If you've been around MCC for awhile, you know that we're Texas music junkies. You know that some of our favorite artists are from the Austin area. But did you know that many of them, including Walt Wilkins, Kelley Mickwee, Jamie Lin Wilson, Courtney Patton, Adam Carroll, The Band of Heathens, have all written multiple songs with Owen Temple?
Owen hasn't been touring outside of Texas much these last few years, but is a regular at iconic Texas stages like The Saxon Pub, The Mucky Duck, Dosey Doe, Poor David's Pub and countless others.
Owen's latest release, Rings on a Tree, dropped on September 26, and is Owen's ninth full length record. We've been listening ever since, and it's pretty great - it includes two Walt Wilkins and one Kelley Mickwee co-write. Owen also co-authored a book about songwriting, Songfarmer, with Gordy Quist of The Band of Heathens.
Richard Skanse of Lone Star Music Magazine wrote, "Temple [earns] a seat at the table next to the best Texas/Americana troubadours of his generation. He’s always had a great voice for the medium, but it’s never sounded better than it does here: as rich, warm and comforting as Don Williams and as dry, worn and wizened as Townes Van Zandt… But best of all are the songs. Every one of them is a keeper”
We've been wanting to host Owen for awhile now, and we're thrilled he'll be kicking off MCC's 10th season!
"A little bit folk, a little bit country/Americana, and a whole lot of soul." - I wish I knew who coined this description for Grace, but I don't. It's a perfect description that finds its way into pretty much everything written about Grace and her music.
Originally from Alabama, Grace lived in Austin for awhile (where we first became familiar with her music), and now splits her time between Nashville and Ireland.
We first became aware of Grace's music through BettySoo. Grace, BS and Rebecca Loebe make up the sometimes trio Nobody's Girl, and it was a Nobody's Girl show that got us following Grace. Grace has released four full-length albums, the most recent being Working Woman (2021).
Asked about her conscious choice to work with an all-female/non-binary creative team for Working Woman, Grace explains, “As a feminist, I can't complain that the industry is unfair to women if I'm not actively working onwhatever level I'm at to change it for others ... Here in the US, women make up something like 22% of chart-topping artists, across all genres. We are 2% of the producers credited on those charts, and just about 12% of the songwriters. Less than 1% of chart-topping songs are written without men. Meaning, we are literally not hearing women. The fact is, women like me work our tails off. We have to, to carve out our place in the world. It's past time to recognize and honor women’s contributions. This is our time and we will make the rules. We are not asking for respect anymore. Now, we are demanding it."