Singer/Songwriter/Pianist and wife of Spinal Tap and the Simpsons’ Harry Shearer, Judith Owen, played the Troubadour on July 23. This time around Owen is playing as a trio with bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins, Jackson Browne), percussionist/drummer Pedro Segundo (Ronnie Scott’s All Stars). Along with the band, saxophonist George Shelby (Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John) plays on select songs throughout the show. Whether playing originals or covers, Owen dazzles the audience with her great talent as both a singer and musician.
Most of the setlist came from Judith’s last two releases Somebody’s Child (2016) and Rediscovered (2018), both released on her and Shearer’s label Twanky Records. In recent years Owen has performed all over the world opening for Roxy Music’s Brian Ferry, and a number of solo shows. I’ve seen Owen over five times between the Largo Theater and Troubadour and am always amazed by how she recreates top hits of today and yestreday. From covers of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on The Water,” to Drakes “Hotline Bling,” to originals like “Somebody’s Child,” Owen puts passion and soul into each song.
After the show, Owen and Shearer greeted fans and signed copies of Rediscovered. Along with the Troubadour, Owen played several shows around Southern California with the last show taking place on July 26 at the Soho Music Club in Santa Barbara, CA. Owen resumes touring September 9 at the legendary Ronnie Scotts in the U.K. with a number of dates in Europe especially Sweden through October.
1. SOMEBODY’S CHILD
3. SMOKE ON THE WATER- Deep Purple
4. BLACK HOLE SUN- Soundgarden
5. SUMMER NIGHTS- Grease (John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John)
6. HOT STUFF- Donna Summer
7. LADIES MAN- Joni Mitchell
8. CHEROKEE LOUISE- Joni Mitchell
9. CAN’T STOP THE FEELING- Justin Timberlake
10. THAT’S WHY I LOVE MY BABY
11. HOTLINE BLING- Drake
12. MORE THAN THIS- Roxy Music
13. SHAPE OF YOU- Ed Sheeran
14. DREAM A LITTLE DREAM solo
15. PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC- Wild Cherry
16. BLACKBIRD- The Beatles
17. IN THE SUMMERTIME- Mungo Jerry