R.I.P. Athens Musician Allen Owens

Allen Owens, a longtime Athens rock guitarist and friendly music-scene fixture known for his work with bands such as Pride Parade, Kinky Waikiki and Powerload, has passed away, according to posts on social media.

In addition to his presence on the live scene, Owens taught guitar to many budding local musicians, having also worked as an instructor in Nuci’s Space’s Camp Amped program.  

Tributes have started pouring in on Owens’ Facebook page from friends and fellow musicians:

Reading the news yesterday about my old friend, Allen Owens, I was shocked and saddened beyond words. I had the good…

Posted by Fred Adams on Monday, March 21, 2016

I’m shocked and so saddened and just finding out about this. Allen Owens is such an influential part of our community….

Posted by Sienna Chandler on Sunday, March 20, 2016

Some of you may remember a short-lived band from a few years ago called National Anthem containing Allen, Brent, Tim,…

Posted by Jace Anselem Bartet on Sunday, March 20, 2016

We’ve lost a member of the Musician’s Warehouse family today. All of Athens has lost a member of their family. I’ve only…

Posted by Alex McCarthy on Monday, March 21, 2016

What a sad sad day. Allen Owens, I will never forget.

Posted by Jay Rodgers on Monday, March 21, 2016

I met Allen Owens 6-7 years ago while in bumming around Athens after a show with some folks. Not to long after that…

Posted by Michael Patrick Keenan Jr. on Monday, March 21, 2016

Flagpole‘s thoughts are with Owens’ friends and family.

Our Gordon Lamb will have more information on the guitarist’s passing in next week’s Threats & Promises. Those wishing to send a short tribute or remembrance are encouraged to do so by emailing 


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