The shock of losing brothers Ikey and Aaron Fletcher Owens last year is still something the local music scene is struggling to come to grips with. It was almost a year ago when we got the devastating news that Ikey, widely known as an original member of The Mars Volta, founder of Free Moral Agents, and Jack White's band, died of a heart attack while on tour with White in Mexico. He was 38 years old.
David James Swanson (left)/ Courtesy of Miguel Happoldt Ikey Owens (left) and Aaron Fletcher Owens
About five months later, that blow was compounded by the news that his brother Aaron, former guitarist for Hepcat, succumbed to congestive heart failure (also at age 38). In the weeks that followed each of their untimely deaths, the outpouring of remembrances and support for the Owens family was immense.