Who Is Bobby Joe Owens?
Bobby Joe Owens is a new age Renaissance Man. Best known as a Singer/Songwriter and Band Leader/Front Man for the band Retro Deluxe, Bobby Joe is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a father, inventor, artist, entrepreneur, restaurateur, philanthropist, producer, innovator and so much more. Bobby Joe didn't start singing until 2006 and since 2008, he has written over 70 songs under his alter ego Robert J. Thompson and has recorded five (5) albums with local, regional, national and internationally recognized musicians including Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers, Buddy Guy, Tri-State Coalition, etc.), Grammy Award Winner Billy Earheart (The Amazing Rythym Aces, Hank Williams, Jr., etc), Marty MacMillan (Blue Plate Special, Retro Deluxe, MacMillan Guitars) and Guitarist Zach Sweeney (Wayne "The Train" Hancock, Lucky Tubb, Retro Deluxe, etc.)!
Bobby Joe Owens has been called garrulous, pugnacious, legendary, boozy, seductive and whatnot. Call him what you want, but his songs are infectious, his vocal stylings are unique and his passion, energy and love for his music are ever-present.
Retro Deluxe is Bobby Joe’s versatile and talented band based out of Bowie, MD. The band’s current lineup includes Mike Mautino (Drums), Miles Long (Standup & Electric Bass), Carl Cimino (Keyboards) and Joe Goltz (Guitar). Their repertoire includes originals and covers in the genres of country, rockabilly, blues, rock, R&B and oldies. It’s always party when Bobby Joe and the boys of Retro Deluxe come to town!
He’s done clowning around! The larger-than-life Bobby Joe Owens has done it again with his new release, Honky Tonk Clown! Honky Tonk Clown was recorded live at the Historic Old Bowie Town Grille (Bowie, MD) with his band Retro Deluxe and includes 15 all-new, original songs with all but one penned by his alter ego Robert J. Thompson. The songs range from traditional and outlaw country to rockabilly to blues to hippy rock and even gospel. Each listener will find his or her favorites out of this diverse collection.
“This album was recorded live at the Historic Old Bowie Town Grille (Bowie, MD) over the weekend of August 14th and 15th of 2015 in front of a live audience. The audience was asked to hold their enthusiasm until each take was complete and alcohol was added to loosen things up. We are a live show band and wanted this album to capture what it’s like to experience one of our shows. A number of special commentary tracks were included because you never know what’s going to happen in between songs. We laugh, we cry, we drink, we carry on, we tell stupid jokes and we love all of our friends and family who support us at our shows and online. Thanks so much to everyone who came out and participated in this very special live recording! It’s all about the love!
Bobby Joe Owens”