People want to see something special when they go out, and that's exactly what you get with The Blue Owens Band.....
Blue Owens has been blowing the harmonica since the day he was gifted a harp while hitchhiking across the States as a teen. Prior to landing in the Pacific Northwest, and becoming deeply rooted in the Eugene, Oregon blues scene, Blue spent some years in Austin, Texas hanging out with his friend, the blues great, James Cotton. It was with Cotton that Blue perfected his craft.
The Blue Owens Band has honed their original songs in front of live audiences, responding to their listeners, "working the tip jar" in the traditional, old-blues way, bringing down the roof with house-rocking, hard-driving blues. The band's original tunes are fueled by Blue's jaw dropping harmonica riffs, T-Bone Weldon's melodic guitar leads and vocals, and speckled-in with some boogie-woogie piano by Hugh Schmittle. Young James Reese on Rhythm Guitar, Michael Morningsun on Bass Guitar and Dave Roberts on drums locks it all in with a syncopated, get out of your chair, danceable backbeat.
Either a band is great together or they aren't great at all, and with The Blue Owens Band, it is clear as daylight that all of these blues cats are great, hand-picked musicians who love what they do and love bringing it for you.
T-Bone Weldon, a founding member of the Blue Owens Band, songwriter par excellence, who penned the band's many originals, passed away on December 22, 2018. T-Bone was one hell of an experience bluesman, and was at it for some 45 years. This kick-ass guitar/vocalist shared the stage with some of the greats like James Cotton, Elvin Bishop, BB King, CJ Chenier, Gatemouth Brown, John Hammond Jr., Lonnie Mack, Henry Vestine and many others. T-Bone was an original member of the Étouffée Band, T-Bone Weldon and the Prime Cut Band, as well as The Blue Owens Band. We all miss him beyond words. Rest in peace, friend.