Hailing from the northern gulf coast of Florida, The Owsley Brothers began as the bedroom recording project of multi-instrumentalist J.E. Reynolds. Armed with a cheap guitar, makeshift drum kit and an 8-track recorder, Reynolds crafted last year’s (2011) critically-acclaimed EP, Pure Lust. Within a few months, his unique blend of lo-fi scuzzed-out blues guitar, combining with his utterly unique vocal twang attracted much attention and glowing reviews from blog community stalwarts My Old Kentucky Blog, Aquariaum Drunkard, Rollo & Grady, and Some Velvet Blog. Their songs are currently getting attention and being played on Sirius/XMU, KEXP 90.3 Seattle, and KXLU 88.9 Los Angeles. Morphing into a three piece over the course of the year, the lineup consisted of Reynolds on guitar/vocals, Brian Wise on second guitar, and John Talley on drums. Gaining attention of festival organizers over the course of the past year, the Owsley Brothers played Do512 Lounge Session at SXSW, creating a buzz around Austin, and acquiring a handful of private gigs during the course of the weekend. A full length album was recorded, entitled Cobalt, which seemed to solidify the Owsley Brothers’ sound: the earthy grit of garage rock coupled with the jainky jolt of the hill country blues, and crowned with Reynold’s high and mighty vocal twang. All of these styles combine to make this one of the most uniquely arresting releases this year. Since then, the Owsley Brothers have replaced their drummer with heavy hitter John Reinlie, in addition to they’re incesent touring, several of the group’s tracks have been lisenced for use by Quicksilver, Fox Motorsports, DC shoes for national Ad Campaigns, As well as placements in Showtimes’s “Shameless” ,FX’s “The League” & ABC’s “Revenge” . With more placements & festivals lined-up for 2013, everything seems to have fallen in the right place.
J.E. Reynolds – Guitar, noise, Vocal’s
B. Wise – Guitar
John Rienlie – Drums, Junkyard Precussion
Zion Cochran – Keys