OWSLEY Owsley (1999)

Owsley (1999)

I was saddened to read about the April 30th death of Will Owsley. The guitarist is best known for two genuine power pop albums, this being the first, and for his earlier work in the excellent, Semantics. Since pop rarely pays, he made ends meet working for Amy Grant, but one listen to 1999′s Owsley, should illustrate pretty quickly where the guy’s heart was. AMG says that Owsley is “about as ideal as pop solo debuts get.” Both of his solo albums are out of print, but you can still find 2004′s The Hard Way at Amazon, HERE.

Oh No The Radio (5:01)
I’m All Right (3:06)
Coming Up Roses (4:03)
Good Old Days (3:29)
The Sky Is Falling (3:47)
Sentimental Favorite (3:29)
Zavelow House (3:42)
Sonny Boy (4:23)
The Homecoming Song (3:00)
Uncle John’s Farm (2:38)
Class Clown (5:48)



  • 1
    May 7, 2010 - 15:22 | Permalink

    I was also sad to hear of Owsley's passing. I heard "Oh No The Radio" on a static filled college radio station soon after it came out and frantically scribbled down lyrics on a notepad while driving so I could look it up later. Great tune.

  • 2
    Brad Geiger
    May 7, 2010 - 16:26 | Permalink

    10 months ago Owsley's hometown newspaper did a story on him after he performed with Amy Grant in Birmingham, in which he said he wanted to be buried next to his grandmother "when the time comes". He was 43 at the time. The fact this sort of thing was on his mind suggests he was closer than anyone thought to ending his life.

  • 3
    May 7, 2010 - 18:09 | Permalink

    This is the first I'm hearing about this. I'm stunned. When I got his first CD I'd play Oh No the Radio for anyone and everyone. Such a shame that he's gone, but I'm grateful for the music he leaves behind (and for Capt. Willard and his blog)

  • 4
    May 7, 2010 - 18:24 | Permalink

    I'd never heard of him. So glad I have now.

  • 5
    Capt. Willard
    May 7, 2010 - 15:12 | Permalink


  • 6
    May 7, 2010 - 22:14 | Permalink

    In Nashville, Tenn., the place where Will Owsley lived out his passion for music, the skies have opened up and the town is flooded.

    In Anniston, Owsley’s hometown and the place where family and friends came to say goodbye one last time to this beloved and talented man, the sun was shining brightly. It was shining right through the stained glass at Parker Memorial Baptist Church where a standing-room-only crowd was on hand.

    As his pastor from Nashville said during Tuesday’s funeral, Will “could light up a room.” That was evident among the hundreds attending the services for Owsley, who died Friday in Nashville. He was 44. Friends of the family were there. As were Owsley’s peers who grew up with him.

    And there were many famous faces from the recording industry, the ones who knew Owsley as a well-regarded musician from Nashville. Their presence was a reassurance that Will left Anniston a talented musician with ambition; his famous musician friends returned this final time to tell us of the artist they knew, loved, respected and will miss terribly.

    It’s a well-known story of a kid who loved music and who spent long hours honing his craft. The tale follows on with the young man playing in dives, looking for a break. And in Owsley’s case, this hard work paid off as he found success.

  • 7
    May 8, 2010 - 03:30 | Permalink

    Beautiful music. I was looking forward to more. RIP Will.

  • 8
    Brad Geiger
    May 8, 2010 - 15:19 | Permalink

    After I finished listening to it all I could think was, "Where would Owsley be today if millions instead of 1000's had heard this masterpiece back in '99?"

  • 9
    May 9, 2010 - 01:05 | Permalink

    I bought this CD two years ago at an fye store for around $3. Wow! Best $3 I ever spent!

    I remember first hearing about this guy back in 2000, he was on some sort of music show on HBO, along with Beth Hart (another underrated talent). Sad that very few even took the time to listen to his music (regretfully, I didn't until '08). Really hate that he's no longer with us in order for him to experience our appreciation of his music. I would love it if someone out there could upload the bonus track from the Japanese import version of this same CD. Then I would really be happy!

    You are doing music fans like us a huge favor, helping to expose us to new stuff. And for this, I thank you!

  • 10
    Capt. Willard
    May 9, 2010 - 01:32 | Permalink

    I also came late to the Owsley party. Somewhere around '05, and also only paid a couple of bucks for it. And… I'd love to hear that bonus track, too. Anyone?… Bueller?…. Bueller?

  • 11
    Daniel Rubin
    May 9, 2010 - 04:18 | Permalink

    Been traveling. Rainbows and lightening on the road. Then I get home and get the news this way. Best way, actually. Thanks.

  • 12
    May 9, 2010 - 23:07 | Permalink

    Brad I am with you all the way – in right now on 1st listen and i am staggered at the exquisite sounds and ashamed I only know of such a gifted artist after he has left us

    Thank you Captain W -you are serving his memory in the best way possible

    May he Rest In Peace

  • 13
    July 29, 2013 - 14:25 | Permalink

    Thanks for this and The Semantics stuff. Superb

  • 14
    July 29, 2013 - 14:29 | Permalink

    Not downloading. Meg doesn’t like my Mac :-((

    • 15
      July 29, 2013 - 15:28 | Permalink

      It’s not your Mac (I’m Mac, too). It’s your browser.

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