Will Owen Gage Trio / Press

“Opened For :.... Stephen Stills, Lynard Skynard, Leon Russell, Peter Frampton, Jerry LaCroix, Dick Dale, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Three Dog Night, Lee Roy Parnell, Pinetop Perkins, W.C. Clark, Delbert McClinton, Smokin' Joe Kubek, Guy Clark, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Jack Ingram, Reckless Kelly, Los Super 7........ Played With :..... Stephen Stills, Steve Miller, HoneyBoy Edwards, Lee Roy Parnell, Rob Roy Parnell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Tim Krekel, Alan Rhody, Flaco Jimenez, Roger Creager, Marc Benno, Lucky Tubb, The Dust Devils”


"Jack Parker told me that he had a chance to speak with [W.C.] Clark later in the evening and that the blues titan told him, “You have to understand, I don’t put my guitar down for anybody, not since Stevie Ray.” "The kid is great, the same way that Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and B.B. King are great. The sky’s the limit for Will and hopefully, we’ll get to see lots more of him locally as he progresses down the road of his career. Enough said."

"It’s quite possible that history was made at the Hill Country Opry last Saturday, when blues legend W.C. Clark shared the bill and the stage with young Will Owen-Gage in a show that probably will have those lucky enough to have attended talking about it for years to come." "By all accounts, Will was initiated by W.C. into blues greatness — and if anyone has the right to make that distinction, it’s Clark." My timing was excellent. When I walked into the Opry, Will was deep into his extended set and James Harvey of the Opry was whispering something into the ear of Will’s bass player. Then something extraordinary happened. Will’s bassist left the stage and W.C. Clark was introduced. I was shocked by what came next. Clark, one of the preeminent blues guitarists on the planet, picked up the bass — PICKED UP THE BASS!!! Anyone familiar with Clark’s career knows that the last time W.C. had played a supporting position, the lead guitarist was named Stevie Ray Vaughan."

"Guitarist Will Owen-Gage, a 15-year-old virtuoso in the mold of the late Texas guitar hero Stevie Ray Vaughan, picked up a battered Ovation acoustic guitar and started playing the Jimi Hendrix blues "Red House." George Yepes, the mastermind behind a multidisciplinary arts project he calls the "Art Dacha," which has brought all these people together, signals his approval with an eyebrow-lifting grin that appeared to cue the passionate spotlight of the South Texas sun as it eviscerated the mist and, like a theatrical set change, revealed a new backdrop of a cloudless, translucent blue sky. Yepes calls the studio where he works through the night to the accompaniment of Hendrix tapes "the Red House." "There's a red house over yonder, that's where my baby stays," Owen-Gage sings as a ray of sunlight pings off of the heavy gauge metal bass string of his guitar. He let the line fade into the air then bent his top string all the way up the fretboard for a stinging, sustained blues note."

"When I first heard Will Owen-Gage in 2005, he was so good it was scary. The guitar whiz was all of 17 years old. But be played his Stratocaster with the skill of 37 and the wisdom of 77." "With many musicians, you detect patterns, riffs, cliched licks they use over and over. Give Owen-Gage five breaks in one blues song and he jumps on every one, playing something totally different each time. Every note is unexpected; yet every note is exactly right." "Just as he is always ready to step up for a lead, he knows how to back up and give someone else the stage - a trait rare even in more seasoned players." "In the middle of one Roots concert, it started to drizzle. Out came the sheets of plastic to cover the amps. After 40 minutes of waiting, Owen-Gage had had enough. He ripped off the plastic, plugged in his guitar, and said, "Let's play some music."