Dean Owens (feat. Joey Burns, John Convertino, Jacob Valenzuela) “New Mexico”

Beginning on 5th March, Scottish singer songwriter Dean Owens will release a series of EPs as a prelude to his next full-length album, ‘Sinner’s Shrine’, recorded with musicians from Calexico.  The EPs will include a song each from ‘Sinner’s Shrine’ along with songs from the album sessions and other new recordings.  Through various lockdowns, Owens never stopped working and manged to pull together artists from Scotland, the USA and Germany, including Joey Burns and John Convertino of ‘desert noir’ specialists Calexico and guests like Grant Lee Phillips.  The new material – partly recorded at WaveLab Studios and partly long distance – reflects Owens’ love for the desert states of the American Southwest.  Musically and visually this captures that mood perfectly.

‘New Mexico’ is the first single from ‘The Burning Heart – The Desert Trilogy EPs, Vol 1’.  Owens describes the song: “A song that first appeared on my lo-fi debut solo record, The Droma Tapes. I always said that was the black and white version, and I thought ‘New Mexico’ should have the full Technicolor treatment. And now it has.”

Owens is joined by brilliant collaborators, Joey Burns (upright bass, electric guitar, accordion) and John Convertino (drums, percussion), creating an atmospheric whole sound.  However, the song really comes to life when Jacob Valenzuela’s trumpet comes to the fore.  Ruth Barrie has once again created an excellent video, combining footage of the musicians with the sweeping, majestic landscapes of the deserts that inspired Owens.  It’s compelling stuff and a great introduction to the trilogy of EPs that will soon follow.  To order the EPs, including limited edition box sets, head over to the crowdfunder/pre-order page here.  Enjoy.


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From up north but now hiding in rural Suffolk. An insomniac music-lover. Love discovering new music to get lost in - country, singer-songwriters, Americana, rock...whatever. Currently enjoying Nils Lofgren, Ferris & Sylvester, Tommy Prine, Jarrod Dickenson, William Prince, Frank Turner, Our Man in the Field...
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