Sunday, May 2, 2010

Will Owsley dies at age 44


Will Owsley died at Williamson County Hospital in Franklin, Tenn., around midday Friday. He was 44.

A musician since he was a teenager, Owsley had 10 gold records and had toured the world three times with various top-name bands.

Owsley was Amy Grant’s touring guitarist for 16 years, and his own music veered into edgier, power-pop terrains. He was nominated for a Grammy award for his engineering work on 1999 solo debut album Owsley, released through Giant Records. Owsley performed with Shania Twain on numerous national television shows and awards programs. A second album, called The Hard Way, was Owsley’s own creation in a studio he built in his home in Franklin, Tenn. Rate this posting:

7 comments:

jay strange said...

heartbreaking news

KingSizeMong said...

Damn shame, heard about it last night.

It's hard to believe that somebody that talented, and who made 3 of my favourite albums was only 2 years older than me.

powerpopster said...

Damn; another one gone too soon. His 1999 debut record was such a joyful slice of power pop. Loved "Coming Up Roses"....
R.I.P. dude.
--powerpopster

Anonymous said...

10 gold records??? To my knowledge, he only had 2 though they were absolutely phenomenal. He'll be sorely missed.

Anonymous said...

Had the opportunity to work with him one night in Nashville by surprise. He listened to this little girl (unnamed who went on to become an award winning star herself) play a rough acoustic version of a song we were working. He made couple of calls to some other players and in an hour they played that song like they wrote it and she signed a record deal at 14. What energy and creativity he brought to that session. I liked the guy a lot every time we crossed paths. God give peace to his soul.

Anonymous said...

I just saw a video for Coming Up Roses on his facebook page. It is Great! If you know this song, you have to go see this video.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=113412215364887&v=wall

tomg said...

I like very much the first album "Owsley", that is powerpop overdose, no doubt about it.

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