Press & Media

New Release: El Tiradito (The Curse of Sinner’s Shrine)

Continuing Dean’s collaboration with Calexico, El Tiradito is the follow up to Sinner’s Shrine, including songs from the long since sold out EPs The Desert Trilogy (recorded at Tucson’s WaveLab at the Sinner’s Shrine sessions and long distance). Disc 2 (El Tiradito) features the all new, all instrumental “soundtrack for an imaginary Western” which sees Dean unleash his full inner Morricone!

Release date: Fri 12 May 2023 (Digital and CD)

PRESS RELEASE: Click here for downloadable PDF

Video Single Release: La Lomita

Brand new video, inspired by Mexican Day of the Dead costumes and make up; fun, playful, but with darker tones, reflecting the song, originally recorded for Sinner’s Shrine (featuring members of Calexico).

Release Date: 2 Nov 2022

PRESS RELEASE: Click to download – La Lomita – video release

A Night With Ian Rankin (Tues 11 Oct 2022)

As part of an Autumn tour which sees Dean and his band The Sinners travel to the Netherlands (including Ramblin’ Roots Festival, Utrecht) and several dates for Scotland on Tour, Dean has been invited to be part of A Night With Ian Rankin, where he will play some songs for the best selling Scottish author. Ian’s iconic character Inspector Rebus is a Dean Owens fan, and has him included in his playlists in his latest book A Heart Full Of Headstones.

Check for updated tour dates

Edinburgh Castle (14 Jul 2022)

Dean was delighted to be invited to open for legendary Scottish band Texas at the iconic Edinburgh Castle on 14 Jul 2022

New Release: Sinner’s Shrine on Vinyl

After a year stuck in the global vinyl shortage queue, Dean Owens’ internationally acclaimed Sinner’s Shrine (recorded in Tucson AZ, with musicians from Calexico) is now available on vinyl – a gatefold sleeve, and luscious Tucson blue coloured vinyl!

Release Date: Fri 29 Jul 2022 (Vinyl)

PRESS RELEASE: Click here for downloadable PDF

New Release: Sinner’s Shrine

The long awaited transatlantic collaboration with desert noir icons Calexico.

Recorded at WaveLab Studios, Tucson AZ, released jointly on London’s Eel Pie Records and Netherlands’ Continental Record Services.

Release date: Fri 18 Feb 2022 (Digital and CD, vinyl to follow)

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Jul 2021 – Celtic Connections show comes to Ed Fringe, and new releases

16-30 Aug: Dean and Joey Burns (Calexico) bring Celtic Connections highlight Sinner’s Shrine to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. New single release The Hopeless Ghosts is out 27 Aug, and Vol 3 of The Desert Trilogy on 3rd Sep

PRESS RELEASE – JULY 2021 – Downloadable PDF

JAN 2021 – Celtic Connections show and new releases

31st Jan: Dean Owens and Joey Burns (Calexico) with Martin Wenk (Calexico) and Kevin McGuire – “live” at Celtic Connections online. Plus news of The Desert Trilogy – new triple EP release, recorded with musician from Calexico in Tucson, and long distance in lockdown. An introduction to the full Sinner’s Shrine album.

PRESS RELEASE – JAN 2021 – Downloadable PDF

Oct 2020 – A Song For The Dark Times – new single release

A Song For The Dark Times – New single (and video), which shares its title with Ian Rankin’s new Rebus novel, inspired by a blackbird. Featuring John Convertino (drums) and AMA-UK Instrumentalist of the Year Thomas Collison on keys, mellotron, bass and slide.

PRESS RELEASE – Oct 2020 – Downloadable PDF

Feb 2020 – The Man From Leith (The Best of Dean Owens) – release

The Man From Leith (The Best of Dean Owens) – new release – CD, vinyl, digital – on Eel Pie records, March 2020 (with liner notes by Irvine Welsh)

PRESS RELEASE – Feb 2020 – Downloadable PDF

Jan 2020 – Cash Back in Fife

New festival – honouring the legacy of US legend Johnny Cash (conceived and curated by Dean Owens) to take place at Woodside Hotel, Aberdour, 6 – 8 Mar 2020. With Rab Noakes, Ian Rankin, the Countess of Fife, and more…

PRES RELEASE – Jan 2020 – Downloadable PDF

May 2019 – Love Prevails at International Songwriting Competition

Love Prevails (from Southern Wind album) has been awarded an “Honorable Mention” by the International Songwriting Competition, for Love Prevails (co-written with Will Kimbrough). The Nashville based competition is open to songwriters worldwide, across a range of genres, with a panel of industry judges including Tom Waits, Adam Lambert and Rodney Crowell.

ISC statement: “There were almost 19,000 entries from 140 countries. Only 1% of all entries made it to the winners list of Honorable Mention/Placing(

Listen to Love Prevails on Spotify

PRESS RELEASE – May 2019 – Downloadable PDF

Mar 2019 – New single/video release + USA and UK Tours

Dean Owens announces new single/video release for UK Mothers Day + USA Tour (Apr/May 2019) – including dates with Will Kimbrough, Wild Ponies, Buffalo Blood and The Two Tracks – and UK Tour dates (June) with Tom Collison (Instrumentalist of the Year) and guitarist Jim Maving

PRESS RELEASE – Mar 2019 – Downloadable PDF

Feb 2019 – UK Song of the Year Award

Dean Owens wins the UK Song of the Year Award at the fourth annual UK Americana Awards which took place on Thur 31 Jan, at the Hackney Empire, London, compered by BBC’s “Whispering” Bob Harris.

PRESS RELEASE – Feb 2019 – Downloadable PDF

PRESS RELEASE: Press release and background notes for Southern Wind, released on At The Helm Records, 16 Feb 2018
Downloadable PDFs:
Dean Owens – Southern WInd – PR Sheet
Dean Owens – Southern WInd – Song Notes & Credits

March 2018
Dean Owens – Southern Wind – Press Quotes and Cuttings
**** MOJO
***** Country Music People
**** Country Music Magazine
***** Music Riot
***** Southside Advertiser

  • landmark album FATEA
  • unique blend… No Depression (Featured Album)
  • Editor’s Choice/ Featured Video Folk Radio UK
  • Album of the Week Celtic Music Radio
  • Video Premiere Americana UK
  • Hottest Record of the Week AAA Edinburgh
  • #36 Official UK Americana Charts
  • #3 Euro Americana Chart (March)


Jun 2018
PRESS RELEASE: Man of Many Songs, Many Hats – Tour News (UK, USA), New Single

Downloadable PDF:
Press Release – Dean Owens – Spring-Summer 2018 + Elvis

Feb 2018
PRESS RELEASE: New Video for Title Track from Southern Wind – inc cameo from Game of Thrones/Doctor Who actor

Downloadable PDF:
Press Release – Dean Owens – Southern Wind video
Link to video (Youtube)

January 2018
Glowing 4 STAR review in MOJO Magazine for Southern Wind
Owens hits a sweet spot… delivers straight and true on his self proclaimed Celtic spirit, country soul
4 STARS from Country Music Magazine too –
a rousing vulnerability that at times recalls Richard Ashcroft… the brilliance of Owens’ craft is it’s hard to decide if his songs are happy or sad…

November 2017
The video for The Last Song – the 1st song on the upcoming Southern Wind album, is featured on Americana-UK.
Dean: The first song Will Kimbrough and I wrote together (for Southern Wind). We bonded through our mutual love of Ronnie Lane and The Waterboys. We wanted to write a kinda pub rock song for the end of the night and we just sat jamming and throwing in names of some of our heroes.
The video was made by Ruth Barrie (Waltzer Films) and features the kids from Tribe Porty Youth Theatre.
The Last Song will be released as a FREE download single on Black Friday (24 Nov 2017)

Interview with Dean – chat about his favourite bands, life on the road, working with Will Kimbrough, and new album Southern Wind:

August 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Trailblazing to Nashville’s Americanafest + new record label, single and tour news

Downloadable PDF:
Press Release – Dean Owens – Americanafest-New label-single-tour news



Press Quotes
For God’s sake buy this album… Russell Brand

Magical… Ricky Ross (BBC)

Rocks like the E-Street Band… Uncut

One of the best singer songwriters in Scotland… Sunday Herald

great little stories wound round earworm generating tunes… Folk Radio UK

Echoes of Springsteen and the tear stained balladry of Ryan Adams… The Sun

heart shredding folk songs full of Scottish soul… No Depression

lush, sweeping Americana… Spiral Earth

the more you listen the deeper you fall into this ocean of the heart… FATEA