In terms of rock’n’roll tales, Dan Owen has had a head start on most musicians his age. The 25 year old has earned his success, old-fashioned way. He started out playing every pub that would have him and honed his craft with old bluesmen who gave him his own nickname. He has gone from performing for politicians at Westminster to partying in Nashville with Willie Nelson. This Shropshire boy has a wealth of stories to share.
Despite discovering that he could silence a room by singing blues covers at the age of 15, Dan thought he had found his calling in carpentry when he took an apprenticeship and came top of the class. He was offered a placement with the world-famous guitar maker Patrick Eggle but, just before taking it up, he suffered an injury in the workshop that all but blinded him in one eye.
Inspired by his worldly journey, on his debut album Stay Awake With Me, you’ll hear tales of his friends getting caught up in drugs (the majestic, strings-soaked Icarus), of domestic abuse (the stately, spine-tingling Made to Love You - Acoustic) and of the traumatic aftermath of Dan’s eye injury (the menacing blues-rocker Hideaway). The beautiful title track is an ode to Dan’s beloved grandfather, who passed away, and is written from the point of view of his nan.
Most of the album was recorded at RAK Studios with MyRiot (London Grammar, Halsey, Birdy). All of it is as honest and soulful as it is built for being howled back in festival fields and – pints of Real Ale aloft.