Jack Owens, along with his friend Skip James was one of the players from their home town of Bentonia who used minor key tunings in their guitar playing, which gave it quite a different feel to the dark tones of the classic Delta Blues heard further north in Clarksdale. Jack didn’t use falsetto vocals like Skip, but his high tenor voice was typical of the ‘Bentonia school’, using a ‘melismatic’ singing style. Tommy Johnson was one of the wandering players from the south of Mississippi who took this style north to Clarksdale,where players like Robert Johnson would incorporate elements of the ‘Bentonia’ style into their Blues.
Further recording sessions followed, with Jack accompanied by harp player Bud Spires, and the results were released on the album ‘It Must have Been the Devil’. The Blues Festival circuit gave Jack more exposure than he had gained in 50 years of playing juke-joints back in the Delta, and he appeared several times in Europe, usually with Bud in tow. He played at the Long Beach Festival in 1994 when he was approaching his 90th Birthday, and passed away in Yazoo City in 1997.