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Pump It Up by Elvis Costello – Modern Song #2

By owentemple | October 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Pump It Up by Elvis Costello – Modern Song #2

The new book by Bob Dylan is The Philosophy of Modern Song – essays on 65 songs he admires. I’m gonna listen/revisit one a day, and today I am listening to Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up”. Here’s the list from the Table of Contents and a playlist on Spotify if you’d like to play along- […]

Detroit City by Bobby Bare – Modern Song #1

By owentemple | October 20, 2022 | Comments Off on Detroit City by Bobby Bare – Modern Song #1

New book by Bob Dyland is The Philosophy of Modern Song – essays on 65 songs he admires. The next 65 days I’m gonna listen/revisit one a day starting today with ‘Detroit City’ by Bobby Bare. Listening to ‘Detroit City’ reminds me that probably a quarter of all the country/Americana/folk songs ever written are about […]

The Ballad of Citizens at Last

By owentemple | August 16, 2022 | Comments Off on The Ballad of Citizens at Last

I am inspired by stories about people who lived remarkable lives and overcame immense challenges to survive, thrive, and make the world a better place for the people around them. On previous albums, my co-writers and I have written songs about Cabeza de Vaca, Sam Houston, Lyndon Johnson, and now we have written a song […]

Gold Standard

By owentemple | July 22, 2022 | Comments Off on Gold Standard

My friend Kelley Mickwee has released a brilliant recording of a song we wrote together called “Gold Standard.” We wrote it thinking about how if two people spend enough time together, they might wake up one day to find that they’re “an item” – a couple. And if the match looks good enough to the […]

True Beautiful Thing

By owentemple | April 12, 2020 | Comments Off on True Beautiful Thing

Happy Easter y’all. Though we’re practicing physical distancing, we are closer together today, thanks to an online recording collaboration that brought this song I wrote with Walt Wilkins to life. Hear the song at https://www.waltwilkins.com/ and below- Thanks and peace to Tina Wilkins, Corby Craig Schaub, Bill Small, Bart deWin, Ray Rodriguez, Ron Flynt, Jimmy Davis and Walt […]

Band of Heathens New Video for “Trouble Came Early”

By owentemple | March 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Band of Heathens New Video for “Trouble Came Early”

I love this new video the Band of Heathens did for a song that Gordy and I wrote together called “Trouble Came Early.” Recorded at several live performances, it shows off the band’s blistering version of this song that was released on their new album (details below). Thanks to Rolling Stone for the coverage of […]