Sunny Ozell’s appearance at this year’s The Long Road Festival has a lot to live up to. Back in May, she both performed at and curated a female-led line up at Red Rooster festival. She also has compère experience, having presented a key award at the Americana Music Association Awards in 2018, and later that year co-presented the AMA-UK award nominations show alongside Baylen Leonard.
Perhaps Leonard, The Long Road’s Creative Director, spotted Ozell’s stage presence then. When she plays the festival on Sunday afternoon she’ll give Americana fans a preview of songs from her second album, Overnight Lows, due out in 2020.
Hailing from Reno, Odell later gravitated to L.A. and New York. Both places influenced the upcoming album. It was recorded in L.A. and featured notable New York Village musicians such as Adam Levy, Andy Hess (The Black Crowes, David Byrne) and Ethan Eubanks. Other players included Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant, Alison Krauss), and Tyler Chester (George Ezra).
While her recent work celebrates the burgeoning Americana genre, her background is classical. Having began vocal training age ten, she joined the Reno Opera Company at the tender age of twelve as their only child member. Later, when performing in New York clubs, she added jazz, Latin, blues and roots to her repertoire.
So, if you’re spending your Sunday at The Long Road Festival, you can expect a sonic smorgasbord at the Interstate Stage when Ozell performs from 1:05 to 1:55 p.m.. Keep an eye on the festival’s app in case of any last-minute time changes so you don’t miss out!
Keep an eye on Ozell’s website for album release details soon.
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