About Richie



Richie Owens can’t help who he is!! The man was born into a family whose lineage has pre-determined his path in life. How far do you want to go back? How about the American Civil War? The true story of “Cold Mountain” (movie) is a good start. The fiddle player portrayed and killed in the movie is George Grooms. George was shot with his brother, Henry by Captain Teague’s Raiders, after playing “Bonaparte’s Retreat”. Henry Grooms is the Great–Great-Great Grandfather of Richie Owens. After the American Civil War, Richie’s family moved from North Carolina into the Madison and Cocke County area of Tennessee. The lives of this Tennessee family are just as colorful with occupations ranging from moonshining, share cropping, and preaching the Gospel, all the while playing and writing classic mountain music. Richie’s grandfather wrote songs for Kitty Wells. Richie was born the son of Louis and Colleen Owens, half raised in the Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee. As a child, one of Richie’s early experiences was singing and playing on the radio at the age of 8! Another early experience was playing on The Ralph Emery Morning Show in Nashville and as a teen backing Joe and Rose Lee Maphis, and Leon Russell. As a young man Richie went to work in the Shobud guitar factory. The owner, Shot Jackson, was a friend of the Owens Family. The guitar building and design bug took hold as Richie went on to work for Dobro. Richie has built Resonators for Ron Wood, Sonny Landreth, and Jerry Douglas. Richie later built his own “Owens Guitars” for folks like Niles Lofgren (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young), and Bob Weir (Grateful Dead). Washburn guitars were so impressed with Richie that they created his own signature model mandolin and signature resonator guitar model which he currently plays. Richie’s talent doesn’t stop there. He has an incredible ear in the studio also. Richie’s studio credits include engineering The Georgia Satellites platinum and gold records,to producing Dolly Parton’s “Hungry Again” on Decca Records. Richie has also engineered for Jason and The Scorchers, Vince Gill, Michael Stipe (REM), Social Distortion, and The Bangles. Richie has spent a big portion of his life in the background as a band member for Dolly Parton. Dolly has always been a fan and supporter of Richie and his music. Richie’s ideas of music and playing throughout his life have led him to his current project, ”Richie Owens and The Farm Bureau”. The Farm Bureau has turned out to be the perfect outlet for his rich blend of mountain/country/bluegrass/rock music. Richie has been able to write the music that will define his life and at the same time pay homage to his fore fathers’ heritage.   
FARMHANDS UNITE!!!!