Al Owchar is a singer, songwriter, musician, cowboy poet and luthier. He was born in Drumheller, grew up on a farm near Rocky Mountain House and currently resides in Calgary.
While living on the farm he taught himself to play the guitar and harmonica and to sing and compose songs. Later in Calgary, Al continued to expand his musical interests by taking lessons on guitar, bass, banjo, accordion, mandolin and fiddle. He also played in local dance bands.
In his early years, Al had the opportunity to play bass for some of the top Grand Ole Opry stars such as George Jones, Merle Travis, Red Foley, Hank Locklin, Slim Whitman and Marvin Rainwater.
Today Al is still performing with his current dance band “Rusty Wires” and does singles and duets at cowboy poetry gatherings, corporate functions, seniors lodges and private clubs.
He has released seven CD’s using mostly original material. Al has also recently appeared on two Cowboy Country TV episodes. When Al is not involved with music he is generally repairing or building musical instruments. He is the recipient of the AMOCM Lifetime Achievement Award for 2009.
CD – From The Prairies To The Pacific
CD – Wild Fescue Grass
CD – The Dynamics Old and New
CD – Come Ride With Me
CD – Al Owchar
CD – By Request
CD – By Request 2