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Owen Davis

For more than 20 years, Owen Davis has been writing songs that could be described as folk, and yet they are so much more. Davis combines the best of rock and ska with undertones of country. His diverse style mirrors his diverse life experiences. The native West Virginian has been a geologist, Peace Corps fisheries volunteer, glass factory worker and a middle school science teacher.

Davis has played in numerous original bands most notably Gene Pool who shared the stage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Swimming Pool Cues. As a solo performer, he’s opened for Commander Cody, Chuck Brodski and David Lowery with FSK.

Now mainly a solo performer, he often plays with the Free Hummus All Stars featuring Kim Monday on bass, Mark Poole on guitar, and Rick Ravenscroft on drums. All are longtime veterans of the Morgantown music scene.

Davis likes to tell a colorful story with lyrics that sometimes grab you by the collar and give you a good shake. His personal observations are both obscure and familiar. He covers everything from the joys and sorrows of being a barstool: “Like a male cheerleader’s hand, some nights are so grand, I carry the weight of the world.” (Fifth Year Senior, Harry the Barstool, 2002) to a bittersweet holiday trip to the liquor store: “It’s Christmas Eve at the liquor store, the line forms way out to the door. The rich are talking to the poor and what’s wrong with that.” (Cigar Monologues, Christmas Eve at the Liquor Store, 2008)

After a second chance meeting with film maker John Waters he sings:
“I was at the baggage claim down at BWI next to conveyor belt
He comes up to me says, “Do you see all the people and beauty of it all?”
And I just know just how he felt
Is there a Buddha, Mohammad or Christ, when you have met John Waters Twice?
(Cigar Monologues, John Waters Twice)

His work includes the following six CDs produced by Frozen Sound on the Too Big Music label:

Fred MacMurray on Safari, 1989

Among the Teeming Millions, 1991

Crack House, 1994

Fear of Parking, 1998

Fifth Year Senoir, 2002

The Cigar Monologues, 2008

“Davis waxes full of clever observations and unpredictable rhymes sounding like R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe backed by sitars and bouzoukis.” — Charleston Gazette

“Davis’ straightforward guitar and vocal arrangements, with sparce adornment mostly from sitar and drums, are haunting at times, uplifting at others, always captivating.” — New Age Journal

“Take time to savor the not just the songs, but the musicianship. There’s real talent on the guitars, strings and so on. Life has problems, these songs say, but hear the music, have some fun and enjoy the beauty.” — David Beard, The Dominion Post