Russell Kunkel (Lyle Lovett, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, etc) appeared with Judith Owen at NYC’s Slipper Room Wednesday night. An emotionally charged performance, the evening showcased new songs from Owen’s forthcoming CD Ebb & Flow, which will be released in the US on April 22nd. The CD reunites drummer Russell Kunkel, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and bassist Lee Sklar who have not recorded together for 15 years.
“Leland and I play a lot together on lots of different things,” stated Russell Kunkel, “lots of different sessions. He plays with Lyle [Lovett] from time to time so we work together a lot. But Waddy, Leland and I haven’t done anything together for awhile until we did this album with Judith. Being able to come out and do some of these live shows with her it’s just been terrific. It’s wonderful. Leland refers to it as putting on some old comfortable shoes and it’s exactly like that. We’ve got so much history playing music together that it just happens real quick. It just falls in and it’s just incredibly comfortable.” Cick HERE to read more!
“There was a lot of history ranged alongside Judith Owen on the small stage in the basement room of the St James Theatre in London last night. The collective recording credits of the bass guitarist Leland Sklar, the guitarist Waddy Wachtel and the drummer Russ Kunkel include Tapestry, Sweet Baby James, Blue and Ladies of the Canyon, For Everyman and The Pretender, Heart Like a Wheel and Hasten Down the Wind and other cornerstone works of the 1970s Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter movement. Not the kind of rhythm section you might expect to find on an average March night a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace.
The gig was a showcase for Owen’s new album, Ebb & Flow. Her eighth, it is released next month and was recorded with these same musicians in Hollywood last year: a bit of a dream come true for the Welsh singer-songwriter, who will be known to some as a participating singer in some of Richard Thompson’s projects, including the 1,000 Years of Popular Music show. She’s a gifted writer, an extremely fine singer and an excellent pianist, her playing meshing perfectly with the de luxe work of her accompanists: Sklar’s purring bass lines, Wachtel’s deft melodic fills and turnarounds, Kunkel’s majestic underplaying and sense of texture. Visually, too, they were a treat: Sklar with an elegant white beard almost long enough to get tangled in his strings, Wachtel with mad grey curls and granny glasses, and Kunkel, shaven-headed and neatly suited and wearing shades, looking rather alarmingly as though he had just finished a stint guarding the door of an Essex nightclub.” Click HERE to read the full article!
In an album of overwhelming honesty and beautifully written songs, ‘I’ve Never Been To Texas’ stands out as a dreamy story-telling tune about losing love. Soulful piano playing accompanied by a soothing melody and Judith’s seductive tones make this a mellow yet captivating track.
“‘I’ve never Been to Texas’ is about love-sickness, half song, half dreamscape”, says Judith. “I was living in London, a young broke musician and fell in love with a bloke from Texas. He told me stories about his home and it sounded like a magical, romantic place, all shimmering roads through cactus filled deserts, slow moving armadillos and blue-eyed cowboys. I’d never been out of the UK, so I had no idea what the real Texas looked like!” Click HERE to read the full article!