Abby Owens – Indiantown and ‘Fore the Light Comes”
So way down in Waycross, Georgia there’s a young woman singer songwriter just waiting to be discovered and her name in Abby Owens. Jason Isbell has already found her and produced her latest EP Indiantown. Here’s what he says about Abby:
“Abby Owens is an incredible singer, an interesting and unpredictable songwriter, and a real sweetheart. You’ll love her.” – Jason Isbell
I stumbled across her music a couple of Mondays ago when I saw her name on the Roots Music Report and currently her album is at number 35. I downloaded the 6 song EP and liked what I heard. From the opening autobiographic “Indiantown” through the closing “Rise and Shine” Jason Isbell has done a fine job of showcasing Abby’s fine vocals and strong songwriting! I particularly like the songs “Am I What You Desire” and “Don’t Want You Around”.
After listening to Indiantown I put her first album ‘Fore the Light Comes on the MP3 player and it’s just as good with a little more country rock feel! She reminds me a little of Kim Richey. Abby grew up in a house where her mama listened to a lot of blues, country and rock and roll. Stuff like Bonnie Raitt, Fleetwood Mac and Gram Parsons…As she got older she discovered artists like Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and Patty Griffin. And now she shared the stage with the likes of Mic Harrison from Superdrag, Justin Townes Earle, Unknown Hinson, Charlie Louvin, Jason Isbell and Kevn Kinney. Here’s what she says on he website about her music:
All my songs come from real events and real people in my life. I am a storyteller with songs. My inspirations are real stories from my life – the people, happenings, emotional responses and everyday occurrences that affect me. I’d be doing all this anyway, but the feeling that something I write might resonate in your life helps drive me to create. For me, music is a heartfelt connection; it’s a personal conversation between you and me. It won’t always be pretty but it will always be true. If you’re in my life, you’re in my music.
Just go ahead and check out her music and you won’t have to go much beyond the first track of ‘For the Light “It’s Already Changed”, ok maybr it’ll take through “Drive” the third track before what Jason Isbell says becomes a reality “You’ll love her”.
Here’s a performance of “Boulder to Birmingham” at the Gram Parsons tribute in 2008