Hi Greg, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey! Happy to be here! I’ve been really well. Stayin’ busy!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Love In The Rain”?
“Love In the Rain” was written during a songwriting challenge put on by Nashville Singer-songwriter Sarah Spencer, called Five in Five. You write five songs in five days. She provides a writing prompt each morning and the idea is to write quick and not edit yourself too much. I think the day that I wrote “Love In The Rain” the prompt was just a list of 10 words. I can’t remember all of them, but “rain” was definitely one. It’s interesting to me what a simple list of words can inspire.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
No. When I’m doing these challenges I generally start out in the morning and write down the list of words. Then, out to the side of each word I just quickly jot down phrases or ideas that come to mind about the word. I come back to this list later on that day and write the song. I usually just strum my guitar as I’m reading over the list and eventually an idea or story transpires. I just go from there!
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes! I’m working on one. I’d like to shoot some outside though and it’s just been so hot here in Nashville! Hopefully, I can get it done soon though.
How was the recording and writing process?
As I mentioned, the writing process was really quick. Written all in one day probably in about an hour. I did a bit of editing at some point after that but I doubt I spent much more than another hour on that.
I recorded the song with my friend Taylor Lonardo. He’s got a great home studio here in Nashville and also plays bass. We put down the drums, bass, and rhythm guitar at our friend Matt Heller’s house. Matt has an incredible set up for his drums and it’s just easier to dial in the sound there. Then, me and Taylor recorded the rest of the instruments at his studio. Taylor has a knack for recreating that kinda overdriven nineties sound that you hear on the song. I loved that he went that direction because I’m such a fan of that decade of music and had we gone a different route we could’ve ended up with a pop/country tune and I didn’t want that. The lyrics are very pop/country to me. ha
What is it about the 90s that you find so fascinating?
I was born in ’86 so I grew up in the nineties. I’m the youngest of four kids so I was listening to bands like Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and the Smashing Pumpkins at a pretty young age. I fell in love with that style of music. If I was watching TV it was generally MTV. I’d steal my brother’s Rolling Stone magazines. I couldn’t get enough of alternative rock back then!
What made you want to pay tribute to 90s and 00s young romcoms?
I don’t think I did that on purpose. It just happened to seep into this song. As a teenager in the late 90s and early 00s I was watching a lot of those movies and the writing prompt for that day just conjured up some of those old scenes. When you’re that age, I think you’re just becoming aware of some of those feelings of love/lust so you’re naturally drawn to movies that explore that.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Absolutely! I’ve got another single coming out on August 21st. It’s a ballad called “The Next 40”. You can expect some more singles this Fall/Winter. The plan is to have a full-length album out the first of next year.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Still working on the title for the full-length.
Any plans to hit the road?
Wouldn’t that be nice! Haha If it’s safe to play shows in the new year, I will definitely be getting out to some towns here in the Southeast. In the meantime, I play a FaceBook Live show every Sunday at 4 PM/CT called Sunday Sips and Songs. I’ve been doing it for over two years now and it’s one of my favorite parts of my week. I invite fans to join me for a drink and enjoy some “live” music.
What else is happening next in Greg Owens’ world?
I’m currently putting together an experience for fans called, “Love and Other Drugs”. Upon signing up the fan decides if they want to explore “love” or “other drugs”. Then, based on what they choose, every day for three days I direct them to a secret website that not only has a song that pertains to that subject, but also has, a recipe and video of me making a cocktail that is inspired by that song, lyrics to the song, and a “Behind the Song” video where I talk about the writing and recording of it. I’ve been working hard on this and I’m excited to launch very soon!