Dallas Owens

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief

Dallas Owens grew up in between Roby and Sweetwater, Texas. He currently resides in Lubbock, Texas. He enjoys re-staining and painting furniture, watching movies, sitting on the edge of his bed and staring blankly at the wall for hours.

Are you currently touring? If so with who?

"I am not touring at the moment. Took a couple months off of it to deal with arthritis issues. Got some stuff in the works though."

When and why did you start playing?

"I was 14 at a church camp, there was a talent show type thing and one of the bands needed a bass player. My father played bass,
so I foolishly assumed I could as well and told them i would do it. It went terribly as far as my playing goes, but everyone in the crowd was jumping, then I started jumping. When the song was over i walked outside to sit down for a second and take it all in. The drummer was sitting near me, and I turned to him and said, 'I just found out what I'm doing for the rest of my life.'"

What drives your passion?

"My love of a good story, and the strange, almost masochistic, urge to make them myself and make people listen."

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

"I gather inspiration from anything and everything. I try to read as often as possible, watch an insane amount of movies and listen to an almost unhealthy amount of music, going to dive bars alone during the day and creepily listen to people talk to other people, finding ways of story telling I like. Some of my songs are just stories about people that don't, but should, exist, some of them are about me and things I deal with, most of the time it's somewhere in the middle. Every song is different for me. I'm pretty sure I've never written two songs in the same way."

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

"I admire anyone that makes a living doing what they want. If they are a famous musician, I may not like them, but i definitely admire them."

Which famous musicians have you learned from?

"Guitar Shorty, an awesome blues fella and husband of Jimi Hendrix's half sister told me and the group of hooligans i was with that blues was about the notes you don't play. I apply that to everything in life now, he had some more advice and such, but that stuff is a secret.. but generally speaking, I learn everything I can from everyone i can. from Art Garfunkel to Frank Zappa."

What are your fondest musical memories?

"I have a new one almost every week. Any time me and my buddies get to hang and play a little music, I'm in heaven."

Were you influenced by old records & tapes?

"Absolutely not. 8-tracks all the way baby."

Who are your favorite musicians?

"One of my favorite Texas bands right now, that happens to be comprised of some pretty rad dudes, is the Crooks, other than that, 
my favorites are my brothers, Dylan Schneider(Drummer for Dallas Owens, whoever that is) and Levi Fowler (Singer/Songwriter and Harmonica player for Front Porch)."

What is a typical week like for you?

"Sundays I isolate myself from the world and everyone in it. most of the other six days are spent trying to get out of working my day job.
also drinking happens occasionally. Also playing music whenever I can of course."

What's your favorite thing about being on the road?

"Seeing sights and friends from all over. Feeling like you're on a vacation that pays you is pretty neat. I used to really just love the driving, 
but as i get older that's becoming less fun in and of itself."

What's the funniest thing that's happened on the road?

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Best place to eat while on the road?

"If I'm in San Angelo, I gotsta get my Dragonlicious on. Delicious Chinese food and the owners are friends of mine. I usually eat there twice or thrice a visit."

What's the best town play in?

"As mentioned before, Angelo has Dragonlicious, so I'm gonna go with there. My official stance is that I love them all equally in their own 
special ways."

Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?

"You have to network. I mean really get in there and make that net work. Also patience is a virtue."

Thank you so much Dallas! Your such an incredible songwriter!

Xxx West Texas Sweetheart 

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