With a personal, acoustic front supported by a rocker-at-heart backdrop, Owen Pye's music connects with listeners. The tagline on his website is "indie/folk for your soul"-an accurate description of the singer-songwriter and indie-rocker.
In one of his songs, suitably titled "Success," Pye sings, "You don't have to live up to each other's preset standards." In another song, he describes one source of his own success: "persistency has always opened great doors for me." Pye pairs his lyrics with an emotional vocal performance and skillful guitar playing, transporting listeners into his thoughts and feelings.
Seven years of hard work and roughly 350 shows have paid off-in 2012, Pye signed with Slospeak Records. He released his third full-length album "The Truth About Man" in February 2011. Pye maintains a consistent touring schedule, playing a variety of venues.
What topics do you think are most prevalent in your songs? Why do you think this is?
My walk with God and with my wife. These two things affect every part of me, so they are quite inseparable.
Have there been certain venues that you've not played because of your beliefs?
Honestly, no. I figure even if we blatantly disagreed, they are still giving me an uninterrupted platform for X amount of minutes to state my case and share my story. There was one place that Planned Parenthood showed up midway through. I didn't want to be there at that point as they passed condoms out to the 14 and 15 year olds. But I stayed and talked to the kids till the venue closed.
What was your worst experience performing at a show?
Do I have to pick just one? lol. JK. Probably Easter 2008, San Antonio. I was starting to catch a cold and bought some drowsy medicine. Took the normal dose and then some. I didn't realize it, but after the pulling over and sleeping for hours in the middle of the day, I put it together. Upon waking, I went to the venue, which I saw had been boarded up and shut down weeks before. The promoter just forgot to tell me. So I finished my nap in the parking lot and scrambled on to the next city. All the while wondering why I was wasting Easter in this fashion.
What's in your refrigerator?
Milk, carrots, salad, Pabst Blue Ribbon (a brand of beer) among other things.
What's happening for Owen Pye in 2012?
Finishing writing this record and getting in the studio. There are other big plans to come after that, but I don't want to get one foot too far ahead of my other foot. I've never ended an interview with the word "foot."