Listen: Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist David Owen Previews New Album With ‘Stella Marie’

Listen: Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist David Owen Previews New Album With ‘Stella Marie’

Sarah French

‘Oh Suzana Blues,’ due out April 15, is produced by guitarist extraordinaire and blues legend Colin Linden.

Recorded in Nashville, David Owen’s latest and best yet recording, Oh Suzana Blues, celebrates the popular entertainer and respected acoustic-blues veteran’s triumphant return after a horrific tragedy and self-imposed exile.

David, who accompanies himself on guitar and blues harp, was last heard from in 2015 with Livin’ Life — a recording that created real blues-world buzz. (“This is a well-done, good-sounding and tasteful album,” commented one industry insider, Bruce Iglauer, proprietor of Alligator Records.)

The Ottawa-born troubadour’s life-long musical quest died four summers later, sadly, when the police showed up at his door to inform him that his wife and mother of their three children, Suzana, had been in a boating accident at Lake Joseph, in the Muskokas. David rushed his children to a hospital in Sudbury to be informed of her passing and allow the children to say their goodbyes.  It would take months for the singer-songwriter, who had been estranged from his wife, to write the goodbye song to his lost love, however.

“Oh Suzana Blues,” along with “Stella Marie” — a song specifically about Suzana’s death — are the heart and soul of David’s latest album.

“Oh Suzana our time went oh so fast/ I wish I could have slowed it down and made it last.”

Oh Suzana Blues is produced by guitarist extraordinaire and blues legend Colin Linden, who has played and recorded with Keb Mo, Lucinda Williams and Bob Dylan, and many others. Joining David and Colin on this recording are Dominic Davies and Fats Kaplin.

Before tragedy and the pandemic struck, Dave’s career had been steadily building in Ottawa, Toronto and other parts of Canada since the ‘80s. In addition to headlining his own shows, the gifted singer-guitarist-songwriter has opened for the immortal Bobby “Blue” Bland, Muddy Waters’ boy, Big Bill Morganfield, Sue Foley and many others.

He continues to live in Uxbridge, Ontario, where earlier this winter he fashioned a “rink of dreams” for he and Suzana’s three young children.

David Owen

 

Legendary Downchild Blues Band Present Free Father’s Day Charity Concert

Legendary Downchild Blues Band Present Free Father’s Day Charity Concert


Press Release

SPECIAL GUESTS – DAN AYKROYD, COLIN JAMES, JAMES COTTON, COLIN LINDEN, JONAS, & WAYNE JACKSON OF THE MEMPHIS HORNS

In celebration of Father’s Day and what would have been the final date of The Legendary Downchild Blues Band’s 50th Anniversary Tour, the band are streaming their “Live At Massey Hall” concert in its entirety as a FREE SHOW for fans on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 7:00 Pm (EST), all in support of a very important cause, the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Downchild were joined on stage by some very special guests for their historic “Live At Massey Hall” performance, including Hollywood Star Dan Aykroyd, blues/rock icon Colin James, American blues legend, James Cotton, Grammy Award winner Colin Linden, Montreal chart topping rocker Jonas and the one and only Wayne Jackson of The Memphis Horns.

Sneak preview of“Soul Man” featuring Dan Aykroyd performing alongside Downchild:

Downchild will premiere their “Live At Massey Hall” concert for an exclusive one-night-only viewing on their official YouTube channel on June 21st at 7:00 PM (EST).

Donations to Unison in conjunction with the Downchild concert can be made by texting UNISON to 45678 or visiting UnisonFund.ca/Donations/Spotify

All donations made to Unison will be matched by Spotify as part of the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project that has been created to amplify the efforts of organizations that focus on helping those most in need, like the Unison Benevolent Fund. Spotify will match donations made to Unison dollar for dollar up to a collective total of $10 million USD.

The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. They are there to help professional music-makers in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties. For further, information on Unison and they great work they do, please see Unison Fund.

“We are honored to be able to support a great cause like Unison, that truly takes care of our own, in supporting Canadian artists and Canadian music industry professionals in this difficult time. Like so many people across the country and around the world, the music community has been hit hard by the pandemic.” – Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh

Downchild came to international prominence as the inspiration for Hollywood stars Aykroyd and the late John Belushi film, The Blues Brothers. In fact, two Downchild songs, “Shotgun Blues” and “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost” were even covered on The Blues Brothers’ 1978 multi-platinum album Briefcase Full of Blues.

2018 Juno Award winners, Downchild, include some of the most well respected musicians in the country, who have performed together for over 25 years.  Including lead singer and harmonica player CHUCK JACKSON, PAT CAREY on tenor sax, MIKE FITZPATRICK on drums, GARY KENDALL on bass, and former American super-group rocker MICHAEL FONFARA (of Rhinoceros/Lou Reed fame) on keyboards.

The Legendary Downchild Blues Band

Bruce Cockburn and True North Records Announce 50th Anniversary Box Set

Bruce Cockburn and True North Records Announce 50th Anniversary Box Set


Press Release

Limited edition 5X180g vinyl box set to be released September 25

 

 

To be active and relevant in music for 50 years is a significant achievement for any individual recording artist. The same can be said for any independent record label. To achieve this milestone together as an artist and label team without interruption has to be one of the most extraordinarily rare events in music.

To celebrate this milestone, Bruce Cockburn and True North Records have produced True North – A 50th Anniversary Box Set, a limited edition vinyl box set containing three of Bruce’s most significant recordings. The first album where it all started, the self-titled debut Bruce Cockburn, along with two albums that have never before been released on vinyl: The Charity of Night and Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu.

Each album has been re-mastered by Bruce’s long-time producer Colin Linden, and is pressed on coloured vinyl. The five-180 gram discs are contained in original artwork sleeves adapted from the original designs by the acclaimed graphic designer Michael Wrycraft, and housed in an individually numbered box signed personally by the artist. There will be only a limited initial pressing.

“Looking back over the arc of 50 years of recording, performing, and travel, not to mention relationships and personal challenges, I can only shake my head and mutter a word of thanks for all of it,” says Bruce.

Pre-order to reserve a signed and individually numbered box set containing three of Bruce’s most significant recordings.

 Set includes: The self-titled debut Bruce Cockburn along with two albums that have never before been released on vinyl; The Charity of Night and Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu.

 Orders will be filled to arrive on release date September 25th, on a first come first serve basis, with the lowest individually numbered boxes allocated to the earliest online orders from True North.