Much-admired Scottish singer-songwriter Dean Owens is giving the music of Hank Williams a new Caledonian angle. As part of his busy UK touring schedule, which includes solo dates and a September run as special guest of Danny & the Champions of the World, he’s been performing Settin’ The Woods On Fire: Songs of Hank Williams at selected Scottish shows.
After dates at the Southern Fried Festival in Perth on 31 July and Glad Café in Glasgow last night (2), he and the Celtabilly Allstars (double bassist Kevin McGuire and lap steel maestro Stuart Nisbet) will celebrate Hank again at the Queen’s Hall as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on 24 August. Shetland fiddler Bryan Gear and singer-writer Sheila Henderson will be special guests.
That’s two nights after Owens plays a solo date at the Liquid Room in Edinburgh opening for Jason Isbell; in another prestigious recent show, at last month’s SummerTyne Festival in Gatehead and Newcastle, he opened for Gretchen Peters.
With McGuire and Nisbet, Owens has also recorded an accompanying album, Settin’ The Woods On Fire: Songs I Learned From Hank, limited copies of which will be available at the Queen’s Hall show. Owens will also have a deluxe edition of his excellent 2015 album Into The Sea released in September.
He recently returned from a trip to New Mexico, where he worked with Neilson Hubbard’s Neighborhoods Apart Productions on the documentary film and album project Buffalo Blood, due next year as a follow-up to the company’s award-winning The Orphan Brigade: Soundtrack to a Ghost Story.
“The response at my Hank shows has been amazing,” Owens tells uDiscover exclusively. “The whole audience is with me from the start singing along to every song. It’s so great to look down at your setlist and see that every song is a true classic.” More information at deanowens.com.
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