The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 17, 2010

Schmitt trades gridiron for guitar

It’s difficult to shake that image of the bloodied face of Owen Schmitt as he paced the sidelines in Morgantown.

He had either just drilled an opponent with a head-on collision, claiming yet another broken facemask, or bashed his helmet against his own forehead in an attempt to motivate or admonish himself.

Despite that, Schmitt is a head-banger no more.

Not that he’s gone soft since joining the Seattle Seahawks after a successful stint as fullback for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

No, ol’ No. 35 has gone country.

Schmitt will be making an appearance with the Davisson Brothers Band at the Lost Parrot Beach Bar & Grill on Neville Street in Beckley Thursday night. Schmitt is a part-time guitarist and vocalist with the Clarksburg-based group.

The Davisson Brothers Band is described on its Web site as having “a unique style infusing a remarkable blend of country, southern rock and bluegrass to create a distinctive sound.”

So how does Schmitt and his image fit in? And just how does one go from the gridiron to the stage?

“He’s a great guy,” said Donnie Davisson, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. “He’s one of the best guys I’ve met. He’s a lot of fun. Owen has a lot of energy, and he’s becoming a really good guitar player.

“We were playing a show at the Wisp Ski Resort in Maryland one time,” Davisson recalled. “There he was in the crowd. I kept thinking, ‘I know that guy from somewhere.’ He came up and talked to us after the show and I guess the rest is history.”

“It’s been a blast,” Schmitt said. “Music is something that’s always been a part of my life. The Davisson Brothers are a class act. We’re having a lot of fun.

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