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Hurricane, Utah, United States

Hurricane, Utah, United States
Band Blues Singer/Songwriter

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Review of Neil’s album ”Front Porch Prose”
“The songs aren't necessarily country...not quite folk... bluesy, but not too rowdy. With enough fiery passion burning, to make sure no one falls asleep! Just the right balance… Songs that seem to speak to the heart, from the heart. I know that sounds corny, but it’s refreshing to me to find music, so unpretentious and honest, that is well-crafted enough to just flow and be enjoyed.” “Neil seems to bridge the gap between the ultra-cool arrangements of Enoch Train, with the smooth conversational storytelling of Steven Curtis Chapman, and the warmth of James Taylor, and we need more James Taylor songwriting and singing in this world!” - LDSmusicians.com


... he doesn't just stick to one form of music, which is totally evident here on "Front Porch Prose" He can crank out bluesy jams like the groovy "Baby Blues" and the feel good "Goin Fishin", but he can also switch gears as shown with the heartfelt "I Survive" and the Inspirational "Close Your Eyes and Pray."... For those looking for some truly lyrically-beautiful songs, the emotional "Don't Wake Me Up Sunshine" and the truthfully sad, yet brilliant "Train To Catch This Morning" make for some great memorable ballads.
The best part of the album is when Owen goes into more serious territory with the Vietnam War inspired "How Long Can the Mekong Delta Last" which happens to be the best song on the album. Lyrics like "52 died today, and my mother's eyes turned to glass" will be poetic and highly moving for any listener...

Doug Radunich - The Independent, St. George, Utah - The Independent, St. George, Utah


Discography

"Just Blue"- Full length 12 tracks. released mid 90's.

"Front Porch Prose"- Full length 11 tracks. Released 2005.

"Peace & Harmony" Full Length 13 tracks. Released 2007

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neil bradley owen

Recent Winner of the 15th Annual Telluride Blue's Festival's-Solo Acoustic Blues Competition. Also winner of the Founder's Folk & Bluegrass Festival 2006 Songwriter Showcase in Snowbird, Utah. Honorable Mention in the Folkfest Songwriter's Showcase at Lyons, Colorado.
With 2 well received Independently released CD's behind him, singer/songwriter- neil bradley owen, or “blue” as many of his close friends call him, seems to be on his way. A genuine, heartfelt, bluesy, singer/songwriter... Neil’s songs prove to be instantly memorable, with melodies and lyrics that speak to the heart......just picture if you will... a bunch of folks with guitars, harp, dobro, upright bass, sitting around on an old rustic front porch, playing and singing songs about what makes life worth living. Music that just makes you feel good. Bluesy, acoustic, soul/folk with that ever present rootsy,earthy undertone, of those warm acoustic instruments... and oh, that voice... that's Neil Bradley Owen music.
Award winning singer/songwriter- neil bradley owen, put out his first album in the early 90's, called "Just Blue."
After a move to Phoenix, songwriting began in earnest again, with a new emphasis on acoustic instruments and a bluesy soul/folk type of groove. "Front Porch Prose" was released in late 2004 with 11 originals. Think Muddy Waters meets Van Morrison... After a stint with the acoustic trio "The Bums" neil began focusing on a new solo project.
The latest release is "Peace & Harmony" (2007) - a 13 track album with 11 new neil bradley owen tunes, and 2 covers from the 60's- SuzieQ and For What It's Worth, the old Buffalo Springfield song. says neil- "this new record has a very live/studio type of feel, I love the instrument and vocal tones we were able to find". Produced by neil and producer/player Ryan Tilby, you won't want to miss this bluesy new independent release.

2007 www.neilbradleyowen.com