Owen County native returns and he’s ready to rock

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By John Whitlock

For several years, Dan Bourne has only returned to his native Owen County for funerals, reunions and family get-togethers.
This weekend, Bourne will be back … and he is ready to rock.
Over the course of the past four decades or so, Bourne has made his living as a musician. He has found success with Caught Red Handed along with band mates Todd Starns, Jimmy Calhoun, John Stinnett and Jack Kennedy.
The band has opened for several major acts including Kansas, The Little River Band, .38 Special, Exile and Blood, Sweat and Tears. Four years ago, Caught Red Handed opened a Four Tops concert at Elk Creek.
“This time, we are straight up the main act and it’s exciting for me personally,” Bourne said.
His musical journey has been a long one that started in 1965 when he and some other Owen County boys started a band called Juveniles Incorporated.
Along with his friends Don Bowling, Don Ayers, Rick Dunavent and Charley Perkins, Bourne and the band found popularity in the community.
Influenced by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and other British Invasion bands, Bourne became a paid professional musician in his teens.
“We played sock hops, some parties at people’s home and one time we played at the old Owenton Hotel across from the courthouse. That was the big time for us,” Bourne said.
With the support of his parents, Ray and Doris Bourne, he pursued his musical dream.
“My family owned Ray’s TV so they were kinda well known in the community,” Bourne said. “They knew I was serious about music and the band kinda made a name for itself around Owenton.”
Music was always part of his family, Bourne said.
“I was blessed. My family is very musical. My three sisters and a brother, all sang in church and loved music,” Bourne said. “I wasn’t the most talented in the family but I was the one who got some opportunities to purse music.”
After Bourne graduated from Owen County High School, Juveniles Incorporated broke up but it didn’t stop him from moving ahead.
His next band was named “Blue Souls” and performed at several venues across the state including shows in Lexington and Louisville.
Around 1971, Bourne and Charley Perkins broke away from the band and ventured out on their own as “Blue Soul.”
By 1972, it was time for Bourne to move on and he helped form “Cold Smoke,” which also toured around the state.
“Cold Smoke played a variety of different types of music, mostly rock by a few country songs to keep the crowd happy,” Bourne said. “That was a lot of fun.”
In 2000, Bourne joined Caught Red Handed. It has been his most successful gig yet.
But coming back to Owen County is special to Bourne.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Bourne said. “I don’t get back very often to see people, usually for funerals or to go to the cemetery or class reunions,” Bourne said. “I hope I see a lot of faces in the crowd that I haven’t seen for a while.”
After decades of playing professionally, Bourne said he has no intention of slowing down and is driven to continue.
“It’s a love of music and the camaraderie with the people I play with,” Bourne said. “The bottom line is I love to entertain people.”
Caught Red Handed will perform Friday at Elk Creek Winery with a special meet and greet for VIPs at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, go to caughtredhandedband.com