Owen Temple – Mountain Home
Mountain Home, Owen Temple’s sixth studio record, is my first encounter with Austin, Texas’ best kept secret. Set to release on April 26th, it’s a collection of ten incredible songs which tell the stories of uncommon and common folks living in small towns and on the fringes of life and the economy.
Recorded in Austin, the city’s influence and Temple’s love of folk, blues and bluegrass can be heard throughout the album. “I love traditional music – old songs that cross time and space to tell you what the people cared about…With my songs I’m trying to get down some of the stories of this place,” said Temple.
Produced by Gabriel Rhodes, the album’s live performance feel gives the songs on Mountain Home an authentic and straightforward quality that allows the natural storyteller in Temple to shine. A stellar songwriter, Temple co-wrote the record with some of the musicians who contributed – Adam Carroll, Scott Nolan, and Gordy Quist from The Band of Heathens. While other high-caliber musicians like Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan) on baritone guitar and bass, Bukka Allen (The Bodeans) on keyboards, Tommy Spurlock (Delbert McClinton, Rodney Crowell) on pedal steel, and Rick Richards (Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hayes Carll) added their expertise bringing each song to life and giving each track its own individual spirit.
If you’re unfamiliar with Owen Temple like I was, Mountain Home is a great introduction to this remarkable songwriter’s work. It contains everything that makes a record timeless – terrific songwriting, excellent music, and the familiarity of traditional Southern comfort.
You can purchase Mountain Home at Owen Temple’s website
— April Wolfe @Common Folk Music