Singer/songwriter Judith Owen has forged a career out of being unpredictable. And while she’s peppered various cover songs into her albums over the years, she does so in her own way — and that will continue on May 25, when she releases redisCOVERed.
As its title might suggest, this will be a collection of re-interpretations of various classics and contemporary hit songs recorded by Owen and her band, but with a unique approach. For example, she restyles songs including Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You,” Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and more.
Of particular note is her take on Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” a tribute to the late Chris Cornell. In a recent interview with Rock Cellar, Owen discussed the importance of discussing mental health and channeling her own issues into her music — something to which we can all relate, for sure.
There are also two covers of Joni Mitchell songs, “Cherokee Louise” and “Ladies Man,” as Owen pays tribute to one of her musical heroes.
Here’s her rendition of Donna Summer’s disco classic “Hot Stuff”:
“Over the years, so many people, whether it be [film producer] Nick Wechsler or audience members who hear the covers I’ve done over the years, have always had the question, ‘Why don’t you make a collection of these things because they’re so unique and unusual?’” Owen said in a statement about the album. “And I had to really ask myself why I do these covers and why they bring me so much pleasure.”
The track listing:
1. “Hotline Bling”
2. “Shape Of You”
3. “Black Hole Sun”
4. “Hot Stuff”
5. “Cherokee Louise”
6. “Can’t Stop The Feeling ”
7. “Ladies Man”
8. “Smoke On The Water”
9. “Summer Nights”
10. “Play That Funky Music”
12. “Dream A Little Dream Of Me”
Owen, who happens to be married to Harry Shearer (of the Simpsons and Derek Smalls fame), and will celebrate the release of redisCOVERed with some live shows accompanied by Leland Sklar and Pedro Segundo:
May 10 – The Iridium NYC
May 12 – The Preserve at Chocorua – Tamworth NH
May 17 – The Mansion on O Street – Wash DC
May 18 – Havana – New Hope PA
May 23 – NightTown -Cleveland OH * Judith and Lee Duet
May 25 – Notes @ Copious – Columbus OH *Judith and Lee Duet
May 26 – Black Crystal Cafe – Ann Arbor MI * Judith and Lee Duet
May 27 – SPACE – Evanston IL
May 29 – Shank Hall – Milwaukee WI