Celtic Americana from Leith via Nashville
Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s finest singer songwriters, with fans including Bob Harris, Ricky Ross, Irvine Welsh and Russell Brand.
Armed with a searingly soulful voice and a neat line in memorable heart-twisting melodies, Dean filters his love of Americana through a gritty yet lyrical Scottish sensibility. Acompelling and engaging live performer, with an innate ability to connect with any audience, with an emotional hurricane of stories and songs.
In his early career Dean was the front-man of the much loved Scottish Americana band The Felsons. His music has taken him far and wide, including Europe, USA and Australia. He has played shows and toured with the Mavericks, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Joan As Policewoman, John Hiatt and Nanci Griffith, and recently opened for Rosanne Cash at London’s Union Chapel (July 2015).
His new album (his sixth solo) – Into the Sea – was recorded in Nashville (with producer Neilson Hubbard) and released in May 2015, to rave 4 and 5 star reviews and claims of “best yet”. Recent radio sessions include Bob Harris Country (BBC Radio 2), Iain Anderson Show and Ricky Ross Another Country (BBC Radio Scotland).
His Whisky Hearts band is a mighty all star line-up, who can rock up a storm!
Magical – Ricky Ross (BBC/Deacon Blue)
Scotland’s most engaging and haunting singer-songwriter… Irvine Welsh
Full of great little stories wound around ear-worm-generating tunes– Folk Radio UK
Boasting a storytelling sensibility which deftly straddles folk and Americana... excellent… Artist of the Week – Scotland on Sunday
One of the best singer songwriters in Scotland... Sunday Herald
For God’s sake buy this album...! Russell Brand
Fantastic stuff… Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Rocks like the E-Street Band… Uncut