The self-titled, full-length debut album from Bones Owens is a selection of songs both gloriously gritty and euphoric.
In a bold departure from the moody Americana of his EP's Hurt No One and Make Me No King, the Missouri-bred musician’s first release with Thirty Tigers delivers a sound deeply inspired by ’60s garage-rock, Hill Country blues, and the swampy roots-rock of bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival. Bones Owens arrives as a full-tilt expression of Owens’ wildest impulses, all swinging rhythms, and swaggering riffs. The album came to life at The Smoakstack in Owens’ adopted hometown of Nashville. With production from studio owner Paul Moak— five-time Grammy Award nominee—the album finds Owens joining forces with drummer Julian Dorio (Eagles of Death Metal, The Whigs) and bassist Jonathan Draper (All Them Witches), recording live to tape and infusing each track with a frenetic vitality. With Bones Owens written in the pre-pandemic days, Owens hopes that the album’s unbridled spirit might provide some much-needed uplift to his audience. “When I made this record, I obviously had no idea that the world was going to be so completely changed by the time it came out,” he says. “This record for me was about a transformative time in my life. It was about loss and pain, but also about love and finding a way out of a dark time. I feel like these are all emotions and sentiments I find myself connected to just as much now as when they were written.”