River & the Hill
Owen Hogan debut's his song writing skills with the 5 track EP, 'The River and The Hill.' Hailing from Northern NSW, Australia, Owen explores the love of family and his homeland with this precious blend of country, folk and blues. "Waiting for the Day" has already received widespread radio airplay and "Northern Tablelands Express" was chosen to be part of the official 2008 Tamworth Country Music Festival compilation CD. Owen was chosen as a finalist for the prestigious 2008 Toyota Star Maker in Tamworth and received recognition of his work through ABC FM radio as a finalist for the Artsnest Award 2007. The EP was recorded at Level 7 studios in Sydney and produced by Ben Thompson (Rebecca Lavelle), who also provided impressive acoustic guitar arrangements, slide guitar and mandolin playing. This extraordinary piece of work also features musicians such as Scott Hills (The Flood, Sara Storer), Hamish Stuart (Jackie Orszaczky, The Catholics) and Jamie Sullivan (Twang Baby). Owen grew up influenced by the sounds of Australian country and folk music. It was on a sheep and cattle farm in Wybong, NSW that he learnt the joys and hardships of country life. These days he lives with his family in his mother's native land - the Tweed Valley. Much of his work is inspired by his idyllic childhood and the place where he now resides. You will also see elements of jazz, rock, soul and blues in Owen's music. He learnt saxophone and clarinet from age 10 and by his early twenties went onto guitar and bass supporting and playing with such acts as Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), Matt Moffatt, Ted Mulray Gang, Mental as Anything and Johnny Green. Combined with an incredible vocal range and versatility he has evolved into an amazing entertainer. In 2004 he toured the UK and Europe and it was while on the road that Owen began to develop his love of song writing. He shares stories of past and present and is not afraid to reveal his true emotions through the music. Since the 90's Owen has performed all over Australia and he recently played the 2008 Tamworth Country Music Festival where he endeared himself to many listeners with his infectious melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Not just satisfied with writing and playing music, Owen also completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music at Southern Cross University in November 2007. He was fortunate to study with Australian composer and producer Peter Martin along with Professor Michael Hannan.