“Scotland’s most engaging and haunting singer-songwriter” IRVINE WELSH
Edinburgh based Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed and established singer-songwriters.
Dean’s solo career has seen him tour far and wide and impressively can boast the USA and Australia amongst many of the places that he has been invited to perform across the globe. Dean is also highly regarded amongst other musicians and has played shows and toured with Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Joan As Policewoman, Eddi Reader, John Hiatt and Nanci Griffiths, to name but a few.
As well as juggling busy tour schedules Dean still finds time to fulfil his true passion of writing new material. In the past 12 months Dean has released his new album - New York Hummingbird, recorded in the Big Apple with some exceptional New York based musicians.
More recently his Cash Back (Songs I Learned From Johnny) album has been released. Inspired by one of his lifelong idols, Johnny Cash, this album has received great critical acclaim - A quiet little gem of an album’ – The Sunday Times – “Masterful!’ - Maverick Magazine, ‘fantastic stuff - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2.
‘Whisky Hearts’ is still considered a huge favourite of Dean’s albums. The album was recorded and produced exclusively in Nashville with a band that included many internationally acclaimed musicians from that area, including Al Perkins, Will Kimbrough, Jen Gunderman, Kevin McGuire, plus Robert Reynolds and Paul Deakin of The Mavericks. A huge fan of the album, Russell Brand, regularly played tracks on his BBC Radio 2 show and Russell also invited Dean to perform a live session on the show.
Dean can usually be found in the line up of Celtic Connections, the world’s largest winter music festival, and his song Raining in Glasgow was used to promote the festival by BBC Radio Scotland.
In his early career Dean was the front-man of the much loved and lauded Americana band The Felsons.