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If multi-instrumentalist, globe-trotting bluegrass ambassador Andy Owens had a single-word on his business card above his telephone number and email address, it would read: “Adventurer.” This is how Andy Owens does things—with an adventurous, contagiously enthusiastic spirit. In addition to multi-faceted musical talents (he sings, writes songs, produces & engineers, builds & repairs instruments, and plays mandolin, banjo, guitar, fiddle, bass, Dobro and pedal steel), Owens is committed to taking bluegrass music literally around the world, with performances in 34 different countries, so far.
Andy has three albums of original bluegrass music to his credit, recorded in the ‘90s for the Real Records label: Kerosene Circuit (1992), which includes all-star cast Sam Bush, Start Duncan, Jerry Douglas, David Grier, Alan O’Bryant & Terry Eldredge; Real Music (1994); and One Eye Open (1997).
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Andy has either been leading or playing in bluegrass bands since 1975. Past credits include The Fredonia Rebellion, The Foves, Danger in the Air, Killbilly and The Andy Owens Project, in addition to his current appearances with Czech bluegrass superstars, Druha Trava. He also served on the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Board of Directors from 1991-2000 as an Artist & Composers rep, with the last years in the Vice-Chair and Chairperson seats, and served two terms on the International Bluegrass Music Museum Board of Trustees, including a stint as Vice-Chairperson.