I wrote this song after reading two books by Joe Nick Patoski: Caught in the Crossfire (about Stevie Ray Vaughan) and An Epic Life (about Willie Nelson). This song is a tribute to those songwriters (and to guys like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Delbert McClinton, Billy Joe Shaver, the Vaughan Brothers, the Sexton Brothers) who have spent those late nights and early mornings putting their heart on the line to play the songs.
1. Mountain Home
3. Medicine Man
4. Small Town
5. Danger and Good Times
6. Fall in Love Every Night
7. Jacksboro Highway
8. Old Sam
9. Prince of Peace
10. One Day Closer to Rain
Mountain Home, the sixth studio record from Austin, Texas-based songwriter Owen Temple, is a collection of 10 songs about eccentric characters living extraordinary lives in small towns and on the fringes of big cities.
The characters are all on edge- on the verge of freedom, catastrophe, and hope- and the songs tell of strange happenings in rural landscapes both past and present.
Recorded with producer Gabe Rhodes, the album has the feel of a live performance with stellar contributions from Charlie Sexton on bass and baritone guitar, Bukka Allen on keyboards, Tommy Spurlock on pedal steel, and drummer Rick Richards.
The project includes songs written by Temple and co-writes with Adam Carroll, Scott Nolan, and Gordy Quist (of the Band of Heathens). Temple’s love of folk, blues, and bluegrass shines through in the arrangements and the playing of his compadres.
“I love traditional music- old songs that cross time and space to tell you what the people cared about,” Temple says. “With my songs I'm trying to get down some of the stories of this place.”
Produced by Gabriel Rhodes
Recorded at Graceyland / Sunbird Studios, Austin, Texas
OWEN TEMPLE - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
CHARLIE SEXTON - Baritone Guitar, Bass
GABRIEL RHODES - Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Piano
RICK RICHARDS - Drums, Percussion
BRIAN STANDEFER - Cello
BUKKA ALLEN - Piano, Organ, Accordion
TOMMY SPURLOCK - Pedal Steel Guitar
ADAM CARROLL - Harmonica
GORDY QUIST - Harmony Vocals
JAMIE WILSON - Harmony Vocals
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