Buddy Owen Band

Buddy Owen Band

Buddy Owen was born in New York City and raised in Florida (contrary to popular belief, Florida is part of the south). He grew up with the sounds of Southern Gospel and New York City Doo Wop, Hank Williams and Ave Maria's. His classmates in the small tourist and agricultural town of Winter Haven, Florida included Gram Parsons, Jimmy Stafford, Kent LaVoie (aka Lobo), The Bellamy Bros. and Les Dudek (solo Midnight Rider).

Growing up in the swamps and on the beaches of Florida, Buddy at night would listen to John R and Big Hue Baby on WLAC Radio in Nashville, Tennessee. Here he heard Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson, Son House, Tampa Red, on and on. Buddy was hooked. He had to be part of that. He had to git him sum.

Around the age of 13, Buddy started going down to the "blues" clubs and singing. During High School he formed a band with some schoolmates called The Spades, who became very popular in the Southeast. The Spades opened shows for Rufus Thomas, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, The Zombies, Searchers and more. They shared venues such as The Ocean Pier Casino and Martinique in Daytona Beach and the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami - as well as poolside at the hotels along the beaches of Florida - with The Allman Joys (a teenage Allman Brothers Band).

After this he went to New York and The Village and became part of that scene working the coffee houses and clubs of New York. Buddy jammed around with people who were to become bands such as Blood Sweat and Tears and Blues Project. He left this to move to San Francisco and Haight Ashbury and the rich stew of music that was bubbling there.

During these magical times Buddy played and recorded around the San Francisco Bay Area. During the '70s he toured the country pretty much nonstop, sometimes living on the East Coast, sometimes the West Coast, and for a while in Aspen, Colorado. In May 1970, Buddy Owen played Carnegie Hall with his band OZ along with The Youngloods and Tim Hardin.

In the early '80s he lived in Austin where his good friend Chesley Millikin was managing Stevie Ray Vaughan, where he got to play one of Clifton Chenier's last shows with him before his death. Buddy released his first solo album from there and struck out on a supporting tour. The band included, Jimmy Carl Black on drums (from The Mothers Of Invention) and Reno Mussata (Kinky Friedman) in a double drumming configuration.

Most of the rest of the '80s and '90s he lived in Marin County California, where he continues to live today. The band at present is Buddy Owen on guitar and vocals, Ernest "Boom" Carter on drums and vocals, Phil Marshall on bass, Ian Lamson on guitar and Richie Smith on keyboards.

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Buddy Owen Band

Sunday, August 18 · 4:00 PM at 19 Broadway

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