The Devil's Doorway

Michael Owens

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An eclectic blend of blues based rock,pop & country from the man who founded Blackberry Way Recording Studios That Recorded Mpls bands including The Replacements,The Trash Men,Soul Asylum, Curtis A, The Flamin' Oh's, The Castaways and many more!

The extended intro on blues based The Devil's Doorway lays down the law that this is a record that isn't in a hurry.Won't Be Satisfied brings up the tempo and the layered vocals are super cool. Bucketfull Of Rain the guitar kills me-both the tone and the playing. Hillbilly Girl a country folk number. Hope Your Happy nothing like a 12 string pop song. Oh Daddy Cool to hear Terri's vocal out front..nice piano. Cold Wind Blowing love the line father son & holy ghost/who the hell can help me most-nice writing.Blue Water Men dig the strings. Bye Bye Baby love the vocals on the title line. Queen Of The South like the cool, low note guitar solo.Splendors Of The Past sort of Pink Floyd, Atom Heart Mother or Meddle era. Peter Jesperson Michael Owens was a founding member of Twin/Tone recording artists FINGERPRINTS. In addition to dates with Pere Ubu, Blondie and Peter Hammill, the band headlined at the legendary Longhorn Bar, First Ave and other venues in the five state area including dates at Duffy’s with Mitch Ryder and Dwight Twilley. The late Tim Carr called Mike’s song Wasted On You, the best single song on the first three Twin/Tone EP’s. (The little Red Records-Fingerprints, The Suburbs and Curtiss A’s Spooks) The band also headlined at The Walker Art Center Presents “The Cream Of The Crop” supported by Spooks(Curtiss A) and NNB. Fingerprints was also chosen as the first band paired with a movie in The Walker Art Centers Band and a movie in Loring Park as well as the M-80 Music Festival. The band reformed for The Mill City Music Festival in 1999.
Mike along with Blackberry Way partner and Fingerprints drummer Kevin Glynn, formed THE IDLE STRAND. With Gary Menne on bass the band released two LP’s on Blackberry Way Records. The LP’s received rave reviews in Boston Rock, Rockpool and Cash Box magazines. The LP’s were released in Europe on LINE/WARNER BROTHERS RECORDS, and garnered tons of college radio- play in the USA. As a record producer/recording engineer and session musician Mike appears on countless projects over the years. The new CD The Devil’s Doorway was recorded at Blackberry Way winter 2013.

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