Houston, TX (December 3, 2004)–Legendary blues trumpet player and former B.B. King band leader and arranger, Calvin Owens, has been working closely with engineer Andy Bradley at SugarHill Recording Studios, on five simultaneous projects.
Pictured during sessions at SugarHill are (Front Row): assistant engineers Jesse Aguillar, Tommy Duplechain, SugarHill chief engineer: Andy Bradley, assistant engineer Jacob Grabezewski. Middle row–Charles Davis, Al Jones, Calvin Owens, Marvin Sparks, Ron Cole. Back Row–James Paige, Chester Farmer, Kenneth Randall, Deante Deese, Keith Vivens.
The first of the projects is a recently completed full-length album titled The Calvin Owens Show. Released in October 2004, the album was recommended by the great B.B. King as: “If you like good music, this CD is for you.” Tracked in SugarHill’s Studio A and mixed in Studio C, the album features Owens’ 18 member blues orchestra in conjunction with a funk rhythm section played by renowned musicians Marvin Sparks on drums and percussion and Keith Vivens on bass. This will be followed by The Calvin Owens Show, Volume 2 album, with an expected release at the end of 2005.
Owens and Bradley are also working on an album titled True Blue, a 12-year project for which tracking began in Europe in 1992 and overdubs have taken place at a variety of studios, including SugarHill. The album, which features the legendary B.B. King on guitar and David “Fathead” Newman on saxophone, will be showcased at the prestigious Midem Conference in France this year. The conference is a meeting ground for independent and major record companies, music publishers and distributors to network and explore new business. The album (previously released in the U.S. and Europe in 1993) is also set for a re-release in the U.S. only, in mid-2005.
Owens also plans to release a Live DVD of his live performances at the historic Eldorado Ballroom and the Kemah Festival in Houston, 2003. Bradley is currently mixing the audio in SugarHill’s Studio C where Owens plans to release the yet untitled album in 2005. Lastly, Owens and Bradley are working on a rap remix album, once again featuring Owens with his blues orchestra band and a variety of guest rappers. The music is a compilation of Owens’ work over the last 15 years and is set for a mid 2005 release.
For more information on Owens, please visit www.calvinowens.com.
SugarHill Recording Studios