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Song of the Week: Judith Owen - "I've Never Been To Texas"
5 March 2014 8:17 AM, PST
Singer/songwriter/pianist Judith Owen proudly wears her troubadour influences -- Carole King, Laura Nyro, Joni -- on her sleeve. Hey, being informed by such grand company only works when you can deliver. And deliver she does on her latest solo effort Ebb & Flow. She even enlisted one of the best La backing bands ever -- bassist Leland Sklar, drummer Russ Kunkel, and guitarist Waddy Wachtel. "I've Never Been To Texas" is one of my favorite songs from her soon-to-be-released, delightful soft rock album. She's currently on tour with Mr. Sklar. Don't miss her!
- Dusty Wright
I Feel The Earth Move, Almost
4 March 2014 1:04 AM, PST
Describing Beautiful by comparing it to Jersey Boys seems unfair. Jersey Boys, of course, is a long running smash hit musical, and holding any new musical to the high standard of a major hit is asking a lot. But, while watching Beautiful, it is difficult not to think of the new Carole King musical as Jersey Boys Lite. That does not mean Beautiful is lacking in assets -- it has a terrific performance by Jessie Mueller as King and is filled with great songs, written by King and Gerry Goffin, as well as some from the team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The result is an entertaining musical, but one that does not rise to the dramatic or emotional heights desired in a great show.
Beautiful tells Carole King’s story, starting as a successful songwriter while still a teenager, »
- James Miller
Quote of the Week: Matthew McConaughey
3 March 2014 7:44 AM, PST
"So to any of us … whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to and whoever we’re chasing, to that I say Amen, to that I say all right, all right, all right, and to that I say: Just keep living, huh?"