The two people on the left, Leland Sklar and Judith Owen, give this photo 2/3rd's of musical awesomeness. Here we are this past winter at Cafe Amelie in New Orleans with them plotting their upcoming tour, which brings them to Gypsy Sally's in Georgetown on May 19. Click here to buy the $15 tickets. The show starts at 8:30, with the doors opening at 7pm. My best advice: be there.
The tour is for Judith's new album, Ebb and Flow. She is a remarkable singer, songwriter, pianist, with a voice that lifts you, calms you, taps into every emotion in between - romantic, jazzy, bluesy, and with this new work she channels the spirit of the 70s. Not only that, she is backed on the album and the tour by the musicians who, according to Rolling Stone, "created the sound of the 1970s" - bassist Sklar, drummer Russ Kunkel and guitarist Waddy Wachtel. You've heard them on the landmark albums of James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Phil Collins. David Crosby called them "the best."
Lee Sklar recently appeared on the Grammy Awards with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Blake Shelton and Merle Haggard. With his distinctive white beard, you can't miss Lee (of course, from a distance you can't see the twinkle in his eye or the mischief he likes to make). What he does with a bass guitar is distinctive, too. Additional important note: he and his wife Maureen are "parents" to two adorable bassett hounds who like to pose for photos.
I have no musical talent except as an appreciator and fan. That's my role in this. I hope you'll come enjoy the artistry of my talented friends on May 19.