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Michael Owens - The Devil's Doorway

Rock,Blues,Pop, Americana

United States

Band Description

An eclectic blend of Blues, Rock,& Americana and a bit of Country.Guitar-driven songs influenced by 60's,70's Pop Rock - yet very original.

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Artist Biography

Michael Owens was a founding member of  Twin/Tone recording artists FINGERPRINTS. In addition to dates with Pere Ubu, Blondie and Peter Hammill, the band headlined at the legendary Longhorn Bar, First Ave and other venues in Minneapolis/St Paul/Chicago and the upper Midwest  area including dates at Duffy’s with Mitch Ryder and Dwight Twilley. The late Tim Carr (A&R Warner Brothers) called Mike’s song Wasted On You, the best single song on the first three Twin/Tone EP’s. (The little Red Records-Fingerprints, The Suburbs and Curtiss A’s Spooks) The band also headlined at  The Walker Art Center Presents “The Cream Of The Crop” supported by Spooks(Curtiss A) and NNB. Fingerprints was also chosen as the first band paired with a movie in The Walker Art Centers Band and a movie in Loring Park as well as the M-80 Music Festival with Chris Stamey & The DB's,Devo,The Fleshtones and The Richard Lloyd Quintet. The band reformed for The Mill City Music Festival in 1999 headlined by Prince.                                                                                                                                       
Mike along with Blackberry Way partner and Fingerprints drummer Kevin Glynn, formed THE IDLE STRAND. With Gary Menne on bass the band released two LP’s on Blackberry Way Records. The LP’s received rave reviews in Boston Rock, Rockpool and Cash Box magazines. The LP’s were released in Europe on LINE/WARNER BROTHERS RECORDS, and garnered tons of college radio- play in the USA.
As a record producer/recording engineer and session musician Mike appears on countless projects over the years.
The new CD The Devil’s Doorway was recorded at Blackberry Way winter 2013.     

Press Release
BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDS just inked a deal with the legendary CANADIAN AMERICAN RECORDS owned by Joey Welz, pianist from BILL HALEY and THE COMETS, to release two singles from the CD MICHAEL OWENS/THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY. The songs will be part of the upcoming WORLDWIDE RADIO SINGLES CD RELEASE in JAN 2015. The CD will be distributed to over 8500 radio stations around the world as well as shopped at the MIDEM CONVENTION in Cannes France for foreign licensing deals. Some of the famous artists on CANADIAN AMERICAN RECORDS are: PAUL SIMON, LINK WRAY, SARAH VAUGHN, THE 4 TOPS, THE BELMONTS, SANTO and JOHNNY and BILL HALEY'S COMETS. - See more at:http://www.blackberrywayrecords.com/reviews__news#sthash.W91alJEv.XunVqg2R.dpuf
MICHAEL OWENS/THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY is an eclectic blend of Blues, Rock, Americana and a bit of Country. Guitar-driven songs influenced by 60’s & 70’s Pop- yet very original. Michael Owens was the featured artist of the week June7th Through June 13th on Tom Lamberts INDEPENDENT MUSIC SHOW in the UK. The station is syndicated on over 200 Radio stations around the world. We are also getting airplay on San Francisco’s Select World Wide All Star Radio, 87.6- Madrid Spain, Rock & Roll Psychic Radio- Ohio,Woods Hit Radio- Trinadad, What’s Up Radio Show- Canada, EGH Radio, Cairnes FM 89.1- Australia, iTunes listed station Woody Radio, Hound Dog Radio- Savannah, WCPR- Charleston, WMSE Zero Radio Hour and have been inducted into THE RADIO JOHNBC INDIE ARTIST HALL OF FAME in the UK. A video of the song HERE COMES A MADMAN is available for viewing on THE TELICIDE CHANNEL as well as on our VIDEOS page.
October 01, 2014
 KAOS 89.3 FM Olympia Washington just added THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY to their playlist!

 I spent a lot of time with THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY. I have to say it’s mighty impressive. You’ve clearly put a lot of thought into it. I love hearing how your eclectic taste gets filtered into your own stuff. Not surprisingly the thing that instantly caught my ear is the guitar playing. I also love the way yours and Terri’s voices work so well together. The somewhat extended intro of the opening track really lays down the law that this is a record that isn’t in a hurry. I love the “Trust me!” right before the solo! The second track, Won’t Be Satisfied, brings the tempo up a bit, is a little brighter in mood and is whimsical lyrically. The drum tracks are especially nice on this one and the layered vocals are super-cool. Here Comes A Madman sounds like the big one. There’s something really special about this song. On Bucketful Of Rain the guitar kills me-both the tone and the playing. Hillbilly Girl, a nice country- folk number leads into I Hope You’re Happy, nothing like a 12 string pop song! It’s cool to hear Terri’s voice out front on Oh Daddy featuring a nice piano. I love the line “Father, Son & Holy Ghost/Who The Hell Can Help Me Most” on Cold Wind Blowing- nice writing! Dig the strings on Blue Water Men and I especially like the vocals on the title line on Bye Bye Baby. I love the cool, low note guitar solo on Queen Of The South and Splendors Of The Past is the right way to end the album. Sort of Pink Floyd, Atom Heart Mother or Meddle era. There you have it!                                                          

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