Brian Owens Makes Sunday Night Soul Debut

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By Ron Wynn

NASHVILLE, TN — Multiple idiomatic references are the hallmark of vocalist Brian Owens’ distinctive style. He’s comfortable singing blues, soul or country, and there’s also echoes of gospel that infuse his approach. Sunday night he’ll be showcasing his dynamic hybrid style when he makes his “Sunday Night Soul” debut at the 5 Spot. “Jason (vocalist/bandleader Jason Eskridge, organizer and creator of Sunday Night Soul) and I have been talking for a couple of years about me appearing there,” Owens said during a Tuesday morning phone conversation.”I’m really looking forward to playing Nashville again. I have a lot of friends in that area, and also friends coming from St. Louis. It should be a great night.”

Owens has made reworking timeless soul and country tunes a vital part of his approach. His previous solo albums have included stunning tribute works to both Johnny Cash and Marvin Gaye, each done in compelling,fashion, and both reflecting Owens’  beliefs on the closeness of various genres. “One of the things that I’ve always realized, and it’s the case with many other artists, is the closeness of these songs. People like Donny Hathaway and Ray Charles, they grew up listening to the...