"Funny and fearless" (The New York Times) pianist-singer-songwriter Judith Owen will once again join Bryan Ferry on his North American tour this August. Owen opened as a special guest for Ferry’s spring tour, getting rave reviews along the way: "Judith Owen captivated with her cheeky wit and sharp storytelling, in a Randy Newman-esque way." (Pittsburgh Times Online). Joining her onstage will be legendary bassist Leland Sklar with Pedro Segundo (percussion), adding Gabriella Swallow (cello), and Lizzie Ball (violin) from August 3. New Orleans’ Helen Gillet (cello) joins Judith July 27-30.
On March 3, Owen released the US/Canada version of her 11th solo album Somebody's Child, which was called “near perfection” (Paste) and was named in the 2016 "Top 100 Records of the Year" (The Sunday Times Culture UK).
"One of the albums of the year" - The Independent (UK)
"The best album Joni Mitchell never made" - Rolling Stone (Germany)
"Her best yet" - The Sunday Times (UK)
"****" - Q Magazine (UK)
"Dazzling eclecticism" - Uncut (UK)
Known for her love of musical variety and melding it into a great stylistic gumbo all her own. ‘Somebody’s Child’ is the culmination of this mix: voice and piano front and center, songs that are vignettes of life crafted from the perspective that we ARE all “somebody’s child” - parental as well as planetary. An album about us.
“By nature, I am a diverse musician. It’s who I am because of all the music I grew up being exposed to, from opera to Sinatra, Joni to Stevie Wonder, and everything in between,” says Judith.
Whereas 2014’s critically-acclaimed ‘Ebb & Flow’ was personal and very much a love letter to Laurel Canyon, ‘Somebody’s Child’ takes a leap from the confessional to the observational, whilst recruiting the same crèmede la crème of Los Angeles session musicians - bassist Leland Sklar, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and drummer Russell Kunkel - and incorporating them with her British-based musicians - master percussionist Pedro Segundo and sublime cellist Gabriella Swallow - to create a fresh new dynamic.
“It's a very British thing where you love mixing all those styles. It's classical. It's pop. There's jazz. There's rhythm and blues. Then there's rock thrown in there too.”
Recording with Kunkel, Sklar and Wachtel, studio stalwarts behind Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Laura Nyro among others, and touring with them “served as this incredible calling card for me. I waited a long time to be able to work with some of my musical idols. I’m a late bloomer,” she admits.
Watch Judith Owen talk about the inspiration behind and making of ‘Somebody’s Child’ here.
Summer Tour Dates
* Special guest of Bryan Ferry
+ Judith headline show
Aug 9 - River Cree Resort - Enoch, AB *
Aug 11 - Chateau St Michelle - Woodinville, WA *
Aug 13 - Orpheum Theatre - Vancouver, BC *
Aug 15 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR *
Aug 17 - The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan- Las Vegas NV *
Aug 19 - Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA *
Aug 20 – The Mystic Theater – Petaluma, CA +
Aug 21 - Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA *
Aug 22 - Largo at The Coronet - Los Angeles, CA +
Aug 23 - Humphreys Concerts by the Bay - San Diego, CA *
Aug 29 – Festival of Arts – Laguna Beach, CA +
Find-out more at http://www.judithowen.net/