Josh Owen Band
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Josh Owen Band

Sunbury, Victoria, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | INDIE

Sunbury, Victoria, Australia | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2004
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"'The Long Way' album review 2010"

"Stellar vocal harmonies ... tasteful guitar ... slow-burning groove..... the bands natural feel always reigns supreme" Jesse Schrock, Rhythms Mag Oct 2010 - Rhythms Magazine


"Live Band Review 2010"

Josh's effortless charm and the band's fusion of jazzy, acoustic soul seamlessly merge sun-soaked Latin riffs and off-beat percussion with wistful emotive anthemic choruses - Callum Fitzpatrick - Beat Magazine - issue# 1233 p94 1 Sept 2010 - Beat Magazine


"6pm EP Reviews 2005"

What the critics are saying about 6pm....

"Not only does (Josh) possess incredible talent but also he infuses funk, jazz, soul and reggae so perfectly, his music isn't typical and predictable...l think I'm in love.” - Kate Hughes, Mixdown Monthly.

" the dynamic three-piece have finally laid out some tracks in the studio, capturing their mélange of soul, funk and roots to rousing perfection." - Sebastian Glass, Beat Magazine, Melbourne.

"...this EP is sure to win The Josh Owen Band plenty of new fans and serve as another stepping stone on their path to glory." - Jesse Shrock, Beat Magazine, Melbourne.

"Josh could easily take his music far beyond the Melbourne scene... The popularity of the roots' based power trio could see the Josh Owen Band tread the same path as others like John Butler and The Vasco Era." David Trethewie, Forte Magazine, Victoria.

- Various


"Live Band Review 2006"

Resonating somewhere between Ben Harper, Luther Vandross and Diesel, the pure soul of Owen's vocal is better than any chicken soup on a wintry Melbourne night. The set covered all of the CD faves including “Right On”, “Brother to Brother”, “Things Around Here”, “Get to Know Ya” and “Can’t Be Certain”.
By far the highlight of the night was Owen’s solo effort on “U and Me”. The man and his guitar simply stood and performed one of the most beautiful songs ever written. His cavalier and cheeky smile gave way to a furrowed brow as he made the guitar sing, producing noises more akin to piano and violin than the Richards Resolec he was wielding. The extra time and money spent customizing the axe was well worth it as the aural wine hypnotized every soul in the Arms. It was one of those pure music magic moments that make you grateful to be a Melbournite.
Wandmaker.
- Soulshine


"'Live' CD Reviews 2005"

What the critics said about the debut CD “Josh Owen Band Live”:

"Owen's stunning debut, recorded at Melbourne's Evelyn Hotel, has one thought running through my head constantly - this guy reminds me of Ben Harper (with a little Diesel and Hendrix too). But it's not just the look. It's the soul, it's the blues, it's the way he feels every note he plays, the way his voice soaks into your pores." - Karl Mayerhofer, Australian Guitar Magazine, Issue 48

"It's a bold strategy - release a live album for your debut and have it feature all originals. It is even better when it comes off, as it does for the Josh Owen Band. Ben Harper and Ryan Adams would love some of these tracks, while it is not hard to imagine blues rockers such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Johnny Lang stretching out on others." - Lee Howard, Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne

"Josh is that rare combination of both a naturally talented and well-schooled musician. Whether it’s funk, blues or reggae, the overriding element for Josh is the infusion of soul and he combines these genres to produce his very own original sound." - Pedro Manoy, The Drum Media, Sydney

“The Melbourne based talented funk trio Josh Owen Band is full of funk, reggae and roots taste. Josh's melodic and funky tunes remind me of PRINCE (Josh sounds like he inherited Prince's DNA for musical talent), and his laid-back melody has hooks of "Surf Music". I can't wait to listen to their upcoming studio recording album”. Jun Maegawara, Ad Lib Magazine, Tokyo
- Various


"'Do You Wonder' CD Reviews 2008"

What the critics are saying about Josh Owen (solo) “Do You Wonder”

“intimate atmosphere highlighting his soulful, convincing voice and superb guitar' 4 stars. - Billy Pinnell, MAG

“tasteful, pared-back soul .... inspired instrumental textures” - Jesse Shrock, Beat Magazine

“His voice is rich and nuanced... hear the gravitas in his groove” - Simone, Beat Magazine

“Jack Johnson-esque sensitive dood music” -Clem Bastow, Inpress Magazine

Josh Owen
Do You Wonder

After two releases with his band guitarist/singer/songwriter Josh Owen opted for a solo acoustic outing on the varied, appealing album. Initially recording just his vocals and guitar (Bass, drums, percussion and keyboards were added later), Owen created an intimate atmosphere, highlighting his soulful, convincing voice and superb guitar. Each song has it's own identity. The melodic Someday is enhanced by understated Hammond organ, Eventually has a reggae feel and After Midnight is a nostalgic ballad and instrumental Abigail has subtle slide guitar.
Reviewer: Jeff Jenkins
4stars
Music Australia Guide
June 2008
- Various


"Live Band Reviews 2008"


“The Josh Owen Band epitomise a perfect fusion of chunky riffage and feel-good soul bounce, but there is a certain something else... something that makes you smirk with anticipated satisfaction and go 'oh yeah...' when a riff is about to reach it's payoff; something that makes your knees buckle beneath you when the band gets to that downshift in the chord progression. I guess you could say that Josh Owen has found the bad-ass edge to his grooves.
” - Jesse Shrock, (live review) Beat Magazine 4 June 08


“They tick all the boxes... Brilliant, talented and oh-so-very nice... (Josh) gave everybody a masterclass in how to transfer musical skill into a decent song” .... Roadkill (live review) FasterLouder.com.au 6 June 08


- Various


"Live Solo Reviews 2008"

"The Queenscliff Music Festival 2008's wide ranging bill offered much to dip into... one discovery was Josh Owen's simmering vocals and teasing guitar lines" Andra Jackson, The Age, 2 Dec 2008.

"Josh Owen's easy going bluesy style and rich velvet voice was an ideal accompaniment to a relaxed ride on the Queenscliff Music Festival's historic (steam) train" Graham Blackley, Beat Magazine, 3 Dec 2008.
- Various


Discography

'The Long Way' debut studio album June 2010
'Do You Wonder' solo acoustic mini-album 2008
'6pm' EP 2005
'Live' Album 2005
Received radio airplay on ABC nationally, public radio, streaming via My Space & youTube. CD's distributed nationally by MGM. All songs available on iTunes.

The Long Way 2010

1.Tainted Whisper
2. Nasty Weather
3. Get To Know You
4. Come In Then Go
5. Never Gets Much Easier
6. Leave Your Light On
7. Again
8. Eventually
9. Can't Be Certain
10. Where Were You
11. The Long Way
12. Waiting

Do You Wonder 2008

1.Do You Wonder
2. Has Anyone Seen The Rain
3. Burns Low
4. Someday
5. Eventually
6. After Midnight
7. Abigail (instr)

6pm 2005
1. Save Me Save Me (4.10)
2. Can I Get A Witness? (3.29)
3. Southside Of The River (3.20)
4. 6pm (4.45)
plus bonus video of Has Anyone Seen The Rain

Live Album 2005

1. Brother To Brother (4.51)
2. Again (4.45)
3. Right On (6.34)
4. Lord's Hands (4.08)
5. Can't Be Certain (3.56)
6. Leave Ya LIght On (6.47)
7. Has Anyone Seen The Rain (4.54)
8. Kia Kaha (7.07)
9. U and Me (4.30)
10. Too Much Not Enough (4.27)
11. Things Around Here (4.22) demo
12. Get 2 Know Ya (4.48) demo

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The Modern Soul of Josh Owen

"Stellar vocal harmonies ... tasteful guitar ... slow-burning groove..... the bands natural feel always reigns supreme" Jesse Schrock, Rhythms Mag Oct 2010

Josh's effortless charm and the band's fusion of jazzy, acoustic soul seamlessly merge sun-soaked Latin riffs and off-beat percussion with wistful emotive anthemic choruses - Callum Fitzpatrick - Beat Magazine - Sept 2010

"Australia's Segovia" - Ernest Ranglin, 2009

Honed in the musical melting pot of Melbournes Brunswick Street, Joshs modern day spin on spiritual soul, a melange of funk jazz soul and reggae, creates an upbeat and sensual urban soundscape that stretches the bounds of roots music.

2010 also sees the release of the prophetically titled debut studio album 'The Long Way'. Encapsulating the essential soul, funk, rock, reggae and roots influences that make up the musical chameleon that is the Josh Owen Band, The Long Way streams a sonic spread of smoothness from Josh's silky vocals and understated guitar prowess through the masterful drumming and percussion of Jason Heerah, the undeniably funky Bass of Luke Hodgson fully supported by the virtuoso of all things keyboard Jake Mason and multi-instrumental genius Dorian West.

Josh Owen has seen his first three independent releases, a live band album, a studio band EP and a solo acoustic mini-album, receive massive critical acclaim and airplay all over Australia, including Triple J, RRR, PBS, FBI, ABC 702, 774 & 891, Dig Radio, RTR, ZZZ, EdgeFM and many more. Save Me Save Me was voted 1 on Triple Js Unearthed Roots chart and came in second in the semi-final round of UncharTed, the Tooheys Extra Dry online band comp, after being nominated as the Australian Community Radio finalist. Both band CDs have been released in Japan and a track has been released on a Brazilian surf compilation.

The Josh Owen Band epitomise a perfect fusion of chunky riffage and feel-good soul bounce, but there is a certain something else... - Jesse Shrock, (live review) Beat Magazine

After hugely successful gigs at Blues at Bridgetown (WA) and then no less than five performances at Queenscliff Music Festival 2008, Josh Owen followed up with a massive summer in 2009 with performances at the second Ocean Grove Festival, The Australian Open Tennis, Globe to Globe World Music Festival, Geelong Week, A Day on the Green with Simply Red, Thin Green Line Music Festival with Xavier Rudd and a mainstage appearance at Port Fairy Folk Festival. 2009 also saw the band kick off a record breaking 8 month (and still going) residency at the world famous Espy Hotel in St Kilda, a massive national tour with Toni Childs and solo performances in all mainland states.

"The Queenscliff Music Festival 2008's wide ranging bill offered much to dip into... one discovery was Josh Owen's simmering vocals and teasing guitar lines" Andra Jackson, The Age,

The band have become festival regulars with appearances at the Pyramid Rock Festival (06/07), Apollo Bay Music Festival (07), Melbourne 2007 Cultural Festival, and performed to 20,000 at Federation Square on New Years Eve (06/07). Josh has toured New Zealand twice, featuring on the Soundsplash Festival in 2007, and has appeared at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Frankston Guitar Festival, Narooma Blues Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival, Swan Valley Blues & Roots Festival and The Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival over the last two years. The Josh Owen Band are always spreading soulful music far and wide by touring WA, SA, Qld, NSW and Tas on a regular basis.

Josh has toured Australia and New Zealand as part of Reggae legend Ernest Ranglin's band, including the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. He was also handpicked to back Third World's lead singer Bunny Rugs during his Australasian tour and Sydney Festival shows, and has also kept up a grueling pace touring as a solo artist.

They tick all the boxes... Brilliant, talented and oh-so-very nice... (Josh) gave everybody a masterclass in how to transfer musical skill into a decent song .... Roadkill (live review) FasterLouder.com.au 6 June 08

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