Kenny Owens ... Review from The Alternate Root
Soft strums match the easy time set by Kenny Owens as the Tennessee songman grabs a guitar and a pole, opening his latest release, Colored by the Blue, with “Gone Fishing”. The track marks the pace for Colored by the Blue with gentle rhythms while Kenny Owens offers his words and music as a healing balm as the album looks deep into a mirror, letting the gentle sway of rhythm transform the “Weight of the World” into a drop in the bucket as it makes use of horn blasts to ward off the rising water in “Fourteen Days of Rain”, sinks into self-pity as a message from the past stokes resolve in “The Small Stuff”, and follows a fiddle call into “Hours Before Dawn”.
With a nod to Gram Parsons, Kenny Owens dubs his music Cosmic American, letting the depth of his Roots dig down below the surface of the simple stories and the wealth of emotion the characters wear on full display. Classic Country backs Kenny Owens as he tips his musical hat to offer “Good Luck to You” and welcomes the sunshine feeling rising from being “Back in L.O.V.E. Again”. Colored by the Blue points to “Missy Brown” as it follows a traditional lifestyle down a rabbit hole of questionable choices and swallows a spoonful of bitter “Sugar” on a rock’n’roll rhythm as Kenny Owens closes out the album by singing his resume with “Troubadour Travelin’ Man”.
Look Both Ways CD Baby Review
J Philbrick **** Breathe of fresh air! Look Both Ways is a wonderful old-style country album with great arrangements of Owens' songs. Fine musicianship by the standard grouping of acoustic and electric guitars with bass, drums, keys and -best of all - great pedal steel in the Paul Franklin/Sneaky Pete tradition. Bebo is very tasty in his picking. Song topics are nicely varied, with no mention of loving his truck, or his gun, drinkin' with his boys, etc. As I said, very refreshing! His voice is unusual, but it conveys the meaning of the lyrics nicely. Closest resemblance is Rodney Crowell, and that ain't bad. There are lyrics, like Backburnin', and Look Both Ways that stick in my brain and I find myself singing them to myself. A good thing: i.e., they are catchy. This is a very good, feel good album by a pro.
7 Inches Vinyl Review
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