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Dollars and Dimes

Owen TempleAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 9, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: El Paisano Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Playing off North America's regions, travel album delivers concept richly" --Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Sun-Times

"Texas born and bred singer/songwriter Owen Temple is a country artist, but like Townes Van Zandt, another Texas songwriter he's often been compared to, Temple is as much folk as country, with a finely honed lyrical sense, a wry sense of humor, and a knack for blending melancholy melodies with ingenious wordplay that can conceal as much as it reveals... his ability to deliver telling insights without resorting to clichés or obvious images marks him as an original voice." --J. Poet, All Music Guide

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Dollars and Dimes, the fifth studio record from Austin, Texas-based songwriter Owen Temple, is a collection of eleven songs about people making their way through hard times in the different regions of North America.

The project includes songs written by Owen Temple and co-writes with Adam Carroll, Gordy Quist (of the Band of Heathens), Scott Nolan and others.

A concept album focused on regional incarnations of continent-wide drama, Dollars and Dimes was produced by multi-instrumentalist Gabe Rhodes (Billy Joe Shaver, Kimmie Rhodes).

Produced by Gabriel Rhodes

OWEN TEMPLE Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
GABRIEL RHODES Acoustic Guitar, High Strung Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukelele, Pump Organ, Piano
WILL SEXTON Bass, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
HUNT SALES Drums, Percussion, Electric Guitar

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Austinite Owen Temple takes inspiration for his fifth album from his extensive travels as a touring musician, and from Joel Garreau's book The Nine Nations of North America. Garraeu argues that national and state borders are mere geographical lines that fail to surround populations of like interests and lives. He proposes nine regions, such as Ecotopia (the northwest coast), Breadbasket (the midwest US and Canada), and Foundry (the industrial northeast) that are held together by shared economic interests and cultural beliefs. He asserts that what people do (or, in the current recession, don't do) defines their common character more clearly than borders drawn from rivers or arbitrary surveyor's marks.

Temple explores this idea in a set of songs drawn from impressions or observations of these regions, from the rusting industrial dreams of "Broken Heart Land," through the vast emptiness of "Black Diamond" and the title track's study of the migrations that built and sustain America. He examines the social mobility that's led many to wander rootlessly from metropolis to metropolis, often draining into the artificial oasis of Southern California ("Los Angeles is the city of the future, and it's coming to get you"). He draws sharp portraits of working people whose labors are for "making a life, not just a living," as well as those sick of their daily grind. It's not as dark as Slaid Cleaves' Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away, but stands on the same observational singer-songwriter ground.
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