Video: Buffalo Blood “Vanishing World”

The sun rises over the wide open vistas of Abiquiu, New Mexico, and with it, the music gently lifts and swells.  By the time the voice of  Americana UK-favourite Dean Owens sings, “This land we loved // Will be no more // Soon to be forgotten // To some distant lore,” we are already absorbed, drifting away with a sonic beauty that matches the desert below.  Later, the addition of Audrey Spillman’s ethereal voice elevates ‘Vanishing World’ still further.  This is an excellent new release from trans-Atlantic collective Buffalo Blood, which features Joshua Britt (mandolin, vocals) and Grammy-nomiated Neilson  Hubbard (drums, vocals) alongside Owens and Spillman. Continue reading “Video: Buffalo Blood “Vanishing World””

Video Premiere: Dean Owens “A Song for the Dark Times”

Two weeks before the lockdown, Ian Rankin, famous crime novelist, was performing at Cash Back In Fife, the festival organised by award-winning singer-songwriter Dean Owens.  The pair got chatting about Rankin’s new Inspector Rebus novel, ‘A Song for Dark Times’.  The outcome of that conversation, from many months ago, is that these two creative souls are sharing the title and releasing new material simultaneously.  Continue reading “Video Premiere: Dean Owens “A Song for the Dark Times””

Video Premiere: Dean Owens “To Where the Heart Is”

We are delighted to share the video premiere of the new single from Dean Owens.  ‘To Where the Heart Is’ takes the listener on a nostalgic journey, rich with detail and personality.  We can all relate to the memories he explores here: of distant places and times, old friends and the people who grew up together and went separate ways.  The song was recorded with the full Whisky Hearts band, including Amy Geddes (fiddle), Brian McAlpine (keys), Craig Ross (guitar), Jim McDermott (drums) and Mike McCann (bass guitar). Continue reading “Video Premiere: Dean Owens “To Where the Heart Is””

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Dean Owens

We are all having to find new ways to live and cope in the age of social distancing.  There are such barriers to our natural instinct to socialise.  but as Dean Owens sings: “Let’s all get together from a distance // Help each other through this, you and I.”  That’s what we’re aiming to do with our series of exclusive mini-gigs. And this is a real treat.  Owens is in fine form on this new song about the current crisis.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Dean Owens”

Dean Owens “The Man From Leith: The Best Of Dean Owens” (Eel Pie Records, 2020)

Dean Owens is a story-teller, in musical form and from a grand Celtic tradition (a ‘blether’ perhaps?). The songs on his ‘Best Of’ collection ‘The Man from Leith’ give ample testament to this fact. Rather than epic, rambling tales of supernatural heroes or gods and goddesses, though, he recounts small stories that draw in turn from his family history, his personal experiences and the tales of others, heard third hand. Each of these yarns is spun into melodic gold and presented to us in a pleasing user-friendly package. Continue reading “Dean Owens “The Man From Leith: The Best Of Dean Owens” (Eel Pie Records, 2020)”

Cash Back In Fife, Woodside Hotel, Aberdour, Fife, 6th – 8th March 2020

A new addition to the Scottish music scene, Cash Back In Fife is a weekend of music dedicated to the memory of Johnny Cash and in particular, Cash’s delight at discovering he had ancestors who had come to the new world from the ancient kingdom of Fife in Scotland. It’s the brainchild of Dean Owens, the singer songwriter from Leith who has previously released an album of songs sung by, written, or inspired by Cash. That album, ‘Cash Back (Songs I Learned From Johnny)’ led on to a successful Edinburgh Festival Fringe show and when Owens heard of Cash’s links to Fife, allied to his discovery of a relatively new music venue in the Fife village of Aberdour, well, something clicked. Continue reading “Cash Back In Fife, Woodside Hotel, Aberdour, Fife, 6th – 8th March 2020”

Dean Owens & The Southerners, Sounds In The Suburbs @ The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 15th December 2019

The irony of this cross border trio appearing in Glasgow in the wake of an election which saw England and Scotland diametrically opposed was not lost on Dean Owens tonight. The prankster in him surreptitiously arranged for the sold out crowd to chant the terrace anthem of ‘Cheerio, Cheerio’ as the actual southerners, Jim Maving and Tom Collison, joined him on stage. Seasoned troupers, they took it in their stride, humbly apologising for inflicting BJ on us and asking if they could stay up north permanently. This was of course, good-natured jousting, and it set the scene for a fabulous and good humoured show with lots of banter and audience interaction amidst the tremendous music the trio performed. Continue reading “Dean Owens & The Southerners, Sounds In The Suburbs @ The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 15th December 2019”

Interview: Dean Owens – On the road with The Southerners

Kicking off this week is a short tour allowing folk to experience three top-notch musicians who have all been recognised by our buddies at the Americana Music Association-UK at their annual AmericanaFest. The Southerners consist of Dean Owens, winner of the AMAUK’s UK Song of the Year back in January, Tom Collison, instrumentalist of the year in 2018 and Jim Maving who is nominated in the same category for the January awards ceremony. The latest in a long line of collaborative projects from Owens, The Southerners are more home grown than his international efforts such as Buffalo Blood and perhaps his first formal link up with musicians south of the border. Continue reading “Interview: Dean Owens – On the road with The Southerners”

Dean Owens is back from the States for UK Dates

Dean OwensBack following a 2 month, 12 state tour of the United States, Dean Owens returns for dates in the UK next month. Touring as Dean Owens & The Southerners, Dean will be joined by fellow band members Tom Collison (Instrumentalist of the Year, American Music Association UK, 2018) and Jim Maving, whose distinguished career includes stints with Case Hardin and as Mick Ralphs’ (Mott The Hoople/Bad Company) go to guitarist.
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Buffalo Blood + Lucas & King @Celtic Connections, The Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow, 25th January 2019

The live world premiere of a project which crosses the Atlantic, delves into roots music and offers insights into current events which blight the planet, is just about perfect fodder for Celtic Connections, a festival which prides itself on, well, connecting. So, conceived in Leith and in Nashville, gestated in New Mexico, and then finally delivered, fully formed, in Glasgow, Buffalo Blood is alive and kicking. Continue reading “Buffalo Blood + Lucas & King @Celtic Connections, The Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow, 25th January 2019”