Gwilym Emyr Owen III

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Gwil Owen
Birth name Gwilym Emyr Owen III
Born July 24, 1960
Syracuse, New York
Genres Alternative country
Rock music
Folk music
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1980s-present
Labels Rambler Records
Associated acts Toni Price
Allison Moorer
Kevin Gordon

Gwilym "Gwil" Emyr Owen III (born July 24, 1960 in Syracuse, New York) is an American singer/songwriter of Welsh heritage.


Gwil attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio but did not graduate. He moved to Nashville in 1983 and formed the band The Thieves, which recorded the album "Seduced by Money" for Bug/Capitol Records in 1988.[1]

Since then, he has performed as a solo singer/songwriter, and his songs have been covered by Toni Price, Irma Thomas and Jack Ingram, among others.[2][3][4]

His song “Deuce and a Quarter” (co-written with Kevin Gordon) was recorded by Keith Richard and Levon Helm for the album "All The Kings Men."[1]

He was an Academy Award nominee in 1999 for "A Soft Place to Fall" (co-written with Allison Moorer) from the Robert Redford movie The Horse Whisperer.[1]

Gwil is also the co-owner of Howlin' Books in Nashville and a noted visual collage artist.[5]


Gwil Owen[edit]

  • 1999: Magnetic Heaven (EWE)
  • 2008: Gravy (Rambler Records)
  • 2010: Ahab's Birthday (Rambler Records)
  • 2016: Tiny Birds EP (Rambler Records)

The Thieves[edit]

  • 1988: Seduced by Money (Bug C1-91153)


  1. ^ a b c Finlin, Jeff. "Artist in Profile: Gwil Owen". The East Nashvillian. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Moser, Margaret (21 November 2003). "Toni Price: Born to Be Blue". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Caligiuri, Jim (26 May 2006). "Irma Thomas record review: After the Rain". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Caligiuri, Jim (7 June 2002). "Texas Platters: Jack Ingram". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Nolan, Joe (27 June 2014). "Gwil Owen Gets Pieced-Together at Belcourt". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 

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