Biography

  • Started a duo with brother Nels in 1956 - 1957
  • Joined the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps in 1963
  • Formed a folk group (San Quentin Seven) 1963-1965
  • Performed as a single act - old country music and folk music – on 12 string guitar in California and South Dakota 1966 – 1971
  • Formed Dave Oyen and the New Men – country band 1971-1978
  • Moved to Nashville and performed in Nashville from 1978 – 1983 as a single and with country bands
  • Returned to South Dakota and perfomed as a solo act and with country bands 1983-1987
  • Congregational song leader at the Church of Christ in Chino, CA 1989 - 2009
  • Inducted into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame 2009
  • Moved to Flathead Valley, Montana in 2009
  • Performed with a mixed chorale group – The Valley Voices 2010
  • Inducted into the Legends of South Dakota Country Music – May 2011
  • Released "Recollection" in 2012
  • Released "San Quentin Seven 50th Anniversary Edition" in 2014
  • Released "Acoustic" in 2018
  • The album "Acoustic" is awared the 2018 album of the year by the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Albums – “The San Quentin Seven” 1964; “The Oyen Boys” recorded 1970; “Thanks for Listening” 2000; “The Civil War” 2003; “Collection” 2008; "Recollection" 2012, "Acoustic" 2018.