).  I love this concept, however live video and music never seems to shine through like a live show. That being said, I hold out some promise for this concept as it gets harder to get out to live shows on a regular basis.  If the musicians stick to informal, acoustic settings I think this could be a lot of fun.  I recognize two shows that I’ll be checking out over the next few days.  Ted Russell Kamp on 5/10 @ 8PM and at the same time Eric Brace & Peter Cooper who will be performing a separate show.  Speaking of Eric & Peter, I recently caught their interview on Bob Edwards on XM which was fantastic. 
Anyway, for all of you other musicians let me know if you end up broadcasting a show on StageIt.com and I’ll check it out.  I have a few artists I’d love to see up here soon.

Gregg Geil


Gin Blossoms-No Chocolate Cake

Gin Blossoms
No Chocolate Cake
RELEASE DATE: September 28, 2010
REVIEWED BY: Rusty Hogan

It’s 1993, I’m 16 and the music landscape has recently undergone a complete 180. I live out in the sticks, so I get most of my music from a fairly new radio station out of Atlanta that plays alternative rock. That’s were I hear the song Hey Jealousy and become an immediate a fan of the Gin Blossoms. Upon hearing a few months ago that the band had released a new album, I went online and bought it, sight unseen – or in this case CD unheard – which worried me a little, because unfortunately many times bands this far into there career tend to start recycling. Ok, once it finished downloading No Chocolate Cake, I was ready to crank it up. Right off the bat, track 1 starts strong. Don’t Change for Me is classic Gin Blossoms with a modern twist, which eased my worry and shows an evolution to their sound. But don’t worry; the band didn’t go overboard reinventing themselves. Tracks like Something Real, I Don’t want to Lose You, and Somewhere Tonight will easily transport you back to the mid-1990s. And tracks like Go CryBaby, Wave Bye Bye, and Dead Or Alive On the 405 will get stuck in your head and have you humming for days. Overall, if you’re looking for that fun, feel-good album to wear out this summer, No Chocolate Cake is that album.

  

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Americana Rock Mix: Live Archive - Slobberbone Pt. 3

Slobberbone
Reunion Shows, Night 1
Dan’s Silverleaf
Denton, TX
February 6th, 2009

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Setlist:
- Josephine
- Can’t Stay Sober/Shoot You Dead
- I Can Tell Your Love Is Waning

—Encore—
- Haze Of Drink
- Champagne Supernova (Oasis)

—Soundcheck—
- Find The Out (incomplete)*
- Cartoon (incomplete)*
- Live On In The Dark
- Hey Hey, My My (incomplete)*
- Jam
- Dunk You In The River (incomplete)*

(THE INCOMPLETE TRACKS MEAN THAT THEY JUST DIDN’T FINISH PLAYING THE SONG)

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MARK JUNGERS - MORE LIKE A GOOD DOG THAN A BAD CAT

MARK JUNGERS

MORE LIKE A GOOD DOG THAN A BAD CAT

RELEASE DATE – MARCH 29, 2011

REVIEWED BY JOHN WALKER

 

Just a few months into 2011, and it has already been a bountiful music year. Mark Junger’s new release More Like a Good Dog Than a Bad Cat just might sit at the top of this list so far.

 

If you are not yet familiar with Mark Jungers…where the hell have you been? As stated on his own web site…www.markjungers.com…:

 

Mark Jungers is no stranger to the Americana roots music scene. He’s been playing it for years- since well before the term “Americana” was coined- because in his world, country, roots rock, folk, and bluegrass music need not be mutually exclusive. Mark and his band play what is the heart of Americana: gutsy, unpretentious music filled with spirit and spontaneity.

 

This free-wheeling spirit and spontaneity are certainly on display in his new CD. The 13 songs here get you involved by sucking you into the energetic flow…leaving you tapping your toes and singing loudly before you are even aware what is going on.

 

The opening song, Show Me a Sign, fringes on southern gospel and immediately gets you off your feet and moving. The full set of instrumentals are amazing, with Adrian Scholar opening on guitar, Wes Green playing a mesmerizing mandolin which carries the energy, Josh Flowers on bass, and Matthew Briggs capturing the beat on drums. Junger’s mouth bow adds another essential quality to this one.

 

Jungers provides most of the writing here as well, showcasing his broad talents. He did get some writing help on 3 songs from a couple of other Texas artists you should check out …Owen Temple and Adam Carroll. Temple helps with the writing on Can’t Take It With You, while Carroll assists on the final two cuts…It’s All You and the tongue in cheek Swinging In The Wind. The lone cover song is the smooth old rocker  Heel To Toe, written by Phil Stevens. This one reminds me of a classic Buddy Holly/Chuck Berry tune, with the similar smooth 50’s vibe.

 

Susan Gibson, another established Texas musician who wrote the hit Wide Open Spaces plus has a new release of her own out recently titled Tightrope, also contributes here with harmony and vocals on Riverdown and Tired of Being Lonely, in which Adam Carroll makes a vocal appearance as well.

 

The highlights here are numerous, as each song takes on a life of its own. It is truly not often you can say there are not 1 or 2 songs that are fillers. Each song is vibrant and captivating…flowing seamlessly throughout the record.

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HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE BROKEOFFS - NO HELP COMING

HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE BROKEOFFS

NO HELP COMING
RELEASE DATE – APRIL 26, 2011
REVIEWED BY JOHN WALKER
This talented duo, Holly Golightly along with multi-instrumentalist Lawyer Dave, found their way to the state of Georgia and compiled a rockabilly masterpiece.

How do you define “rockabilly”? To be honest, there are hundreds of definitions floating around on that one…a mixture of rock and bluegrass… a blend of country and rhythm/blues…or a combination of rock/blues/mountain music. The best way I like to define rockabilly is simply this…Fun. The sparse earthy sounds remain fresh and timeless, sounding as if they could have been written 50 years ago but still enjoyable today.
One glance at the list of 12 songs on this record and you know it has got to be entertaining. From the opening title cut, No Help Coming, the song set here includes 9 originals with such titles as The Rest of Your Life…Burn Oh Junk Pile Burn…You’re Under Arrest…The Whole Day Long….Get Out of My House…The Only One…Leave It Alone…and River of Tears.

The 3 covers here are stellar, each standing out as distinctive highlights. A 1955 cult classic Here Lies My Love, along with the psycho country epic LSD (Rock ‘N’ Roll Prison) written by Wavy Gravy are captivating. The third cover stands tallest of them all…Bill Anderson’s Lord Know’s We’re Drinking is worth the every penny spent here. This one, along with much of their own music, will have you listening again and again…each time grasping onto something you might have missed before…and wondering how this great music has been overlooked for so long.
Lawyer Dave does an exceptional job with his lead vocals on the original You’re Under Arrest. This tongue in cheek toe tapper displays his strong vocals, and begs the question why he does not sing lead more often. Holly’s harmony here is exceptional as well.

Sometimes artists take themselves and their music far too seriously. They have somewhere lost their way and ability to enjoy what they are doing, and make it their job to tell you how important they are in music. Not so here…Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs definitely have fun with their unique brand of pure music, so sit back and enjoy a good one here.

 

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ROBYN LUDWICK - OUT OF THESE BLUES

Robyn Ludwick
Out of These Blues
Release Date - April 19, 2011
Reviewed by John Walker

Few female artists today receive the praise and admiration they deserve. For some reason as well, each artist/release is often compared to Lucinda Williams and her hugely successful Car Wheels On a Gravel Road. Not even Lucinda herself has hit that level again, so why must we compare all female artists against it? Robyn Ludwick not only has this prejudice to overcome, but being the sister of two well known brothers, Bruce and Charlie Robison, she must work that much harder to make a name of her own. Following her breakthrough 2008 release Too Much Desire, Ludwick has successfully forged her own niche with her new release Out of These Blues.
This release features Ludwick on her own, without the help of her talented family. Producer Gurf Morlix allows Ludwick’s talents to shine, showcasing her multi-talented vocal abilities throughout. Ludwick is equally adept with her passionate vocal ballads, blues, and upbeat toe tappers.

Much like her brothers, Ludwick has a vocal essence which draws the listener in. With the opening song Hollywood her vocals flow effortlessly, painting a heart-wrenching visual for the listener. The sparse arrangement title cut features literally bleeds blue, dripping with a lonesome feeling, agony, and despair. Can’t Go Back is a more upbeat fiddle number that sounds quite a bit like a Charlie Robison classic, with a touch of humor. Definitely one of my favorites from the record.
While this may not be a record you want to pull out at a party, mostly filled with heartbreak and sorrow, it is one that you can truly enjoy over and over again with great vocals and wonderful songwriting. Ludwick hits her mark, and establishes herself as a musical talent all her own.

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Americana Rock Mix: Episode 104 - Throw A Little Twang On It

Not much to say this episode. ‘Cept some more “thank you’s” to those people who have continued to donate to the Boris Fundraiser. Also I’m playing some good tunes, and a few are for the twang lovers.

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Music in this episode:

- Breaking Up AND Moving On Down The Line by American Gun
(from Therapy)
www.AmericanGun.net

- Days Of Walking AND Friday Night by Matt Woods
(from Manifesto)
www.TheRealMattWoods.com

- Show Me Some Love AND Love Takes its Toll by The Sleepin’ Dogs
(from Love Takes Its Toll)
www.Reverbnations.com/TheSleepinDogs

- Ballad of AND Won’t Go Home Till Morning by The Habit
(from Lincoln Has Won)
www.TheHabitWeb.com

- Problem Solver AND Lonely Fortunes by Ha Ha Tonka
(from Death Of A Decade)
www.HaHaTonkaMusic.com

- Better Here AND Can’t You See by Shane Lamb
(from Better Here)
www.ShaneLambMusic.com

- Caroline AND Love Comes Calling by Still Spark
(from Still Spark)
www.StillSpark.com

- Feast AND The Grain by Austin Lucas
(from A New Home in the Old World)
www.AustinLucasMusic.com

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