SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION CD
Dean: “Pictures is brand new, and is a little side project I cooked up with my dear Nashville buddies Neilson Hubbard and Will Kimbrough (or The Willie Neilson Band as I like to call them!)*.
The full title of the album is Dean Owens, featuring Will Kimbrough and Neilson Hubbard – Pictures. It’s a collection of very personal songs, with Dean recorded in East Lothian and Will and Neilson recorded all their parts in East Nashville. It feels like a good old fashioned rootsy band record. Pictures is a sibling to Into The Sea and Southern Wind (both produced by Neilson, and featuring Will on guitars), bringing to mind the spirit of some old Ronnie Lane albums.
Apart from Dean’s vocals and acoustic guitar, Will and Neilson play all the other instruments, with the exception of a small cameo appearance by Amy Geddes, who plays fiddle on one of the tracks.
1. Hills of Home (4:11)
2. Pure Magic (4:33)
3. Sometime (3:59)
4. Staring At The Lid (3:31)
5. Boxing Shorts (4:58)
6. Great Song (3:24)
7. In My Dreams (3:46)
8. Dalry Cemetery (3:48)
9. Buffalo River (3:46)
10. Friend (3:45)
11. Pictures (4:54)
I’ve gotten to work with Dean for almost a decade now making art together. We explored themes from his homeland in Scotland and the gothic vibe of the American south…. We even got in a van and drove into the Southwestern desert and made a record outside exploring the themes of migration through the Native American history. The one constant in all of these journeys has been a voice. A voice that feels so effortless and so pure. It has reverberated in my studio in Nashville and it has echoed in the canyons of New Mexico. Dean’s voice hangs in the air like a bird flying majestically through the sky. It’s the thing that always stops me in my tracks after hearing one note. It’s the thing that makes me say “yes I’m in” each time a new project is conjured.
This new record is no different. Even making a record separated by an ocean and a virus was still something I wanted to be a part of. These songs are some of Dean’s most personal, and in my opinion, some of his best. The logistics were different. Dean recorded his vocal and acoustic in Scotland. He even added a couple of choice parts and harmonies. Will Kimbrough and I were in Nashville and played to those tracks Dean sent for a few days in the studio. Dean zoomed in of course. It’s not our normal journey, but we were able to create the same energy and feel of those other records….. and find the unique soul for this record. It still has the personality, it still has the heart, it still has that voice.
I’m thankful I’ve gotten to be a part of Dean’s music this last decade. This is a special record.
Neilson Hubbard, Nashville (Sep 2023)