Rehearsal with the boys. just two days until we start the tour with Brian Ferry!!!
“This was the end of her Ebb & Flow album tour, encompassing a group of songs that evoke the spirit of the halcyon days of the great 70s troubadours. There were songs about love and loss, pain and joy, dreams and despair. She touches upon the tightrope walk of the human condition with honesty and tenderness. Joining on her stage was a stellar line up of musicians with Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and a man I have frequently drawn on the London circuit Pedro Segundo (percussion).
Segundo was described as ‘easy on the eye’ by Judith Owen and his Dreamboat Willie demeanour hadn’t gone unnoticed amongst the crowd although the man himself squirmed in modesty a few times. It was he who led us into ‘In the Summertime’ which had a rich and creamy consistency, rather than the hopping cricket of Mungo Jerry here we were lifted on one of those soft breezes that doesn’t cool but elevates, invariably to higher planes.”
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5 out of 5 from LOFTsKAMMER in Denmark! “The new Carole King”
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“Take all the best 70s rout from Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor (whose composition ‘Hey Mister That’s Me On The Jukebox’ is included as one of the few cover versions) and Jackson Browne. Blend for about 30 seconds, and the hottest music smoothie is ready with the name: Judith Owen.
It is rare for an album hits so utterly spot with every track. Judith Owen is no vårhare, this is her eighth studio album under his own name – but perhaps the first time she launched to the Danish audience in larger, serious style.
It opens with two own compositions. The irresistible ‘Train Out Of Hollywood’ and tributes to her recently deceased father, ‘I Would Give Anything’. Summer banks quietly on the shaded version of Mungo Jerry’s 1970 hit ‘In The Summertime’. All the time it is with intensity and fervor in focus both vocal, interpretative level and compositional.”
I recently went to see “Beautiful”, the Carole King bio-musical that follows her rise from Brooklyn bobby soxer to Brill Building hit machine. Does it get any better…a night of songs that feel like old friends?
Well actually it does, that is of course, when you get to see it with your current bass player and drummer, who, it just happens, were her 1970s rhythm section, the legendary Leland Sklar & Russ Kunkel. It’s true!!!
We were touring Europe, had a night off in London and decided to go see the newly opened West End production at The Aldwych Theatre. Seeing it with them gave me the strangest sense that I was in a film about a film, slightly surreal and as if I was siting amongst the cast members!
Tough audience you’d agree, but we all left feeling the same way, that this was a truly entertaining show about a remarkable time in the music business and the equally remarkable relationship between hit writing teams/spouses Carole King/Gerry Goffin and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. The songs that poured out of them in their quest for the number one spot are nothing short of breathtaking… (Google them NOW)
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