Keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens has passed away at the age of 38. Owens is a famed keyboardist having played with numerous bands including the Mars Volta, Long Beach Dub All Stars, and Jack White’s all male backup band, the Buzzards. Early in Owens’ career, he also guest appeared on a number of ska releases.
Owens death is a sad loss for the music world. Jack White’s record label, Third Man Records, posted a statement on their website reading, “He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans…Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled…We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.”
Throughout his very prolific career, the playing of Owens can be found on a number of recordings by Free Moral Agents, The Mars Volta, Reel Big Fish, The Hippos, Mastodon, Saul Williams, and El-P, among many others.