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    Owen Beverly

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    1Candelabra lyrics
    2Drunk Lover lyrics
    3For Mia lyrics
    4Stillborn lyrics
    5Absalom lyrics
    6Levanway lyrics
    7Love On Your Own Terms lyrics
    8Inside lyrics

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    1The Drunk Lover EP [2003]


    Singer/songwriter Owen Beverly has just put the finishing touches on his debut, "the drunk lover EP". Recorded over the course of two weeks at Tree Sound in Atlanta with producer Rick Beato at the helm, "the drunk lover EP" is a collection of six songs about love, loss, self-discovery, and alienation delivered with literary eloquence, and a near ecclesiastic reverence to the craft of songwriting - something most music theorists often have trouble with.

    Hailing from Jackson, Miss., Beverly arrived in Charleston, SC, to attend the College of Charleston on a partial scholarship for Jazz Guitar in the year 2000. Somehow he was able to complete his BA in Music in a scant three years while maintaining a fairly vigorous touring schedule.

    But, then again, the young guitar phenomenon is incredibly focused, and committed to the processes of learning - both academically and personally. Along that path of learning and self-discovery he has matured far beyond his 21 years. He's remarkably level headed, and contemplative. And as he was contemplating his career in music he knew that he wanted to have his parent's endorsement, which is what he was ultimately seeking by finishing school early.

    "We had set up this plan so that I could finish my degree early so we could have my parents on my side while I was starting out on this music career," says Beverly. "My thinking was that they would help me out with the record with the leftover money that they had saved in tuition." It worked, and with that money Beverly headed into the studio. But the focus on finishing school early didn't come without a price.

    "I was totally stressed out because I couldn't find the time, and nothing was flowing," he says. "I knew this summer we were going to go into the studio to record either a full length, or an EP. I gave myself a year to write all the songs for it. But, come June, I didn't have a thing written - not a single song. School was totally kicking my ass. I mean, I was in a sad state. No one ever saw me out at that point. I didn't think I was going to make it. School was easy. I knew that I would finish that, but I was real worried that I wouldn't have any new songs."

    In fact, the lack of new material finally became a real concern as time neared to enter the studio. "Honestly, I'm really surprised I got through it," he admits. "I had writer's block. I really didn't write anything for about a year. 'Inside' is the only older song that is in this batch of songs. I wrote that one and I didn't finish another song until I wrote 'Drunk Lover' in June. So, it was over a year since I had written anything."

    Having broken through his writer's block with "Drunk Lover," the songs seemed to burst forth from his guitar, and were reflective of something new. "I felt that it had been so long since I had written my last song that it needed to be representative of a big departure, and a step into a different direction," he says. "I had spent so much time when I was trying to write this stuff that I was really trying to find a new type of language to write in. I was tired of the unrequited love - kind of the very expected, flowing, melodic ideas. I wanted to do something that made me search and deliver an honest portrayal of who I am now. It turned out to be a lot darker, and a lot weirder than what I think everyone was expecting."

    Defying expectations is what Beverly is increasingly become adept at doing. But as he does this he is still asking himself one very basic question: Why is he a musician?

    "The answer to that question - for anyone - is bound to change a lot," he says. "Especially when you're trying to establish yourself, because you're constantly conjuring justifications, and, perhaps, romanticizing things a little bit to make sure you're going along with something that is part of a long story. You can ask a musician why they started to play music, and they could say, 'I felt this incredible relationship with music blah, blah, blah.' And the next month it would be something else. For me, why I started playing music is a question that I continually ask myself. And that is what sustains me as a songwriter, and as a musician -trying to answer that question."

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