It’s Christmas 1981, and the people of Falkland are flocking to the street. A man has come to town, a man dressed in black baring a wide smile. This man in Johnny Cash and he has come home. Johnny Cash, the globally recognised country folk singer traced his roots to Fife, a stones throw away from where I was raised. So, how much can we own him? Well…rather than speculate, why not just ask the family? In this episode I interview Johnny Cash’s daughter, Rosanne, about her and her fathers Scottish roots and why we should be singing it from the rooftops!
Rosanne Cash, award winning country singer and daughter of Johnny Cash
Dean Owens, Scottish singer-songwriter from Leith and founder of the Cash Back Festival
Bobby Beveridge, retired police detective and owner of the Violin Shop in Falkland
David Latto, my brother, and professional singer-songwriter from Fife.
Sat 29 Feb – Dean was delighted to be invited back on BBC Radio Scotland’s Off the Ball (“the most petty and ill informed show on radio”!) to trade banter with “Scotland’s odd couple” Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan, with subjects including football, Cash Back in Fife, being a Hearts fan in Leith, Dean’s new album, hospitality disasters (including a memorable story about a private gig with The Felsons!) and lots of football related nonsense.
Listen again on BBC’s iPlayer (till 30 Mar); guests arrive from approx 38 mins in. (Note: may be subject to geographical limitations)
Read about Dean’s recent adventures in USA – including recording with Calexico in Tucson, international songwriting summit in Arkansas, showcasing at Folk Alliance (and at Americanafest UK). Plus news about the brand new Cash Back in Fife festival in March, and the upcoming release of The Man From Leith (The Best of Dean Owens), on CD, vinyl and digital, on Eel Pie Records. And tour dates… phew!
It’s all about the gigs! Including details about Dean’s summer shows at Edinburgh Fringe, Fringe by the Sea – and a long lead one for December, which Dean’s delighted to announce will be with The Southerners this year. And there’s a new live video from the recent tour. Click here for full details and ticket links
If you’re not already a subscriber to Dean’s Mailing List, you can sign up here (via Mailchimp). Your data is held securely, and is fully GDPR compliant.
You can access Dean’s Summer Newsletter here, with photos from his recent USA tour, and news about upcoming UK tours. And an exclusive first look at a video he made while in Sheridan WY, with The Two Tracks.
Happy New Year from Hummingbird Towers.
There’s a load of great stuff in the pipeline, including the Celtic Connections (2 Feb) launch gig for new album Southern Wind (released on 16 Feb, on At The Helm Records, and available for pre-orders NOW!)
Plus solo gigs in Leith (9 Jan) and High Wycombe (13 Jan).
Exciting news for Black Friday, and it won’t cost you a dime (or even a penny!). The first single from Southern Wind – The Last Song – is available (for a limited period) as a FREE download. Click here for links and info.