Edinburgh based Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed and established singer / songwriters.
Previously the front-man of the much loved and lauded Americana act ‘The Felsons’, Dean has subsequently been recording and touring as a successful solo artist for the last three years. His first two solo albums ‘The Droma Tapes’ and ‘My Town’ were both very successful and attracted significant critical acclaim on release, while his new album ‘Whisky Hearts’, generally agreed to be his finest work to date, is set for its full commercial release on Navigator Records on the 15th September 2008. The release will be preceded and followed by a series of live dates around the country.
The album itself will be subject to a major national advertising campaign, while the sleeve notes for it are penned by no less than Irvine Welsh of ‘Trainspotting’ fame - a big fan of Deans. A track from ‘Whisky Hearts’ is also set to appear on a ‘Rock n’ Reel’ cover CD, exclusively featuring Navigator Records artists, in the August edition of the magazine.
Dean recorded ‘Whisky Hearts’ exclusively in Nashville, Tennessee with a band that featured many internationally acclaimed musicians from that area. They include Al Perkins (Flying Burrito Bros, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones and, most recently, Solomon Burke); Thad Cockrell, Will Kimbrough (Americana Instrumentalist of the Year award winner / Rodney Crowell Band); Jen Gunderman (Jayhawks) and Robert Reynolds and Paul Deakin (The Mavericks) among others.
On its initial release in 2007 on Vermillion Road Records, ‘Whisky Hearts’ attracted highly positive national media reviews and radio play via the likes of Russell Brand, who recently played a track on his Saturday evening BBC Radio 2 programme - and followed this by affording Dean a rare live session on his show. The album also secured air time on the Radcliffe / Maconie and Aled Jones Radio 2 shows, and has been featured extensively on Radio Scotland, most notably the Tom Morton afternoon show, where Dean recently performed a live session and interview. Although not a country music artist as such, Dean has supported artists such as Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and the Mavericks on UK tours, while he is now set to join Nanci Griffiths at the Royal Concert Hall in Perth on 1st August, 2008 during the ‘Southern Fried’ Festival.
Thanks to Peter Holmstedt - Hemifran