For brothers Joel and Scott Owen, who comprise The PawnShop kings, the term "home" is entirely relative to the situation at the moment. That's how Scott describes their growing-up experience.
"We spent most of our youth growing up in California," he told Billboard. "We actually migrated there from Dallas. My dad's whole side of the family was Oklahoma and Texas, and my mom's was Tennessee and Arkansas. Whenever there was family activity, we got on an airplane and headed east. Mom called it ‘Going home,' and then we'd come back to California, which was home too."
That diverse upbringing definitely can be heard in their music, as their influences are across the map – ranging from the soul of Mahalia Jackson to the southern rock of the Black Crowes. Of the sounds that inspired the brothers, Joel said "We grew up listening to Led Zeppelin. That was a huge shift for us when we heard them. We listened to the Beatles, and dad was a big Elvis fan, so he brought that in. As we got older, there were things like Toad The Wet Sprocket, but I would say the Beatles were the most influential, then Bob Marley and Johnny Cash and voices like that."