Aaron Fletcher Owens, a beloved Long Beach-bred guitarist and brother of late keyboardist and producer Ikey Owens has died. Over the weekend, The Weekly learned that Owens succumbed to congestive heart failure early Sunday morning after being admitted to a local hospital last Thursday. He was 38. The news was a devastating blow to the Long Beach music community, still morning the loss of Owens' brother Ikey, who died suddenly while on tour with Jack White in Mexico last October.
Courtesy Miguel Happoldt Aaron Fletcher Owens playing with Long Beach Dub All Stars at Skunk Records' 25th Anniversary in 2014
Aaron, the second of three brothers in the Owens family (including bassist/composer Brandon Eugene Owens), was a founding member of Pocket Lent alongside Ikey in the early '90s. He later joined Southern California ska/reggae outfit Hepcat as a credited player on their 1998 album Right On Time and full-blood member on 2000s Push n' Shove. Though he was often known as the quiet, more reserved of the three Owens brothers, Aaron's soulful style on the guitar gave him a loud voice in the Southern California ska and reggae scene, whenever he chose to use it.More »