Owen Riegling has been picking away at the guitar since he was eleven years old. Growing up on a 100-acre farm outside of Mildmay, Ontario, Owen’s childhood consisted of  playing hockey and riding dirt bikes. It wasn’t until his late teenage years he started to visualize life as a musician. Country music didn’t really cross his radar until it hit the mainstream. If you ask, he remembers listening to rock music, and popping the Best of Steve Miller Band into his walkman. It was Eric Church and Tyler Childers that captured Owen’s attention. It was from artists like these that he learned he could bring together the elements of both rock and outlaw country that he loved, and give them a modern spin that would resonate with listeners today.


Owen’s first performance as a guitar player was with his guitar teacher’s band, and that is where he fell in love with the idea of being a performer. He could be found at school events busting out his covers of his favourite Eric Church hits.  After a first kick at college for business, Owen pursued his passion and went through Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology for Music Production. He learned the ins and outs of putting together a record and  spent days in the studio, learning everything he could about audio equipment and tools of the trade. It was his final project that would make a name for him, and not just in his hometown. This final project would turn out to be his debut single; a moody, gritty country track titled “Smoke Man”, which introduced him to the industry as an upcoming artist to watch. 

“Smoke Man” is cool, you can interpret it in a number of ways, and if you ask Owen today, he really doesn’t know what it’s about anymore. “Smoke Man” was just the first track that would come with the initial chapter of his music. He delivered his debut EP, Empty Room in 2020, which encompassed a collection of songs that would continue to balance influences from outlaw country and 90s rock music. Songs like “She’s My Summertime” and “Skyline” are sweet love ballads that balance the rougher “Makes Me Feel Alive” and “Smoke Man”.

Owen’s identity is carefully laced into the lyrics he pens, tipping his hat to roots that inspire his craft. With a unique voice and the ability to transport listeners through soulful metaphors, Riegling has created a sound that will remain timeless, even as he evolves as an artist.

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