Shows in Missouri: Home of Old Sam, Big Samuel Clemens

Posted: April 15th, 2015. 0 Comments.

Samuel Clemens

Hello to my musical friends of the great state that gave us Samuel Clemens- (big thanks for that, by that way)

I will be making a few stops in your neck of the woods, and if your schedule allows, would be great to see you.

Also: any can't miss food/cafe/diner/BBQ recommendations between Osage Beach, Columbia, and Kansas City would be much appreciated!

Best, OT

Missouri Shows
Events for April 15 - 30
Apr 17
7:30 pm The Fire Room @ Picks Gallery
562 Hwy 42, Osage Beach, MO
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Doors at 6pm
Show at 7:30
Apr 18
10:00 am Lydaco Songwriting Workshop @ Unity of Columbia
1600 West Broadway, Columbia, MO
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Owen is also teaching a 3-hour songwriting workshop, "Song Farmer" earlier on April 18, from 10 am - 1 pm.  The cost is $45, and includes continental breakfast. You don't have to be a songwriter to at…
7:00 pm Lydaco Concert Series
Unity of Columbia, 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO
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Owen Temple - in concert
Saturday, April 18, 2015
1600 West Broadway
Columbia, MO
Doors open: 6:30 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15, includes coffee and desserts
Apr 19
8:00 pm Knuckleheads Saloon
2715 Rochester St, Kansas City, MO
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Acoustic show w/ Parker Millsap
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Upcoming Events for May 2015
Sat May 2 7:00 pm Private (Austin, Texas) Click to add this event to your calendar
Sun May 3 6:00 pm Magnolia Motor Lounge (3005 Morton St, Fort Worth, TX) Click to add this event to your calendar
Sat May 9 7:00 pm Private (Austin, Texas) Click to add this event to your calendar
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In Honor of Her First Lost Tooth

Posted: February 12th, 2015. 0 Comments.

A little white rectangle
loosens and wiggles until you can push it over with your tongue
then you know its job is done and it can finally take a break.
The tooth you've had in your head for six years
the very tooth you have used to pierce the skin of a thousand apples
is now resting in a plastic baggie
and your tongue can now check out the vacant spot
and feel the unfamiliar edges of the neighbor teeth
who barely know what big changes happened this morning
and you are feeling lighter, looser, more wiggly yourself
in a world where such thrilling transformations are possible.



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Cowboy Jack Clement's Ten Tips for Songwriters

Posted: February 11th, 2015. 0 Comments.

Songwriter/producer/character/storyteller "Cowboy" Jack Clement has ten tips for songwriters posted in the kitchen of his studio.

Jack produced records for Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, U2 and wrote songs recorded by George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.

He passed away in 2013, but Cowboy Jack's influence lives on in the songs, the recordings, and in this list of tips for songwriters.

Me and the band will be playing songs we wrote at Love and War in Texas in Plano on Friday night. A lot of songs have been performed at L&W, so here's the advice for songwriters from the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement that I have taken to heart:

Pineapple Jack Clement's Ten Tips For Songwriters:

  1. Remember that experts are often wrong.
  2. Experts tend to be narrow and overly opinionated.
  3. Experts don't buy records.
  4. There's nothing wrong with waltzes if they're played right.
  5. A good song gets better with age.
  6. Reveal some of yourself with most of your songs.
  7. Don't get stuck on one song too long. Work on other songs as you go.
  8. Learn to grow from setbacks, delays, and getting your feelings hurt.
  9. Write the worst song you can think of.
  10. Write the best song you can think of.
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