Sam Evian is a performance alias of Sam Griffin Owens, a New York-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with an affection for the mellower sounds of the '60s and '70s. Also a studio multitasker, he helped to build the Figure 8 Recording Studios in Brooklyn, and his appreciation for vintage instruments and equipment and his knowledge of the contemporary are evident in his solo work. Similarly, he counts the Band, Shuggie Otis, Cate Le Bon, and Cass McCombs (whom he's produced) among his many varied influences.
Owens formed the indie rock group Celestial Shore with bassist Greg Albert and drummer Max Almario in the late aughts, and they released a series of EPs and singles beginning in early 2011. Their debut long-player, 10x, arrived in 2013, and was followed by 2014's Enter Ghost, both on the Hometapes label. In the meantime, Owens appeared as a guest on other bands' albums, including playing guitar and keyboards for Palehound and Here We Go Magic, and began as a house engineer at Figure 8. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.