Sunday, May 2, 2010

Will Owsley dies at age 44

Will Owsley died at Williamson County Hospital in Franklin, Tenn., around midday Friday. He was 44.

A musician since he was a teenager, Owsley had 10 gold records and had toured the world three times with various top-name bands.

Owsley was Amy Grant’s touring guitarist for 16 years, and his own music veered into edgier, power-pop terrains. He was nominated for a Grammy award for his engineering work on 1999 solo debut album Owsley, released through Giant Records. Owsley performed with Shania Twain on numerous national television shows and awards programs. A second album, called The Hard Way, was Owsley’s own creation in a studio he built in his home in Franklin, Tenn.