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Judith Owen

JEFF ROSENBERG
8 pm, Thursday June 05 | Free.
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St.
 

[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Welsh-born, New Orleans-based chanteuse Judith Owen recruited the original Mellow Mafia for her newest album, Ebb & Flow—namely, Russ Kunkel, Lee Sklar and Waddy Wachtel, session players for the likes of Carole King, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, et al. While their trademark adult-contemporary vibe provides a suitable setting for Owen's somewhat mannered singing, her attempt here to reimagine Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" as a Joni Mitchell-esque jazzbo groove is an unforced error. I mean, when listening to the silly original, you can laugh off the crass sexism and classism of the lyric, "If her daddy's rich, take her out for a meal/If her daddy's poor, just do what you feel" as a ridiculous relic, but set amid these self-serious soft-pop trappings, it sticks out as an unfortunate howler. That doesn't mean you should skip tonight's free show, featuring legendary bassist Sklar backing Owen—your potential date's patrimony notwithstanding.



Where: Doug Fir Lounge
Phone: 231-9663
Address: 830 E Burnside St.
Website: www.dougfirlounge.com

 
 

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR
 
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