About

Artist Name

Michael Owens

Genres

Rock

Location

Mound Minnesota USA

Biography

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.

Background

Founding member of TWIN/TONE recording artist FINGERPRINTS…Founded BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDING STUDIOS & BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDS…Songwriter,Music Producer, Engineer and musician.

Fact Sheet

BLACKBERRY WAY was formed in 1974 with an eye toward recording emerging Minneapolis rock bands. The studio evolved into a 24 track facility, dedicated to music and hosting over two dozen recording groups a year. If the walls could talk, they would tell stories of the SUBURBS recording IN COMBO as well as most of their Twin/Tone recordings, the first HUSKER DU record, SOUL ASYLUM and of course THE REPLACEMENTS. Most of THE REPLACEMENTS early work was recorded at BLACKBERRY WAY including the critically acclaimed LP LET IT BE. In the Nov 16th 1989 issue THE 100 Greatest Albums of the 80’s,ROLLING STONE named LET IT BE the 15th most important album of the decade. Peter Gabriel was 14th and Prince was 16th. The album featured Peter Buck of REM playing on the single I WILL DARE. The pre-production of PLEASED TO MEET ME was done at BLACKBERRY WAY for SIRE/WARNER BROTHERS as well as the promotional interview with PAUL WESTERBERG for radio stations across the nation. THE REPLACEMENTS have been nominated in 2013 to THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME!

MIX MAGAZINE calls BLACKBERRY WAY ” a haven for pop rock bands.” The truth is we recorded all styles of music. Heavy metal band HURRICANE ALICE recorded an album that led to a signing at ATLANTIC RECORDS. Country band LIVE’N KICKING also recorded an album that led to a deal with WARNER BROTHERS and a GRAMMY NOMINATION. TETE NOIRE did a recording that led to a signing with ROUNDER RECORDS.Producer ROB STEVENS(Lennon,Red hot Chili Peppers and Herbie Hancock) produced a major label demo for FUN HOUSE and was very impressed with the sound at BLACKBERRY WAY. BOBBY Z, late of PRINCE’S REVOLUTION, produced tracks for TRIP SHAKESPEARE that led to a signing with A&M RECORDS. British producer CLIFF DAVIES (Ted Nugent) produced an album for local great BARRY GOLDBERG, a fun week indeed! Also included on the client list THE TRASHMEN, THE CASTAWAYS, THE SUICIDE COMMANDOS, A&M RECORDS,JIMI DESTRI of BLONDIE and GRAMMY AWARD winner JOHN MADOCK….and many more.

BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDING STUDIOS lives on to this day producing music for bands on the label as well as working with outside clients.

In the early 1980’s BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDS was formed. Owners/producers Mike Owens & Kevin Glynn produced several critically acclaimed albums for the label.SWING SET was called “Pop Stalwarts’ by BILLBOARD,”Pop Album of the Year” by MPLS/ST.PAUL MAGAZINE and “Worth two or three million spins around the block” by ALBUM NETWORK. MUSICIAN MAGAZINE called the TOM BRIGHT LP “A top ten record.” THE OH’S(Flamin’ Oh’s) PAINT THE SKY was a BILLBOARD recommended record. IDIOT SAVANT and Mike & Kevins band THE IDLE STRAND garnered college radio airplay across the Nation and rave reviews from ROCKPOOL,BOSTON ROCK MAGAZINE, CMJ & US ROCK to name a few. BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDS carries on today with new releases as well as planned reissues of some of the most historically important music from the MPLS/STPAUL area.

Founded In 1974 By Michael Owens, Kevin Glynn & Steve Fjelstad.
– See more at: http://www.blackberrywayrecords.com/about/#sthash.IyVa7Z7q.dpuf

Discography

Discography

Fingerprints EP TWIN/TONE RECORDS FINGERPRINTS SMILES FOR SALE TWIN/TONE RECORDS FINGERPRINTS DOWN TWIN/TONE RECORDS BIG HITS OF THE MIDWEST TWIN TONE RECORDS THE IDLE STRAND CUT & RUN BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDS MINI HITS OF MPLS VOL 1 BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDS MINI HITS OF MPLS VOL 2 BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDS THE IDLE STRAND BLACKBERRY WAY MICHAEL OWENS THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDS

Press

Press Quotes

“The layered vocals again snatch clear win” “The guitar solo is an absolute beauty” “The piano playing is top class” SAMUEL MERIGALA MUSICPERK http://www.musicperk.com/music-review-the-devils-doorway-michael-owens/ “I’ve spent a lot of time with THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY and I must say I am very impressed” PETER JESPERSON NEW WEST RECORDS “The music guides you into a Bob Dylan like performance when the vocals start up” KENDRA BELTRAN INDIE MUSIC REVIEWS http://www.indiemusicreviews.net/michael-owens-the-devils-doorway/

Press Releases

MICHAEL OWENS/THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY, May 16, 2014

MICHAEL OWENS/THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY, May 16, 2014
October 01, 2014

MICHAEL OWENS/THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY is an eclectic blend of Blues, Rock, Americana and a bit of Country. Guitar-driven songs influenced by 60’s & 70’s Pop- yet very original. Michael Owens was the featured artist of the week June7th Through June 13th on Tom Lamberts INDEPENDENT MUSIC SHOW in the UK. The station is syndicated on over 200 Radio stations around the world. We are also getting airplay on San Francisco’s Select World Wide All Star Radio, 87.6- Madrid Spain, Rock & Roll Psychic Radio- Ohio,Woods Hit Radio- Trinadad, What’s Up Radio Show- Canada, EGH Radio, Cairnes FM 89.1- Australia, iTunes listed station Woody Radio, Hound Dog Radio- Savannah, WCPR- Charleston, WMSE Zero Radio Hour and have been inducted into THE RADIO JOHNBC INDIE ARTIST HALL OF FAME in the UK. A video of the song HERE COMES A MADMAN is available for viewing on THE TELICIDE CHANNEL as well as on our VIDEOS page.

October 01, 2014

KAOS 89.3 FM Olympia Washington just added THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY to their playlist!

October 01, 2014

BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDS just inked a deal with the legendary CANADIAN AMERICAN RECORDS owned by Joey Welz, pianist from BILL HALEY and THE COMETS, to release two singles from the CD MICHAEL OWENS/THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY. The songs will be part of the upcoming WORLDWIDE RADIO SINGLES CD RELEASE in JAN 2015. The CD will be distributed to over 8500 radio stations around the world as well as shopped at the MIDEM CONVENTION in Cannes France for foreign licensing deals.

Some of the famous artists on CANADIAN AMERICAN RECORDS are: PAUL SIMOM, LINK WRAY, SARAH VAUGHN, THE 4 TOPS, THE BELMONTS, SANTO and JOHNNY and BILL HALEY’S COMETS.
– See more at: http://www.blackberrywayrecords.com/reviews__news/#sthash.JAxOLPYa.dpuf

Videos

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http://youtu.be/EovoiLk41_Y

Video Player URL 2

http://youtu.be/dY8CTkni2mw

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http://youtu.be/WkDz9UXk2Wk

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