Details are sketchy and sources disagree as to the whozits and wherefores
of the young Mr. Owen. Mr. Owen for his part isn’t speaking. There
are reports that he was born at St Blaise’s Hospice and Sanitarium
-- an Elmurst, Illinois, institution named after the patron saint of sore
throats. There are also reports that he first trod before the footlights
in the basement cafeteria of a local Catholic Church. The debut is said
to have ended abruptly when pyrotechnics set off by the band tripped the
sprinkler system and soaked the masses. None of this can be confirmed.
Muddled early years aside, Owen made his way to California by way of Arizona,
and in 1994 released “Bottomless Joe”. Featuring
tuba together with fiddle and mandolin, it was “alt-country”
before anyone had bothered to coin the term. 1998’s "Quality
Used Parts" continued the thematic blend of Drinking, Driving
and Death which had established Steve as a force to be dealt with (generally
by the local constables) on the national touring circuit. Since the mid-90’s
Steve has played in over 30 states and toured the country a dozen times.
In 2001 Steve released “ ... like an Atheist in Nashville,”
his inaugural album for the Ethic Recordings Label. The CD shows him progressing
from simple murder and beer ballads to ditties detailing the exploits
of serial killers and drunken circus clowns.
2004 sees the release Steve's 4th CD "the Turlock 2".