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neil bradley owen: press/reviews

"I have to admit my first thought when I saw NEIL get on stage was: " Oh, just another guy with a guitar" I was Wrong. While casually talking with my friend, I noticed Neil wasn't "just another guy with a guitar." His bluesy style was immediately captivating and I wasn't surprised to later learn that he's a past winner of the Telluride Blues Festival.....
Brian Passey reviewing Electric Theatre Show- June 2009 - Spectrum Reporter-Brian Passey Blog: (Jun 8, 2009)
"Looks are deceiving when it comes to Neil Bradley Owen. You might mistake him for the guy next door... but when he picks up his guitar and sings, it's a transcendental experience...Neil is the real deal. Neil is the Winner of the 15th Annual Telluride Blues Festival's, 2008 Solo Acoustic Blues Competition. For musicians around here, it is comparable to a Grammy....We are lucky to have such a talented and humble musician in our community."
Noah Backman - The Independent, Summer Jam Festival Review (Jul 31, 2009)
Attended Folk and Bluegass Festival Snowbird, front row
seats - yeah! Awesome - heartfelt talent. Our friends have been
listening for years - your music travels with us all over the world.
Many thanks - hope to see you back in Utah soon. Tami
Tami - 2006 Founder's Folk Fest Attendee (Dec 6, 2007)

Reviews of "Front Porch Prose"

HURRICANE MUSICIAN NEIL BRADLEY OWEN SHOWS ON HIS SECOND ALBUM that just a lone man playing his heart out can create some of the best music to fit any mood... 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." "That's the Way It Is With Us" is a strait up acoustic mellow rock jam. 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
I JUST DISCOVERED THIS ALBUM AND WEBSITE TODAY. I wasn't familiar with Neil's work at all, and I only got to hear the samples from his website, but I just dug them so much!
Neil seems to bridge the gap between the ultra-cool arrangments of Enoch Train with the smooth conversational storytelling of early Steven Curtis Chapman, and the warmth of James Taylor, and we need more James Taylor songwriting and singing in this world! The songs aren't necessarily country...not quite folk...bluesy, but not too rowdy..with enough firey passion burning, to make sure no one falls asleep. Just the right balance. They seem to speak to the heart from the heart. I know that sounds corny, but its refreshing for me, to find music so unpretentious and honest, that is well-crafted enough, to just flow and be enjoyed.
It's that matter-of-fact, slice of life, honesty that shines through that caught me off guard. I particulary liked I SURVIVE (wow!) and CLOSE YOUR EYES, but there seem to be a bunch of gems there. The production is fresh and lively, but the spirit is soothing. Can't wait to check out the whole album. I love finding surprises like this!!!
Steven Stewart - LDSMUSICIANS.com Review

Press releases for use in Publications

Singer/Songwriter neil bradley owen from Hurricane, Utah has just announced his 3rd independent album release, entitled "Peace & Harmony". Neil's albums are distributed by Heartrise Music, of Logan, Utah. Owen's music is an eclectic mix of acoustic blues and soul/folk, with touches of gospel thrown in to keep it interesting. Recorded at Soularium Studios, in Alpine Utah, with Producer/Player Ryan Tilby, this new album of Owen's has a distinctive live studio feel, and as always with neil's music, has that ever present warm feel to it, which comes from his use of numerous acoustic intruments including- guitars, dobro, mandolins, fiddle, and harmonica.
Neil has many performance dates scheduled throughout Utah and Arizona this summer to promote the new album, including a big show at the IAMA (Intermountain Acoustic Music Assoc.) Founder's Folk & Bluegrass Festival on saturday, July 14th,at Snowbird Utah, where last summer he won the Songwriters Showcase Contest. First Place among nationwide entries, earns him the right to return this year in the Festival's main lineup, to perform a full set of music. Owen or "Blue" as his musician friends call him, can be seen locally at a special concert in his hometown of Hurricane, at the City Park on Main street, saturday, the 30th of June at 8pm. Learn more about neil, his music, and upcoming performances at his website at www.neilbradleyowen.com.
PRESS RELEASE announcing new CD "Peace & Harmony release (Jun 22, 2007)
PROMO PRESS KIT BLURB-
With 2 well received Independently released CD's behind him, and another coming the summer of 2007, award-winning 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 of the first degree, 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 their guitars, mandolins, upright bass, harmonica, and anything else anyone can shake or beat, sitting around on an old, wooden, 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 earthy undertone, of those warm acoustic instruments... that's Neil Bradley Owen music.
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!”
For use by Venues & Promoters - Press Kit Blurb (Apr 19, 2007)