Toni Price hasn't played in these parts much since her move from Austin to California a couple of years ago. But for Lonesome, Onry and Mean, her show tonight is made all the more interesting by the inclusion of Nashville songwriter Gwil Owen. Owen isn't a household word, but the guy has written more songs than he can even count anymore, like "Deuce and Quarter," a song he cowrote with Kevin Gordon that was covered by Keith Richards and Levon Helm on their album All The King's Men
"Tumbleweed," which was covered by Price, was voted song of the year in 1995 at the Austin Music Awards. Owen and Allison Moorer were nominated for an Academy Award for "A Soft Place To Fall," which was part of The Horse Whisperer
soundtrack. Owen's 2008 release Gravy
, produced by Richard Ferreira, is a fine example of Southern soul and was on LOM's list of sleeper albums of last year.
During her career, Price has cut over 30 of Owen's songs. Tonight, Owen will open with a set of his material, then he will accompany Price, who will do mostly Owen's material. Got all that? This should be a pretty special evening for fans of great songwriting.