Review: Owen Temple “Dollars And Dimes”

Owen Temple has created a Texas country masterwork with "Dollars And Dimes." This gritty concept album comprised of eleven songs is perfectly tuned to the tough economic times facing Americans today.

The success of "Dollars And Dimes" is due in large part to the perfect, low key vocal performance of Temple combined with masterful lyrics reminiscent of the best songs of Chris Knight. Indeed, Owen Temple is the working man's Tom Petty.

The best three songs on the album are the first track "Broken Heart Land," the reflective "Golden Age" and the melodic "Black Diamond." In particular, "Broken Heart Land" has all the ingredients for a Texas country chart hit with brilliant lyrics and a memorable melody.

The rockin' "I Don't Want To Do What I Do" is the biggest surprise of the album, and it shows the harder edge of Owen Temple that will be a popular at live concerts. "City Of The King" also has radio chart potential that successfully blends a bluesy vibe with Texas country. The title track "Dollars And Dimes" and the final cut "Winnipeg Waltz" also deserve special attention and offer heartfelt lyrics.

As a concept album, Owen Temple has hit the ball out of the park, because "Dollars And Dimes" is an album that is both socially and musically relevant. It deserves a prominent place in the music collection of anyone who appreciates quality Americana, Folk or Texas country music. With an album this good, Owen Temple deserves to make enough "dollars and dimes" to allow him to continue making music for the next few decades or so.