Photo: Susan Flood
Judith Owen: GRAMMY.com First Listen
On May 6 British singer/songwriter Judith Owen will release her latest album, Ebb & Flow, which features storied session players Russ Kunkel (drums), Leland Sklar (bass) and Waddy Wachtel (guitar). Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to the emotional "Train Out Of Hollywood."
"When I plucked up the courage to ask them to play on the record, I was amazed they said 'yes'," said Owen on recording with Kunkel, Sklar and Wachtel. "But working with them was hand in glove because when I write songs, I'm hearing a sound in my head — and they knew the sound because they originated and defined it. In some ways, the record is almost a love letter to those guys and the classic sound they invented."
Born the daughter of an opera singer, the London-born Owen began songwriting as a teenager. Her debut album, Emotions On A Postcard, was released in 1996 and featured "Hand On My Heart," which appeared on the soundtrack for the 1997 film As Good As It Gets. Owen followed with a string of albums with elements spanning multiple genres — rock, folk and jazz — including Limited Edition (2000), 12 Arrows (2003), Here (2006), and Mopping Up Karma (2008).
Ebb & Flow explores the classic troubadour style of artists such as Carole King, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, whose music was aided by session musicians such as GRAMMY-nominated producer Kunkel, Sklar and Wachtel, according to Rolling Stone. Collectively, the three session players have played on classic albums by GRAMMY winners including King's Tapestry (1971), Mitchell's Blue (1971) and Taylor's Sweet Baby James (1970), among others. Ebb & Flow features 12 tracks, including "Train Out Of Hollywood," "Hey Mister, That's Me Up On The Jukebox," "I Would Give Anything," and "I've Never Been To Texas."
Beginning May 13 in New York, Owen is scheduled to perform select dates in the United States through June.