“ Put simply, Lethbridge Owen are what ‘The Rumours’ line-up of Fleetwood Mac could have been if they hadn’t imploded. Superb!! I love the little percussive pushes, pristine harmonies, lovely production and intricate guitar work - it all flows!”
“’Mind Over Matter’ is defiantly a different record with the self-confidence to steadfastly refuse to follow trends or chase genre classification. It is a celebration of cerebral musicianship that nevertheless manages to retain a radio-friendly accessibility. Glory in its diversity and celebrate its candid creativity.
This album requires an acceptance that variety is the spice of life and that original songwriting knows no bounds. Rock? At times. Pop? Maybe. Country? Definitely. Americana and blues? Sure. Lethbridge Owen tick so many boxes on this deeply affecting record that it’s impossible to pigeonhole. Owen’s blistering solo on ‘Back To The Blue’ proves beyond doubt that nothing is off limits and everything is possible. Chasing that distinctive signature sound might prove to be the duo’s downfall, but it could catapult Lethbridge Owen into the big leagues.
There are moments where classic Fleetwood Mac meets the Rolling Stones; mellow breaks where Ward Thomas-esque country pop comes to the fore; and when they really let rip it's like listening to Tedeschi Trucks Band at their wondrous and expansive best."
Simon Rushworth, Rush on Rock
“Lethbridge Owen’s new music crosses genre boundaries with panache and class; echoes of Fleetwood Mac with a modern, vibrant application and fully from the heart. Thoughtful, fresh and engaging, this is music that everyone should give a chance. It will richly reward those that do.”
Great Music Stories - featured artist - Guy Bellamy
“Lethbridge Owen's always immaculate vocals, subtle and mature songwriting combined with stellar performances all round and with Jimmy Owen’s fantastic tone and incredible guitar playing make this band a must see. Lethbridge Owen really is one to watch out for."
John Dryland (Cargo Records)
“Jimmy Owen is an incredible guitarist – fabulous playing.”
“WOW! You’ll go far. Great vocals and playing and of course, great songs. Congrats.” Marcus Malone - Malone/Sibunn Band (Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin)
“Lethbridge Owen’s debut album is an intoxicating mix of rock and roots, with acoustic flavours underpinned by excellent songwriting and truly fine musicianship. Highly recommended by all of us here!”
Mark Ede, BiG I AM Management
“Owen was personally guided in vintage guitar sounds by one David Gilmour, which might explain his impressive expressive playing. Lethbridge provides a natural foil for Owen with a ripping good voice that adds the sass of KT Tunstall to the bang of KD Lang.”
“From the first chord struck to the last note sung, Lethbridge Owen’s whole show was simply outstanding. Jimmy’s fingers manoeuvre swiftly and effortlessly through a web of frets with outstanding skill, while Kelly’s silky smooth and faultless vocals dance and harmonise perfectly, commanding the audience before her, backed by a rhythm section so tight that with every stoke and beat you could feel the power. If you have not seen Lethbridge Owen yet I urge you to do so soon – a truly wondrous sight to behold.”
“Mind Over Matter’ encapsulates the perfect blend of traditional and modern music and is simply beautifully well crafted from beginning to end.”
Wrinkly Rockers Club
“This brilliant LP is filled with musical quality, melodic intelligence and celestial harmony. The songs, created with love, shine with lucid harmony and take listeners on an emotional journey, and Kelly and Jimmy’s chemistry is truly captivating. If you like the idea of a Connie Smith / Linda Ronstadt-style soulful, countrified voice accompanied by a Lindsey Buckingham type performer, you’re going to love this. The comparisons will obviously be made between Lethbridge Owen and Buckingham Nicks, but if anything, Kelly is closer to Christine McVie in sound and erudition.
This album’s expressive sounds are designed to provide relief and release from everyday hardships – and maybe now, more than ever, we need beautiful and thoughtful music in our lives.”
“Jimmy’s incredible guitar playing was matched by Kelly’s strong vocals. They covered their two singles ‘Taking Over Me’ and ‘Leaving Home’ along with ‘Hope’, ‘The Great Healer’, ‘If Only’ and the Lindsey Buckingham-inspired ‘Nothing Sacred’. Kelly and Jimmy harmonise perfectly together, with Jimmy’s guitar playing the stand-out feature of the duo, ranging from a classical guitar style on some songs to a full band sound (by use of a loop pedal) on others. Certainly a group to watch out for.”
“Lethbridge Owen are being called England’s answer to Buckingham/Nicks: West Coast influenced but with sounds of country, folk, and even some Rolling Stones and Tom Petty there. The opener All We Have Is Hope has a lovely melancholic feel to it where the Fleetwood Mac influence is heard straight away, though Kelly’s voice has more of the sweetness of Christine McVie than Stevie Nicks. These twelve songs will suit many tastes, from lovers of California-style contemporary AOR to Linda Ronstadt and of course 70s rock, not forgetting jazz and funk.
Lethbridge Owen have produced a feel-good record. Jimmy and Kelly duet beautifully with a nice mix of harmonies, great intricate guitar grooves and licks, and wonderful tight arrangements. It is great to see homegrown talent like this bring a little sunshine into these somewhat dark and gloomy times.”
“Lethbridge Owen have have been in no hurry to put an album out, instead spending their time wowing audiences at live shows and crafting beautifully written songs. ‘Mind Over Matter’ is a confident debut album that nods to the past while setting its sights firmly on the future. Jimmy Owen and Kelly Lethbridge make a captivating and dynamic duo whose songs will work their way into your brain and refuse to budge. Masterful, mesmerising guitar work from Owen along with Lethbridge's soaring, hypnotic vocal create so many gorgeous little nuances that make you want to listen time and time again. "
Claire Hill, Down The Front Media